Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General
Switzerland, Liechtenstein

Humanitarian Adviser

Humanitarian Adviser

Position Number:

Agency/Work Unit:
Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland


Locally employed position LE6


Security Assessment:

NV1 required at a minimum

Last Reviewed:
April 2018

Salary and conditions:

CHF 110,318 per annum


Employment in this role is dependent on the successful candidate obtaining and maintaining an Australian Government security clearance to the appropriate level required.  Applicants must be Australian citizens or eligible for a security clearance.  Loss of the security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment.

Job Description

The Australian Mission to the United Nations in Geneva pursues Australia’s interests in the United Nations through international diplomacy. The successful applicant will support the Humanitarian team within the Mission to advance Australia’s humanitarian priorities within the UN and other international organisations.  This can involve: negotiation and advocacy in line with Australian government policies and national interest; working with countries across the world to achieve common objectives; support for reform and innovation within the international humanitarian system to ensure that it is fit for purpose, including in the Indo-Pacific; and oversight of Australia’s significant donor humanitarian funding contributions to humanitarian organisations based in Geneva, including through Executive Boards and donor support groups.

The selection for this position will be based on merit and judged against the following Selection Criteria:

Selection Criteria

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:


  • supporting the Australian Mission’s work and engagement on global humanitarian issues,
  • providing expert analysis, policy advice and strategic guidance on the international humanitarian system and intergovernmental processes to the Australian Mission, DFAT Canberra and other Posts,
  • representing Australia actively and persuasively in relevant United Nations and related multilateral discussions,
  • representing Australia at various UN meetings and forums, events and receptions related to humanitarian and refugee policy and operations,
  • initiating and preparing analytical reporting on humanitarian issues and partner performance,
  • preparing statements and briefs for Head of Mission and senior management on global humanitarian policy and operational issues,
  • managing Australia’s partnerships and dialogue with UN and NGO humanitarian agencies in Geneva, in conjunction with other multilateral Posts, particularly UN New York and Rome,
  • building and enhancing constructive working relationships and networks with representatives of other Member States, multilateral partner organisations, NGOs, and academic experts as appropriate, in order to advance Australia’s interests,
  • organising events and programs for high-level visits and global humanitarian meetings, to support Australia’s profile and influence as a leading humanitarian donor, and
  • supporting staff working on related issues across the Australian Mission to promote cooperation, common strategic direction, and high team performance and productivity.



  • A strong operational understanding of the international humanitarian architecture and current humanitarian crises and responses globally.
  • Knowledge of Australian Government policies is an advantage, as is an awareness of international organisations based in Geneva.
  • Well-developed research, analytical and reporting skills, including experience/expertise on humanitarian issues.
  • Well-developed negotiation and advocacy skills, including sound judgement and a capacity to exercise discretion and confidentiality.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, representational and networking skills, including the ability to develop strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English.  Working knowledge of French is an advantage.
  • High level administrative and organisational skills, including the ability to manage competing priorities independently or with limited direction, and meet deadlines
  • A minimum of five years professional experience in a relevant field.
  • University degree in a relevant field (such as international relations, international development, law, politics, economics or public administration)

To be considered applicants must:

  1. Address the selection criteria in their written application (no more than three pages), meeting and addressing all essential criteria
  2. Include a resume
  3. Include two work-related referees


Application Closing Date - The closing date for receipt of applications is COB 27 April 2018.

Applications received after this date cannot be considered. 

Applicants who are not asked to attend an interview within four weeks of the closing date may assume their application has not been successful on this occasion.


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