Senior Policy Officer

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Mar 05

Position description

An exciting and challenging opportunity to work at the UK Mission to the United Nations, driving UK engagement and strategy towards the General Assembly (GA) of the United Nations to underpin the step-change in the UK’s activity in the UN as it leaves the EU.   The Senior Policy Officer will lead on: work to enhance the UK Mission’s expertise on the GA; assessing and prioritising UK engagement with partners and on initiatives across the GA; providing policy advice to senior managers in the Mission, and colleagues in London, on choices to enhance UK influence and how better to achieve UK objectives in the GA. 

The successful candidate will be in a busy team that leads on UK strategy in the GA, working closely with colleagues handling wider Development, Reform Climate Change and Human Rights policies. The role involves consulting and influencing a broad spectrum of contacts across the UN, in the non-government sector and in UK Government departments in London. 

The ideal candidate will have a flexible approach and be a strong team player. They will be comfortable managing competing and evolving demands in a fast paced environment, some organisational and bureaucratic and others relating to key policy choices and priorities; and they will have the judgement and ability to provide strategic advice to the Permanent Representative and down on key interventions that will make a difference to advancing UK objectives. They will have strong policy collaboration skills, and be confident defending their views or selling an initiative to senior policy managers, capable of negotiating competing cross-Whitehall priorities, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for making a positive contribution to the workings and culture of the wider mission. They will also be able to work efficiently through large amounts of GA material to prioritise work and advise managers on engagement opportunities. 

As the UK Mission continues to restructure to meet the demands of leaving the EU, there will likely be adjustments to the role in the future. Therefore, the successful candidate will be one who is willing to take on new work and changed priorities enthusiastically and must be willing to support other team members on work outside their own role.



This is a policy development and delivery role, heavily focused on developing expertise on, advising about influencing strategies in, and coordinating workflow across, the GA in the UN.   Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, those outlined below:

  • Build and maintain understanding of UK priorities and Member States positions across the GA, preparing statements and policy briefs and recommendations – and use this knowledge to help set UK priorities; 
  • Lead policy advice to other members of the Mission and senior managers on how to advance UK objectives in the GA, on priorities for engagement and on when and how to make the best strategic interventions; 
  • Ensure coordinated and effective UK engagement across the whole GA through monitoring issues and initiatives in the GA and coordinating the UK response;
  • Build and manage effective relationships between the UK and a broad range of stakeholders on a varied set of policy areas, representing UK views to stakeholders (including senior diplomats from other countries);
  • Lead work to ensure momentum and coherence to the step-change in the Mission’s overall approach to work in the GA;
  • Assist in other policy areas and issues as needed, working flexibly and adjusting to changing priorities, especially covering for colleagues when absent or surging to new priorities outside the core role.

There is considerable scope for personal development in the range of responsibilities outlined.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to deliver high quality results on multiple areas of work to tight deadlines, mixing organisational work more challenging policy advice.
  • A team player able to work flexibly, prioritise across a variety of policy areas, and take on new work outside of core responsibilities.
  • Ability to assess and prioritise large amounts of information and coordinate responses and engagement. 
  • Proven track record of developing relationships and influencing a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Strong organizational skills and effective at both long-term planning and reacting to urgent day-to-day developments;

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