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