New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland

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LES Policy Adviser (United Nations), Geneva (fixed term)

Are you an experienced Policy Adviser looking for a new challenge? Do you thrive on building relationships and delivering through others?
Would you like to help represent New Zealand in our engagement with United Nations agencies in Geneva?

The New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva is seeking a policy adviser to help and support New Zealand’s interests.  This role is fixed-term for 12 months, with the possibility of extension. 

In this busy position, you will support the mission’s engagement with the United Nations, and a range of specialised humanitarian agencies, and officials from other governments.  You will be responsible for conducting research and analysis, attending forums and meetings on humanitarian events and crisis, preparing policy reports and making recommendations.

You will help to identify and develop strategies for public and profile raising events and functions that promote New Zealand’s interests.

Your excellent research and critical analysis skills, coupled with strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, will be key to your success. The working language is English; however the capability to work in spoken French is essential.

The successful applicant will be employed on local terms and conditions and must have the right to live and work in Switzerland.  Obtaining and maintaining the appropriate working visa is the responsibility of the applicant and any offer of employment is subject to this. In addition relocation to Geneva is to be undertaken at the expense of the applicant. 

Applicants considering relocating to Geneva should take time to fully research information about cost of living and accommodation.

Application details

You must be able to obtain and maintain an appropriate New Zealand Government security clearance.

To apply, please download the application form and full position description. All applications must be made in English.

The application form, and a covering letter of no more than two pages, setting out why you are applying for the position and examples of how you meet the job criteria together with a CV should be emailed to

Any inquiries about the position should be addressed to

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications must be received by 5pm, Friday 24 October 2014 Geneva time


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