The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a worldwide network of civil society organisations working on the prevention of violent conflict. The GPPAC Foundation in The Hague fulfils the task of Global Secretariat for GPPAC. The GPPAC Advocacy Liaison Officer to the United Nations provides the essential links between network members, the global secretariat and the UN policy arena.
GPPAC was established in 2003 in response to United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan's 2001 report on the Prevention of Armed Conflict, in which he urged civil society to organize its role in this field. GPPAC builds on decades of prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding work throughout the world and is organized through fifteen regional networks, each of which has developed an agenda to reflect regional principles and priorities, feeding into an overall Global Action Agenda and supported by a Strategic Plan for 2016-2020.
GPPAC is currently pursuing thematic work in the fields of Human Security, Dialogue & Mediation, Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals and has programs on Enabling Collaboration, Improving Practice and Influencing Policies with/of network members. For more information see: www.gppac.net or www.peaceportal.org.
GPPAC sustains a concise international advocacy infrastructure, which closely monitors the work of key international organizations, follows up on relevant debates and identifies entry points to provide the inputs of civil society in the development and implementation of conflict prevention and peacebuilding policies and actions. As part of this initiative GPPAC has established an advocacy presence in New York in collaboration with the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP).
GPPAC is looking for a new UN Advocacy Liaison Officer. The position is based in New York and under overall supervision of GPPAC Managing Adviser for Policy and Advocacy for strategic and programmatic questions and the WFM-IGP Deputy Executive Director for operational and tactical directions.
Location – New York, NY
Identify strategic opportunities and drive lobbying efforts and support member-driven advocacy efforts;
Represent GPPAC as needed in meetings with other civil society groups, UN officials, Member States and other stakeholders.
Coordinate and co-facilitate the Civil Society Prevention Platform together with the Quakers UN Office (QUNO);
Monitor developments and reforms in the UN Peacebuilding architecture;
Provide advocacy support and facilitate meetings for GPPAC in New York/UN Headquarters;
Provide policy and other analysis of developments at UN Headquarters, related to peacebuilding, conflict prevention, gender and other related matters to the Global Secretariat as needed.
Communications and media support
Regularly write blog posts updating members on relevant policy development at the UN;
Contribute to the drafting of articles, opinion pieces and other media related products;
Maintain and contribute to the “Together for a Better Peace” website by monitoring the work of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, writing meeting summaries and staying abreast of developments in mandated countries;
Keep staff, partners, and other constituencies informed of activities, including a weekly update of the liaison's activities and issues being monitored at the UN;
Prepare and distribute communications-related materials, as needed.
Support planning and arranging GPPAC visits to NY; note-taking and report/minutes drafting;
Arrange and participate in meetings, conference calls, fund raising efforts, annual planning and reporting as well as input in advocacy strategies.
Administrative and network support
Acting as focal point for GPPAC’s Northern-America region
Contribute to donor reporting;
Maintain related files as needed;
Any other administrative tasks as needed.
Strategic thinker with previous experience in advocacy and lobbying, sensitive to practitioners' needs while able navigate the complexity of the UN system. Good analytical and communication skills (written and oral), comfortable in working across different cultures and committed to the values of conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
Education: Masters degree in the field of international relations, public policy, conflict prevention, peace, development studies or similar.
Work Experience: Two to five years of relevant work experience, including experience in a civil society environment, ideally with experience in advocacy, networking, and/or communication, preferably work experience in a conflict area.
Languages: Fluent in English and preferably also other languages (French and Arabic will be specially valued).
Skills: Outstanding communication and listening skills within complex organisational and cross-cultural environments; able to build and maintain a professional network of appropriate contacts; identify strategic opportunities based on an understanding of GPPAC’s goals; shows initiative; able to work on several simultaneous tasks, prioritise and meet deadlines; proven writing and editing skills, strong project management skills, preferably knowledge of the UN system and how UN policies are developed.
Applicants must be authorised to live and work in the United States.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send:
- A Curriculum Vitae;
- A Cover Letter stating your interest in this position;
- Three references (name, title, affiliation and phone number);
- Information on authorization to work in the United States (citizen, permanent resident, Practical Training, etc.).
Email your complete application to Ms. Jelena Pia-Comella, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please label the subject line according to this structure: GPPAC UN Liaison, last name, first name.
Deadline – July 31, 2017.