Program Assistant voluntary service/United States/534164/Program AssistantProgram AssistantMCC United Nations Office<p> <b>Synopsis:</b><br> The Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office collaborates with Mennonite Voluntary Service (a program of Mennonite Mission Network) to offer a position, program assistant, to interested and qualified candidates accepted into the MVS program who have interest in international advocacy and policy work. Preference is given to applicants with experience or academic studies in the fields of peace and justice, international relations, political science, international development, communications, or other related fields. The program assistant will work under the supervision of the Program and Advocacy associate, and together, will set an agenda that both advances the goals of the MCC U.N. Office and utilizes the strengths and interests of the candidate.</p><p> This placement requires a two-year commitment. </p><p> Activities will likely include research and monitoring of international policies in areas/themes where MCC service workers are affected (may include Great Lakes region of Africa, Sudan, Haiti, Middle East, DPRK, food security and hunger, Indigenous rights, mining, and others). The program assistant will have the opportunity to network with members of the broader UN and NGO communities, and develop related skills while attending and reporting on meetings and presentations. Depending on the needs of the office and the interests of the program assistant, other projects will be identified. In addition to working out of the MCC Office, there is the option of taking on the role of coordinator for the NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger, of which MCC is a member. </p><p> Applicants should be prepared to maintain an average of 40 work hours each week. </p><p> <b>Duties:</b> <ul> <li>Advocacy - 70% <ul><li>Monitor and analyze UN resolutions and international policies. </li> <li>Participate in NGO working groups with the director and program associate as needed.</li> <li>Track relevant developments in mainstream and specialty media sources.</li> <li>Assist program associate and director with research needs.</li> </ul></li> <li>Meetings - 10% <ul> <li>Attend meetings as required, and provide reports on the meetings.</li> <li>Participate in weekly staff meetings and check-ins with program associate.</li> </ul></li> <li>Special projects/office duties - 20% <ul> <li>With the program associate, help plan and coordinate the annual student seminar.</li> <li>Compile, edit, and send out the bimonthly office newsletter.</li> <li>Complete related projects as assigned by the program associate.</li> <li>Assist program associate with various office duties. </li> <li>Compile, edit, and send out the bimonthly office newsletter. </li> </ul></li> </ul> </p><p> <b>Additional coordinator position:</b><br> If applicant's interest and qualifications align, there is the opportunity of splitting the position half-time toward the NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger Coordinator position, which operates out of the Lutheran Office for World Community at the United Nations. The NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger at the United Nations is a collective effort of NGOs working together toward a better world by focusing on food and hunger issues. The Working Group regularly hosts policy luncheons with UN officials, state delegations, and other NGOs to exchange knowledge and information regarding current food and agriculture issues. The Working Group also conducts advocacy campaigns especially on UN resolutions that will fundamentally impact the food system and justice. </p><p> <b>Duties of the coordinator:</b> <ul> <li>Administration of the Working Group (WG), including accounting, grant writing, pitching, and presentations.</li> <li>With the guidance and cooperation of the director of the Lutheran Office for World Community, organize the events and programs of the WG. </li> <li>Maintain, update, and manage the WG website.</li> <li>Keep up with the news (especially UN-related topics) to drive WG programs. </li> <li>Attend meetings at the United Nations headquarters.</li> </ul> </p><p> <b>Location description:</b><br> The MCC UN office is located at 777 United Nations Plaza, Manhattan, New York. Public transportation is excellent and easy to use, though not particularly affordable. New Yorkers tend to walk a lot, and many things are within walking distance of our office and/or Menno House depending on how far you are comfortable walking (Union Square, Times Square, Central Park, Bryant Park, the library, countless restaurants and grocery stores). Our location across the street from the United Nations provides for many excellent learning opportunities sponsored by the countless NGOs, missions, UN agencies, and universities based in this area. Being a big city, there are also many cultural opportunities to explore, including food, music and art events. Interested applicants, once accepted into the MVS program, will interview for the position via phone/skype. </p><p> <b>Risks and challenges:</b><br> New York City can be a high-stress, fast-paced environment, with just over 8 million residents. For some, especially those from rural areas, the faster pace of urban living, the apparent hostility of many New Yorkers, and the complexities of public transportation require a time of adjustment. </p><p> Advocacy work is slow and complex, often producing few tangible outcomes. The inability to measure accomplishments may also be a challenge. </p><div class="ExternalClassD9E22539E0E24A7B9CA76E748E11A2F7"><p> <strong>Qualifications</strong> <ul> <li>All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active church membership; and nonviolent peacemaking.</li> <li>A commitment to the biblical mandate to do justice and seek peace as well as an interest in Biblical and Anabaptist perspectives on international public policy.</li> <li>Basic research and written communication skills.</li> <li>Background/interest in peace studies, international relations/development, communication, political science, or related field.</li> <li>Motivated, flexible, and able to work well independently.</li> <li>Feel comfortable working in a diverse environment (multicultural, interfaith, etc).</li> <li>Organizational and basic computer skills.</li> </ul> </p></div>



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