Program Assistant

Center on International Cooperation
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jan 21

Position description

CIC Multilateral Reform, Inclusion and Humanitarian Program Assistant (NYU internal designation: Researcher)

New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) has built a reputation over two decades for its work on the links between politics, security, and sustainable development. We are a champion for the role that global institutions can play in fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies.

In 2018-19, CIC has three programs of work that support: (i) the Secretary-General’s reforms of the United Nations; (ii) cooperation between humanitarian and development actors at country level and; (iii) applied policy research and consultation on the Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion.

To support this work, CIC is seeking an experienced Program Assistant to work across the programmatic areas of Multilateral Reform, Inclusion and Humanitarian. This role demands an individual who is highly organized, detail-oriented, and prepared to work across a range of tasks from basic administration to substantive research.  The role will entail:


  • Support overall research management and logistics, execute activities, meetings, and other events;
  • Liaise with permanent missions to the UN, UN staff, key partners and think tanks, and others on internal and external meetings, activities, invitations, and events;
  • Assist the Director with researching, scheduling, organizing and executing meetings & events, travel, and expense reports;
  • Assist with research for and preparation of policy and background memos for senior staff as well as presentations, talking points and other written materials for meetings and events, as needed;
  • Draft correspondence, proof and format documents, including project proposals and donors reports;
  • Contribute to blog posts and updates for public dissemination for publication, as well as provide research and writing support as needed;
  • Responsible for the timely entry of partner contacts and activity information. Maintain comprehensive database of member state, UN and external contacts, invitation lists, and relationships of the UN Reform area;
  • Maintain and update internal processes and systems. Develop additional standardized reports, tools, templates, processes, and workflows as needed. Assist staff with troubleshooting and training;
  • Maintain a calendar of global events; and
  • Assist with social media and communications activities.


  • Bachelor degree, with a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant research support experience or equivalent work experience preferred;
  • Strong organizational skills and experience in scheduling, correspondence management and task management.
  • Excellent time management and detail orientation.
  • Training or experience in research, analysis, and policy writing with a track record of producing documents such as concept papers, project proposals and research or policy analysis.
  • Knowledge of the United Nations system, diplomacy and interest in International Development, International Affairs and/or the non-profit sector preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to liaise with high-level diplomats and other prominent partners. Demonstrated experience in this area an asset;
  • Ability to develop, maintain and enjoy effective working relationships with people from a wide variety of organizations and with a wide variety of functional expertise;
  • Familiarity with research related operational policies and procedures and operating within them;
  • Proven ability to prioritize a wide range of assignments and consistently deliver at a high level of quality in high pressure, fast-paced environments;
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly in CRM software (e.g. Mailchimp, Nimble, Salesforce).

Application instructions

All applications must be submitted through NYU's online Interfolio portal. For further information and to submit an application, please follow this link.

Deadline for applications is February 9, 2019

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