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UN Advocacy Advisor

PAX means peace. PAX brings together people who have the courage to stand for peace. Together with people in conflict areas and concerned civilians worldwide, PAX works to build dignified, and peaceful societies across the globe.

PAX is a Dutch organisation dedicated to global peace and justice. We support people in conflict zones who work to promote peaceful and democratic societies. We work toward the protection of civilians against violence, toward the support of civilians who work to combat violence and against those who earn money from violence.

An important part of PAX's work is advocacy. The Public Affairs team advises all PAX programmes on their advocacy and, for a select number of topics, facilitates and implements advocacy strategies through engagement in The Hague, at the EU (Brussels), and at the UN (New York).

The Public Affairs team is currently looking for a

UN Advocacy Advisor
(based in New York)

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Maintain a strategic overview of PAX’s advocacy priorities and identify opportunities for engagement at UN Headquarters in NY. Priorities may change over time but, in the past, have included the protection of civilians in Syria and South Sudan. Close collaboration with PAX’s Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Disarmament teams is expected for this role;
  • Monitor developments at UN Headquarters in NY relevant to PAX’s work to inform and steer PAX’s advocacy priority setting;
  • Provide timely updates and analysis on relevant UN policy discussions and decisions and advise PAX advocacy and program staff on UN engagement;
  • In collaboration with PAX program staff, support the development of advocacy messaging and materials, and facilitate advocacy work in New York;
  • Represent PAX in NGO working groups and in meetings with other civil society groups, UN officials, Member States and other stakeholders;
  • Maintain and expand our network within the UN community, including donors, NGOs, government officials, regional and international organizations, academics, and press;
  • Support planning and arranging logistics, note-taking, and drafting of report/minutes of visits from PAX colleagues and partners.

We are looking for

We are looking for a flexible team player with previous experience in advocacy who is a strategic thinker and strong communicator; result-oriented and decisive; and capable of working independently and tactfully in a politically sensitive context.

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent experience in Political Science, International Relations, International Law or a related field;
  • Two to five years of relevant work experience, either in a civil society organisation, government body or UN agency, ideally in the field of protection of civilians, conflict prevention or peacebuilding;
  • Proven ability to analyse complex policy issues, identify opportunities for influence, and articulate strategies to achieve policy change;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to build and maintain a professional network of contacts;
  • Proven organizational and time-management skills, with an ability to prioritize effectively;
  • Team player with a successful history of working with multiple departments/programs and ability to communicate across cultures and time zones;
  • Willingness to travel to the Netherlands a few times annually;
  • You must be authorized to work in the United States.

We offer

  • Full-time (36 hour working week) US employment contract until December 31st 2019 with the intention for prolongation;
  • Generous benefits package;
  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


Interested candidates should send their CV (max. 2 pages) and a motivation letter (1 page) in English addressed to Mr. Jan Jaap van Oosterzee, Head of Public Affairs, only by using the application form found on the bottom of this webpage.

Deadline to apply is January 21st 2019.

The first round of interviews will be held on January 30th and 31st 2019 in New York.

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