Policy Analyst Position

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. Policy Analysts 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 on-line analysis of the latest developments in the Security Council in What’s in Blue and the Monthly Forecast, as well as contributing to in-depth research reports;
  • participate in SCR outreach and capacity building activities; and
  • contribute to SCR’s production process.

Policy Analysts report to the Executive Director.

Candidates should have a minimum of five years’ relevant practical and/or policy-oriented work, such as the UN, journalism, or diplomacy. 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 languages 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 7 September.

Paid Internship

35+ hours per week at $15 per hour

Security Council Report (SCR) is seeking a full-time intern for a period of six months to start as soon as possible. The internship is renewable.

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 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:

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

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 copy-editing 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.

Interested candidates should send the following by 31 August 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.