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Expert Negotiator for Peace and Security Issues
Start: April 2024

Job Summary

The Expert Negotiator for Peace and Security Issues of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations works together with the Permanent Observer and the diplomatic staff of the Holy See. The Expert Negotiator attends meetings at the United Nations related to his or her portfolio of issues, writes reports on those meetings, participates in negotiations on relevant resolutions and documents, drafts and edits statements, and participates in the overall mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. Under the supervision of the Permanent Observer, the person reports to the diplomat in charge of covering the Security Council, the First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Committees of the General Assembly, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, the Peacebuilding Commission as well as other associated UN Forums, Meetings, Conferences and Treaties to which the Holy See is a signatory.

Essential Duties

  • Serves with the title of Attaché of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See at the United Nations in New York.
  • Follows instructions with exactitude and performs all other duties requested by the supervisors.
  • Represents the Holy See as a bridge builder and a moral voice, with dignity, professionalism and tact.
  • Attends meetings at the United Nations relevant to areas of competence, particularly peace and security, disarmament, peacekeeping and legal issues, developing and sharing expertise with the Mission team.
  • Composes drafts, reviews and edits statements on various issues of competence.
  • Participates in negotiations.
  • Prepares written comments on relevant areas of competence.
  • Develops close working relationships and liaisons with other Permanent Missions and UN Agencies at the expert level, particularly in the areas of competence.
  • Writes and edits reports on briefings and meetings.
  • Provides research on areas of competence to foster deeper engagement of the Holy See at relevant United Nations meetings.
  • Collaborates with the Mission’s diplomatic and non-diplomatic staff, experts, fellows and interns.
  • Attends prayer and a briefing at the beginning of each day.

Education and Experience

  • Educational Background The person must minimally have a Bachelor’s Degree, but a Masters or a Doctorate is highly preferred. Specialized studies or degrees in peace, security, disarmament issues, international law and international relations are preferred.
  • Experience Experience of international organizations, multilateral or bilateral diplomacy, including the diplomatic work of the Holy See, is preferred. Internal training will be provided.
  • Catholic social teaching The person must have a deep and precise knowledge of Catholic social teaching and its relevance and application to current issues.
  • Languages Written and spoken fluency in English is required. Fluency in Italian is helpful. Knowledge of one or more of the other official languages of the United Nations — Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and Mandarin — is preferred.
  • Other Skills Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Due to the amount of writing done in the office, superior typing skills and speed are preferred.

Key Competencies Needed

  • Know, believe and live according to the teachings of the Catholic Church, with a capacity to articulate them with conviction in a secular context.
  • Write and speak clearly and persuasively.
  • Analyze and understand complex issues.
  • Form amicable and high-level working relationships easily.
  • Solve problems and find common ground.
  • Negotiate patiently, prudently and perseveringly.
  • Work effectively on a team.
  • Keep deadlines.
  • Be willing to keep long hours within reason and when necessary.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Be able to travel back and forth to the United Nations Headquarters from the Mission one or more times a day.


  • The typical workweek at the United Nationsis Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm, with a lunch break.
  • During heavy negotiation periods, negotiations may sometimes last into the evenings and may require some work on the weekend.

Salary and Benefits

  • Range of starting salary of $26,000 to $32,500 depending upon experience. Consistent with the hiring practices of the Holy See, the person begins with a one-year probationary period.
  • A simple single-occupancy apartment at the John Paul II House on E. 38th Street ($24,000 value per year) and free health care ($19,500 value per year).
  • Lunch is provided on workdays at the Mission.
  • Thirty days of vacation during a year to be taken at times agreed in coordination with the Head of Mission.

Application Process

  • Please send the following documents by March 1, 2024 at noon to application@holyseemission.org.
    • Succinct cover letter and Curriculum Vitae.
    • Letter of recommendation from a professional supervisor, academic advisor or both.
    • Letter of recommendation from a priest who can verify that you are a Catholic in good standing and, if possible, attest to your knowledge of Catholic social teaching.
    • These materials should be submitted together in a single PDF. The Letters of Recommendation must be signed and on official letterhead.
  • By March 7, 2024, candidates who have submitted all requested material for the position will receive two documents, which will be due by March 14 at noon:
    • A brief written interview so that we can get to know the candidates better.
    • An exercise that will give candidates the opportunity to demonstrate the skill sets needed for the position.
  • Qualified applicants will receive notification about the interviews for the position, which will take place March 20-22 in person or via Zoom/Skype. The finalists may have an additional interview with the Permanent Observer, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia.
  • The expectation would be that the hired candidate would begin by April 15, 2024.
  • Any questions may be sent to application@holyseemission.org.