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.
Geneva Programme Assistants
UPDATE: The application process for 2020-21 Geneva Programme Assistanships is now closed. We take this opportunity to thank everyone for their applications and to inform you that we are continuing with this recruitment. As a result of the current situation with Covid-19 our timelines for interviews have changed. We are currently shortlisting. We will contact only those who we invite for interview. If you have not heard from us by 31 May please assume that you have not been selected for interview.
Programme Assistants receive a subsistence grant to help cover food and miscellaneous expenses. Accommodation, public transport pass and basic health insurance are also paid for by QUNO Geneva.
PAs are usually Quakers or those in close sympathy with the Religious Society of Friends. They are typically recent university graduates, with a strong interest in international affairs and a demonstrable commitment to building social justice in the world. A degree or equivalent qualification is usual, and many have a postgraduate qualification. Fluency in English and well-developed computer skills are essential, and knowledge of another UN language is an asset, but not required. In Switzerland this is considered to be a internship/trainee position.
These posts can only be offered to those who are eligible for employment in Switzerland (details in the Job Descriptions).
New York Programme Assistants
The application process for the Programme Assistant positions for our New York office is now closed. We will begin the recruitment process for our 2021 to 2022 positions in November 2020.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.