Security Council Report (SCR) is recruiting a Policy Analyst. SCR is a non-profit organisation that provides high-quality information and analysis on the Security Council and its subsidiary organs to governments, UN delegations, the UN Secretariat, NGOs, the media, scholars, and the public. SCR is located near the UN headquarters in New York.

The Policy Analyst position requires excellent writing, research and interpersonal skills. The Policy Analyst will:

  • conduct research on the workings of the Security Council and its subsidiary organs;
  • develop relationships and interact regularly with Security Council diplomats and those of other UN member states, staff of the UN Secretariat, the NGO community and academia;
  • monitor issues that could affect, or be included in, the Security Council’s agenda;
  • draft articles for SCR’s on-line analysis of the latest developments in the Security Council, What’s in Blue, and the Monthly Forecast, as well as producing research reports;
  • participate in SCR outreach activities;
  • develop and execute capacity building training; and
  • contribute to SCR’s production process.

In addition, Policy Analysts may be expected to take on additional responsibilities that may require managing projects and donor relations.

Policy Analysts report to the Executive Director.

Candidates should have five to ten years’ relevant practical and/or policy-oriented work, typically within the UN, journalism, diplomacy, or in a thematically relevant think tank.  They should understand the sensitive nature of the Security Council’s work, and be able to convey a nuanced analysis of its political dynamics and the positions of key actors.

Security Council Report seeks a skilled and motivated candidate who thrives in a collegial but deadline-driven environment.  Excellent oral and written skills in English are essential.  Knowledge of another UN working language is an asset.  A policy-oriented degree and experience in policy-making are strongly preferred.

Remuneration will be competitive, depending in part on a candidate’s experience.  SCR offers a generous benefits package. Interested applicants should send a cover letter with a C.V. and references to opportunities@securitycouncilreport.org by 20 November 2019.


35+ hours per week at $15 per hour

Security Council Report (SCR) is seeking a full-time intern for a period of six to eight months to start in November.

SCR’s mission is to advance the transparency and effectiveness of the UN Security Council. We seek to achieve this by making available timely, balanced, high-quality information about and analysis of the activities of the Council and its subsidiary bodies; by convening stakeholders to deepen the analysis of issues before the Council and its working methods and performance; by encouraging engagement of the Council with all member states and civil society; and by building capacity on Council practice and procedure through assisting incoming members and other training and assistance programmes. SCR is independent and impartial; it advocates transparency but does not take positions on the issues before the Council.

The intern will regularly:

  • provide research support to the analysts;
  • assist in producing SCR reports; and
  • proof-read, fact-check and upload publications to SCR websites (securitycouncilreport.org and whatsinblue.org).

In addition, the intern may be required to:

  • conduct background research and analysis on Security Council issues; and
  • occasionally draft monthly briefs and regular updates on various topics currently on or under consideration for inclusion in the Security Council’s agenda.

SCR is looking for highly motivated candidates with demonstrated skills in research and analysis, and some knowledge of the workings of the UN Security Council. Excellent drafting and fact-checking skills in English are essential. Priority will be given to candidates with (or working towards) a graduate degree in international relations, international law, or journalism. UN experience, studying the UN or international organisations, and/or specialised knowledge of an issue before the Security Council are highly desirable. Knowledge of another UN working language would be an asset.

Interested candidates should send the following by 20 November 2019 to opportunities@securitycouncilreport.org:

  • a cover letter outlining areas of interest/expertise and available time during normal business hours
  • a detailed resumé

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further and that Security Council Report can only offer the internship to candidates who have authorisation to work in the United States.