Permanent Observer to the United Nations and other International Organizations in New York (internationally recruited)

Organization: IDLO - International Development Law Organization



The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) is the only global intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law to advance peace and sustainable development.

With its Headquarters in Rome, Italy, a Branch Office in The Hague, and United Nations Liaison Offices in New York and Geneva, IDLO carries out policy advocacy, research and learning, as well as rule of law and justice programmes in countries through country offices operating in every region of the world. 

This position of Permanent Observer and Head of Delegation to the United Nations and other International Organizations is based in IDLO’s Liaison Office in New York. IDLO enjoys Observer status with the United Nations and other multilateral forums, in New York and globally, where it champions greater investment in the rule of law and justice, both as a right in itself and as an essential enabler of peaceful and inclusive societies and sustainable development.

The Office provides policy advocacy, liaison, information and support to offices throughout the organization. It also supports IDLO’s cooperation with the United States, including in their capacity as an IDLO program partner and as host country to the New York Liaison Office.


The Permanent Observer reports to and supports the IDLO Director-General in carrying out her responsibilities. Within the overall strategic vision and direction set by the Director-General, the incumbent will represent IDLO in New York, supervise the work of the Liaison Office, and provide leadership within the Organization, including as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

The incumbent will be delegated relevant responsibilities and authorities in the following areas:

  • Drawing on the “Permanent Observer” status granted to IDLO by the UN General Assembly, represent the organization at meetings of UN intergovernmental bodies, including open meetings of the Security Council, meetings of  the plenary, Second, Third, Fifth and Sixth Committees of the General Assembly, and of ECOSOC and its functional commissions,  as well as meetings of HLPF, the Peacebuilding Commission and the governing bodies of NY based Funds and Programs. 
  • Keep the Director General, Directors and concerned staff within IDLO informed of developments in the above-mentioned bodies and in the activities of relevant UN Secretariat Departments and Offices, as well as UNDP and other NY based UN entities that are relevant to the work and mission of IDLO. 
  • In support of IDLO advocacy functions, maintain good relations the international community in NY, including the Permanent Representatives and Missions of UN Member states in NY, the bureau and members of concerned   UN intergovernmental bodies and officials in the UN Secretariat and other NY based UN entities, keeping them apprised of relevant policy and programme developments in IDLO and its governance.
  • Contribute to IDLO’s partnership development by strengthening collaboration with UN system and other NY based IGOs and civil society actors. and organize and/or participate in events with UN and other partners in areas relevant to IDLO’s mission, with a particular focus on the contribution of the rule of law to advancing peace and development and the realization of the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 
  • Serve as a member of IDLO’s Senior Leadership Team and contribute to strategic discussions and internal interdepartmental mechanisms aimed at harmonizing policy, program and partnership development within IDLO. 
  • Lead and manage IDLO’s liaison office in New York by providing clear direction, fostering staff development, and implementing performance management, through dialogue, feedback and mentoring.
  • Lead the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of an annual program of work and budget for the Liaison Office.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Education and Professional Experience

  • Advanced university degree in International Relations, Diplomacy, Law, Development Studies, Political or Social Sciences, or a related field;
  • Minimum 15 years of experience in relevant senior positions of increasing scope and responsibility, including leadership experience in external relations in international development, rule of law and justice, human rights, humanitarian, or other relevant sectors;
  • Solid international development credentials and demonstrated commitment to the rule of law and justice;
  • Strong professional networks, preferably in the United Nations System and other relevant stakeholders in New York, to enable partnership building and strategic advocacy opportunities;
  • Relevant experience and public presence to work with officials at a senior level in partner organizations;
  • Field experience would be an asset. 


  • Outstanding written and verbal skills in English. Knowledge of French would be desirable. 

Skills, Knowledge and Technical Competencies

  • Strong leadership, diplomatic and advocacy skills and competencies.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to gender equality, cultural diversity, and inclusive approaches.
  • Proven ability to deliver high-quality and timely results.
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, flexibility, and an innovative and entrepreneurial approach.
  • Collaborative approach and excellent team-building capacities.
  • Proficiency in all relevant technologies.
  • Keen sense of ethics, integrity, and commitment to IDLO’s mandate and values.


For this internationally recruited position, IDLO will offer the selected candidate a Professional Fixed-Term Contract of 24 months, with the possibility of extension subject to performance and availability of funding.

IDLO shall offer a yearly basic salary of EUR € 117,500.- and benefits including provident fund contribution (14%), medical insurance and leave entitlements in accordance with IDLO Employee Regulations and Rules. Relocation, installation, expatriate, and educational allowances are also available for internationally recruited employees in accordance with IDLO Employee Regulations and Rules.  

Applications will be screened on regular basis; a qualified applicant might be contacted before the deadline. In the interest of making most effective use of resources, only the short-listed candidates will be contacted during the selection process.

IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome applications of qualified and diverse candidates. IDLO is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance at all levels within its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for IDLO vacancies.

IDLO does not tolerate sexual exploitation or abuse, any kind of harassment, including harassment of a sexual nature, or discrimination. As such, IDLO will conduct careful reference and background checks of all selected candidates as part of its selection process.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employee assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. 

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and in compliance with IDLO’s policy on personal data protection. 

The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

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