Positions in Geneva and New York:
QUNO offers between three and five Programme Assistant 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
Programme Assistants often contribute to a blog or write Journal Letters about the day-to-day experience of being a Programme Assistant.
Programme Assistants receive a subsistence grant to help cover food and miscellaneous expenses. Accommodation is paid by QUNO Geneva. We now insist that European citizens have the European Health Insurance Card. For non-European citizens, QUNO will provide health/medical 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 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.
Appointment to this post requires being legally eligible for employment within Switzerland or member states of the European Union. For exceptionally suitable candidates with strong Quaker connections not eligible to work in EU/Switzerland, we would be willing to make a case for their employment to the Swiss authorities, however any final offer would be made subject to a successful application for a work permit.
New York Programme Assistants
The application deadline for New York's two positions are in February of each year for an August start date.
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 your nationality’s visa requirements for the US, please contact us well in advance of the application deadline.