Associate, UN Policy + Advocacy Associate

Center for Civilians in Conflict
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 04

Position description

Center for Civilians in Conflict’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies, tools, and training to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.  


The Advocacy and Policy Associate will help manage a portfolio of advocacy and policy projects to advance CIVIC’s objectives at the United Nations (UN) in New York and Geneva. This will involve engaging with the UN Secretariat, Member States, and other actors on the protection of civilians, civilian harm mitigation, peacekeeping operations, and other country-specific and thematic issue areas, including in support of CIVIC country programs. The Associate will be responsible for developing and implementing advocacy and policy strategies in a collaborative and coordinated manner. The Associate will also provide technical research, project management, and day-to-day operational support.


This position requires professionalism, strong written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to think logically and follow process through to completion with minimal supervision. Strong knowledge of the UN system, particularly relating to peace and security, is essential. Experience working with the UN, governments, intergovernmental organizations, or NGOs, including in New York or Geneva, is strongly preferred.

Job Purpose: Provide substantive, operational, and technical support to CIVIC’s UN program to create advocacy and policy impact to strengthen the protection for civilians in armed conflict.

Travel:                          Up to 20% required (domestic and international)

Key Functions:   

  • Assist in advocacy and policy-based research for all CIVIC programs with key UN-based stakeholders, and independently manage advocacy and policy strategies to create impact for CIVIC against key benchmarks and deliverables.  
  • Closely monitor and report on key developments at the UN in New York and Geneva, with particular responsibility for the General Assembly and its main committees, including through direct stakeholder engagement, under the supervision of the UN Advisor.
  • Independently manage one/many projects, including managing relevant documentation for projects, monitoring project cash flows, synthesizing large amounts of data, and communicating with clients and donors.
  • Assist in the preparation of meeting materials, including data collection, preparation and assembly of materials, and development of talking points, speeches, and other communications products, in coordination with the communications team and relevant program staff.
  • Logistical support: arranging travel, both domestic and international, including flights, hotels, trains, and local transportation.

This position requires 3-5 years of related work experience, with strong preference for candidates who demonstrate strong knowledge of and experience working with the UN system. CIVIC provides thorough induction training to all new staff members. The successful candidate will have an active and curious mind, the ability and desire to learn new skills, be proactive in identifying opportunities and collaborative in capitalizing on them, strong writing and oral communication skills, and a strong sense of humor.


  • First-level university or college degree in international relations, political science, law, public policy and administration, or other related fields. Candidates with an advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) are preferred.
  • A minimum of 3 years of work experience in international relations, international law, conflict resolution, political science or other related fields. Candidates with experience conducting or contributing to advocacy and policy engagement for an organization are preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with all levels of staff, UN and member state representatives, and the NGO community, and to represent CIVIC in public and private.
  • Strong research skills, including the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.) and platforms like Dropbox and Slack are strongly desired.
  • Fluency in English is required; fluency in any of the five other official languages of the UN is desirable and considered a strong asset for this position.
  • Experience with social media and communications platforms strongly desired.
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team.

CIVIC provides an innovative leave package geared toward attracting and retaining high potential individuals and includes a flexible leave package (including all government holidays and the week between Christmas and the New Year). We also offer employer paid health benefits (medical, vision and dental), life and disability insurance, and 403b retirement savings plan with employer-matched contributions (up to 5% of salary).

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