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Program Assistant at the Quaker United Nations Office

Program Assistant at the Quaker United Nations Office

Deadline:Jan 26, 2018
Location:New York, New York
Start Date:Aug 1, 2018
End Date:Aug 1, 2019

QUNO offers between three and five Programme Assistant (PA) positions each year, two in New York and at least two in Geneva. These are entry-level positions for recent graduates who are interested in international affairs and the United Nations, and who have a commitment to Quaker principles of peace, nonviolence and equality. 

What is a Programme Assistant?

The Programme Assistant (PA) position is a one-year placement that gives a young person the opportunity to live and work in Geneva or New York, and contribute to QUNO’s work. The positions provide those individuals selected with an informal extension to their education in international issues.

PA duties are split between programme-specific work and helping with the general running of the office. Programme work varies depending on the office you are working in and work priorities at any one time, but you can expect to monitor world news and developments in particular area, attend UN meetings, plan events and conduct research.

PAs contribute actively to all parts of QUNO’s work, including general office, catering and domestic duties. The general office tasks can range from coordinating the layout and printing of publications, preparing mailings, answering the phone, organizing meetings, to clearing up afterwards.

Guidance is provided through one-on-one supervision meetings and regular programme planning sessions

New York Programme Assistants

Programme Assistants receive a modest salary to help cover accommodation, food, and miscellaneous expenses. The position also provides medical and dental insurance for the year, if not already covered.

PAs are usually Quakers or those in close sympathy with the Religious Society of Friends. They are typically recent graduates of bachelors degrees, with a strong interest in international affairs and a demonstrable commitment to building social justice in the world. Fluency in English and well-developed computer skills are essential.

Applicants who are not US citizens sometimes have visa difficulties that can prevent their appointment as a PA. If you have queries about eligibility to work in the US, please contact us well in advance of the application deadline which is 26 January, 2018:


1 year
Required Skills: 

Education:  University degree or equivalent in experience.

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

Other Required Skills and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of and experience with Friends’ meetings and/or organizations very helpful.
  2. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing; other languages useful esp. Spanish and/or French.
  3. Ability to carry out assignments independently, but remain in close consultation with supervisor and colleagues.

  4. Demonstrated ability to work with people of differing backgrounds and ideologies, especially those of the third world. Facility in meeting people and conversing easily; sensitivity to cultural, religious, gender and class differences among people.

  5. Ability to respond to the rapidly changing situations in the UN community and resultant shifting emphasis in Quaker UN programs.

  6. Computer literacy, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and communications software.

  7. Availability to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings, and to travel very occasionally.

  8. 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.

  9. Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC with regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities.  Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff.

Compensation:  $25,100 before taxes. Comprehensive medical, dental and hospitalization plan, plus paid leave.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability

AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is not represented. The Quaker United Nations Office is a smoke-free workplace.


New York , NY