Opportunities

PAID INTERNSHIP*: SECURITY COUNCIL REPORT

(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 June.

SCR’s mission is to advance the transparency and effectiveness of the UN Security Council. We provide timely, balanced, high-quality information about and analysis of the Security Council’s activities and those of its subsidiary bodies. We also deliver capacity-building, and convene groups of stakeholders to share information and analyses of issues on the Council’s agenda, its working methods, and performance, including on topics such as peacekeeping, sanctions, human rights, and women, peace and security.

SCR is not part of the United Nations. We are an independent, impartial, non-governmental organisation.

The intern will regularly:

  • provide research support to SCR’s analysts,
  • assist in producing SCR reports,
  • proof-read, fact-check and upload publications to the SCR website (securitycouncilreport.org); and
  • assist in organising virtual meetings.

In addition, the intern may be asked to:

  • conduct background research and analysis on Security Council issues;
  • 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, and/or 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. Candidates must be prepared to work in SCR’s offices some days of the week.*

Interested candidates should send the following by 27 May 2022 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.

*COVID-19 vaccination is required for in-person work at SCR.


Policy Analyst

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 member delegations  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 online analysis of the latest developments in the Security Council, What’s in Blue, and the Monthly Forecast, as well as produce 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 Managing Editor, with day-to-day work supervised by the relevant Deputy Managing Editor.

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 and also 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 June 2022.


Operations Assistant

Interested applicants should send a cover letter with a C.V. and references to opportunities@securitycouncilreport.org.

Security Council Report (SCR), a non-profit organisation that provides high-quality information and analysis on the UN Security Council (and its subsidiary organs) to governments, UN delegations, the UN Secretariat, NGOs, media, scholars, and the public, is recruiting a talented Operations Assistant to support its finance and administrative operations. The position reports to SCR’s Operations Manager.

The ideal candidate will have experience supporting the day-to-day operations of a non-profit organisation in areas such as financial operations, human resources, IT, and office management.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The Operations Assistant will provide finance and administrative support to the Operations Manager. Activities may include:

  • Finance and development: posting accounts payable and accounts receivable in QuickBooks desktop, tracking cashflow, and assisting with annual budget development, grant proposals and reporting, preparation for the annual audit, and other financial reports as needed;
  • Supporting human resource functions, including gathering and inputting data as needed, utilising BambooHR software and assisting with annual Open Enrollment;
  • Managing relationships with vendors, coordinating with building management and ordering supplies as needed;
  • Serving as a liaison between staff and IT support;
  • Assisting on special projects to improve finance and administrative systems; and
  • Providing general office administrative support, as needed;

The Operations Assistant will need to manage multiple simultaneous responsibilities, demonstrating the capacity to prioritise tasks and juggle when necessary.

Skills and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, business administration, non-profit management, or a related field.
  • One-to-three years of work experience in a finance/administrative/office management role.
  • Solid facility with numbers and Excel spreadsheets and an ability to learn new software quickly.
  • Experience with QuickBooks Desktop or similar accounting software is a strong plus.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Steadfast resolve and personal integrity.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
  • Experience working on complex projects.
  • Patience and a sense of humour.

SCR is committed to diversity, including race, ethnicity, orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status. We welcome applications from people of every culture and background, and strongly encourage people of colour and persons with disabilities to apply.

Remuneration will be competitive, depending in part on a candidate’s experience.  SCR offers a generous benefits package.