Program Assistant at the Quaker United Nations Office

American Friends Service Committee

About the organization

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.


Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Program Assistant at the Quaker United Nations include the following:

Participate in the Administrative functioning of the office, including phone answering, mail opening and distribution, email distribution, greeting of visitors; when Office Coordinator is out of office, provide coverage for office.
Attend and participate in all QUNO staff-related meetings where appropriate.
Specialize in one or several of QUNO’s priority issues within the areas of peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict and help provide coverage of the work of the UN inter-governmental bodies and the Secretariat. Attend relevant UN meetings to promote and communicate QUNO perspectives and concerns regarding matters before the UN. Maintain contacts with appropriate individuals in the UN community regarding issues and support them in areas where their aims correspond to Quaker concerns.
Work with permanent program staff to plan, arrange and conduct lunch meetings and longer conferences, bringing together UN diplomats and officials with outside experts and others as appropriate, to discuss issues within the scope of QUNO priorities. Develop and post summaries of these meetings.
Keep generally informed about issues currently before the UN. Be alert for opportunities to support Quaker perspectives in international work. Provide advice and access for the work of Friends at the UN.


Education: University degree or equivalent in experience.

Experience: Experience with analysis and interpretation of international social, economic, political developments.

Other Required Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of and experience with Friends’ meetings and/or organizations very helpful.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing; other languages useful esp. Spanish and/or French, useful.
Ability to carry out assignments independently but remain in close consultation with supervisor and colleagues.
Proactive, fast learner who will be able to transition quickly to carry out the responsibilities of the position.
Demonstrated ability to work with people of differing backgrounds and ideologies. Facility in meeting people and conversing easily; sensitivity to cultural, religious, gender and class differences among people.
Ability to respond to the rapidly changing situations in the UN community and resultant shifting emphasis in Quaker UN programs.
Computer literacy, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and communications software.
Availability to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings, and to travel very occasionally.
Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.


$26,242 before taxes, per annum equivalent.

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