United Nations Public Affairs and Policy Advisor

Location: New York City

World Animal Protection (formerly World Society for the Protection of Animals –WSPA) is a global non-profit organization whose vision is to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended. We move the world to protect animals. We inspire people to take action for animals and work responsibly and sustainably, collaborating with NGO’s, governments, businesses and local communities to put animal welfare on the global agenda. World Animal Protection believes that development in the world today can only be truly sustainable if animal welfare is considered alongside the social, environmental and economic factors which have traditionally been considered in any definition of ‘sustainability’. Through our unique approach – connecting animal welfare with international development – we are focused on delivering sustainable solutions for animals and people.

We are seeking a talented and passionate individual to join our team as we seek to increase our existing engagement with the United Nations. If you’re up for this exciting challenge, then get in touch.

The position

The UN Public Affairs and Policy Advisor will act as World Animal Protection’s chief lobbyist at the UN in New York and is responsible for implementing and contributing to World Animal Protection’s strategy for mainstreaming animal welfare in relation to United Nations organizations and processes.  

Main duties and responsibilities:

Strategy Development

  • Stay abreast of, follow and/or actively participate in all key UN debates/processes/events where animal welfare issues are or could be relevant and where opportunities exist for mainstreaming animal welfare principles.  At the current time, the following issues are of particular interest to World Animal Protection: Post-2015/Sustainable Development Goals; sustainable development; disaster risk reduction; climate change; food security; OneHealth; biodiversity; and wildlife trade. 
  • Provide in-depth assessments of the UN debates in the above areas, identify the key participants and their positions vis-à-vis animal welfare and assess how this should or could impact on the overall World Animal Protection UN engagement strategy.
  • Identify threats to the inclusion of animal welfare principles as part of UN debates/processes as well as new opportunities for sensitizing stakeholders in the various UN processes and UN organizations to animal welfare and its potential benefits.
  • Working closely with the Senior Public Affairs Manager, contribute to the development of the overall World Animal Protection UN engagement strategy and make recommendations for adaptation or change when appropriate. 

Strategy Implementation and Projects

  • Develop a network of contacts within UN organizations (particularly DESA, UNDP, FAO, IFAD, WFP, UNEP, WHO, UNISDR, OCHA, UNODC, WMO, World Bank), civil society and NGOs as well as all other stakeholders in the key UN processes/debates. 
  • Develop a network of contacts within the Permanent national UN Missions.
  • Act as World Animal Protection’s chief lobbyist at the UN in New York and engage all stakeholders on animal welfare issues as per the approach as outlined in the World Animal Protection UN engagement strategy. 
  • Act as the secretariat for the World Animal Protection UN Engagement team and maintain its common workspace, central database of background, briefing and lobbying documents as well as its central timeline of meetings/conferences/events at which animal welfare issues will, can or should be raised.
  • Maintain regular contact with the various regional World Animal Protection UN engagement staff to coordinate World Animal Protection’s presence and interventions at UN and UN related meetings/events in the various regions and liaise with regional staff with regard to lobbying efforts with representatives from countries in their respective regions. 
  • Identify opportunities for World Animal Protection interventions or events in pursuit of the overall animal welfare mainstreaming and/or specific campaign goals. 

Logistics and Administration

  • Provide a monthly activity report and take part in regular global update conference calls.
  • Support the development and maintenance of an online UN engagement campaign presence (blog) from New York.
  • Organization of logistics for campaign events held in New York and for senior World Animal Protection staff visits to New York.  
  • Identify need for and recruitment of interns to support UN engagement work in New York.
  • Keep World Animal Protection UN admin up to date with regard to reporting obligations for World Animal Protection in relation to its accreditation to the UN (ECOSOC) and individual UN organizations.  


Qualifications and skills

  • University Degree
  • Minimum 5 years UN lobbying, public affairs, or government relations experience.
  • Strong understanding of the United Nations, Civil Society and non-governmental organizations
  • Able to build and maintain collaborative relationships
  • Knowledge of sustainable development issues
  • Excellent communication skills - written, oral and presentation
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize, organize and articulate the mission and vision of an organization
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills; the ability to interact effectively with people of diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Competent at computing and web based skills relevant to the job

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. Please send your resume and salary expectations to the attention of: recruiter@worldanimalprotection.us.org