Programme Executive responsible for the EUNO

New York, United States | Full-time

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The World Council of Churches (WCC) is an ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948. It brings together 350 member churches from all over the world, including Orthodox churches, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran and Reformed denominations, to promote Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world.

The WCC New York office is looking for a

Programme Executive responsible for the Ecumenical United Nations Office (EUNO) in New York

who will represent and promote the WCC, as a global ecumenical fellowship of churches, in the context of the United Nations in New York – entailing knowledge of and commitment to the ecumenical movement, and expertise in the field of international relations in general and UN processes in particular.

The successful candidate will play a key role in coordinating the work of the Ecumenical United Nations Office (EUNO) in New York and will develop relations with UN system entities based in New York, and to represent the WCC in UN and intergovernmental forums in New York.  The candidate will engage the competences available in the ecumenical movement – in particular from WCC member churches and ecumenical partners – in advocacy, action and engagement in UN forums and processes on behalf of the WCC. The candidate will facilitate the advocacy role of leaders in the ecumenical movement – in particular the WCC General Secretary and the Deputy General Secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia – in UN forums in New York.

This position will report to the Deputy General Secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia and to the Director of the Commission of Churches on International Affairs.

Fluent in English and ideally having a good knowledge of Spanish and/or French, the Programme executive responsible for the EUNO in New York will hold a recognised tertiary qualification in international relations, political sciences, law, political theology or related field and will be able to demonstrate relevant experience.

The position is open to US citizen or work permit holder (WCC cannot provide sponsorship for visas at this time).

The successful candidate will have responsibility for:

  •  Providing leadership and management for EUNO and its activities, including supervision of staff in their areas of work, ensuring responsiveness, and a cooperative style of work.
  • Maintaining close liaison with WCC headquarters in Geneva – including communication, finance, human resources, and administrative services – and ensure coordination with WCC programmes and coherence with WCC policies and priorities.
  • Developing and nurturing relations with key counterparts among the UN system entities and permanent missions based in New York, and representing the WCC in UN and intergovernmental forums in New York.
  • Promoting EUNO as a hub and facilitator of ecumenical coordination and cooperation among church-based actors vis-à-vis the UN system, and developing and nurturing relations with interfaith and civil society partners.
  • Studying and analyzing trends and issues in the UN agenda relevant to WCC programmes and priorities, and to concerns in the ecumenical movement.
  • Contributing to and working together with Geneva based staff, especially the Director of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs and in relevant programmatic areas to develop and implement an effective and integral advocacy policy.
  • Engaging the competences available in the ecumenical movement – in particular from WCC member churches and ecumenical partners – in advocacy, action and engagement in UN forums and processes on behalf of the WCC;
  • Facilitating the advocacy role of leaders in the ecumenical movement - in particular the WCC General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia – in UN forums in New York.
  • Promoting and facilitating the cooperation between the WCC and ACT Alliance in New York, as well as with other actors in the ecumenical movement, with regard to advocacy and action vis-à-vis the UN in New York.
  • Liaising with the International Financial Institutions in Washington DC on behalf of WCC, so far as relevant to WCC programmes and priorities.
  • Assisting the WCC Geneva secretariat in liaising with WCC member churches and ecumenical partners in the North American and Latin American regions.
  • Ensuring that expenses are incurred in accordance with the approved budget and WCC policies and that budget variances are managed according to the Council's policies and financial resources, and being actively engaged in fundraising efforts according to agreed strategies and in coordination with WCC Income Monitoring & Development (IMD).

Qualifications and special requirements:

Experience:

  •  At least five years of experience and a strong track record in project management, preferably in an international, ecumenical and/or church-related environment.
  • A minimum two years of experience in advocacy roles, preferably in UN or other intergovernmental contexts. 

Education:

A tertiary qualification - preferably a doctorate or equivalent - in a relevant field (e.g. international relations, political science, law, political theology etc…).

Competencies:

  • Ability to represent, interpret and communicate the positions of the WCC to partners, UN organizations, other stakeholders and WCC constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in team environment
  • Sensitivity to multicultural, ecumenical, gender and age diversities.
  • Prepared to travel and work on a regular basis in Geneva.
  • US citizen or work permit holder (WCC cannot provide sponsorship for visas at this time).

Language skills:

Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of other working languages of the WCC (especially Spanish and/or French) an asset.

Deadline for applications:

30 June 2020

About human resources at the WCC:

The WCC is an equal opportunity employer. The sole criteria for recruitment, training and career opportunities are qualification, skills, experience and performance to all its staff members.