Working for the Swiss Mission

Advisor on Budgetary and Management Questions (100%)

Start date: August 1st, 2024 (or upon agreement)

The Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York is looking for a qualified candidate for the position of Advisor on Budgetary and Management Questions in the Legal, Sanctions, Counter-Terrorism, Human Rights, Budget and Management Affairs Team.

The Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in New York promotes Switzerland’s interests at the UN Headquarters, in line with the country’s foreign policy goals. Under the political direction of the Swiss government, the Mission participates in the work of the UN’s principal organs (General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council). Switzerland is a member of the UN Security Council in 2023 and 2024.

Job Description

The Advisor on Budgetary and Management Questions covers a broad range of budgetary and management issues across the UN system, especially in the UN General Assembly and its Fifth Committee. The role offers the opportunity to gain in-depth and hands-on experience in multilateral diplomacy and negotiations and presents a unique chance to acquire comprehensive knowledge of the working methods and functioning of the entire UN System. 

Responsibilities

  • Represent Swiss interests at the UN as well as vis-à-vis the Permanent Missions of other UN member states; 
  • Develop and defend Swiss positions;
  • Negotiate and chair resolutions in the UN Fifth Committee;
  • Draft Swiss statements, talking points, letters, briefing notes, reports, and communication material, including for social media;
  • Collect information, conduct substantial research and provide policy analysis;
  • Advise on budgetary, management and oversight issues while identifying opportunities and initiatives; 
  • Organize, coordinate, accompany, and support delegation visits to New York and high-level public events.

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in international relations, political science, law or finance and administration; 
  • Relevant work experience with intergovernmental organizations or in the private sector; work experience in the Swiss Federal Administration, a permanent mission or representation of Switzerland would be an asset;
  • Fluency in English and good knowledge of French as one of the working languages of the UN and national languages of Switzerland;
  • A solid knowledge of international politics and Swiss foreign policy, with a strong interest in governance questions;
  • Fast learner and flexibility to take on new questions, capability to engage in detailed research; 
  • Strong negotiation and presentation skills, stress resistance and ability to work under pressure;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to develop a professional network.

We Offer

  • Inviting and intellectually inspiring work atmosphere in a multilingual setting within a motivated Mission of about 50 employees 
  • Diverse diplomatic working environment
  • Salary range 103 – 108K, and benefits package
  • 401k plan with matching employer contribution
  • 4 weeks paid vacation, with observance of American and some Swiss holidays

If interested, please send your resume, a cover letter and salary expectations in PDF format to: newyork.un.jobapplication@eda.admin.ch  Please write in the subject line “Advisor 5C” to ensure timely processing of your application. 

Deadline for application: June 16th, 2024

We will not review incomplete applications or those that do not adhere to the requirements above. Please note that only digital applications will be accepted. Those not considered for an interview will be destroyed at the end of the selection process.             

Senior Trade Commissioner Export in the Swiss Business Hub USA Team

The Consulate General of Switzerland in New York is looking for a qualified candidate for a permanent position as Senior Trade Commissioner for the Swiss Business Hub USA (SBH USA). This is a locally recruited position within the SBH USA headquarter at the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.

The SBH USA is part of the official representation of Switzerland in the United States, representing Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), Switzerland’s official agency for Export and Investment Promotion.

Our mission is to enable new business. We are the sparring partners of Swiss companies and, together with our network of trusted experts, we support them with their internationalization projects on their journey from Switzerland to the United States. Our services include market surveys, business partner search, legal- tax- and regulatory advice as well as trade fair services and support in the market. 

As our Senior Trade Commissioner, you will support Swiss SMEs with a focus on the Machine- Electro- and Metal Industries (MEM) and Infrastructure.

Your tasks

  • Support Swiss SMEs with their internationalization projects to successfully enter the US market
  • Understand the needs of the Swiss SMEs and provide guidance
  • Manage the export promotion mandates, from the first contact with the Swiss SME to understanding their needs and offering our services, from 
  • Identify business opportunities and create relevant content (reports and social media)
  • Identify qualified business partners for Swiss SMEs
  • Further develop our network of trusted experts
  • Organize events and networking activities (East-Coast, Mid-West)
  • Visit Swiss companies in Switzerland as well as the US
  • Develop a strong sector competence

Your profile

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, ideally followed by a graduate education in Foreign Trade and International Business
  • Minimum of four years working experience with an export or investment promotion agency, consulting firm or in an international industrial business development role
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) in English and one of the Swiss National languages
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including comfort interacting with different hierarchical levels in an international setup
  •  High service mindset and commitment to deliver
  • Can bring an inspiring, go-getting and engaging energy to your team and clients
  • Experience with government relations is a plus
  • A developed network (industry experts, associations, consultants, law firms) is ideal 
  • As part of the SBH USA team, you will be based in New York but will collaborate closely with the entire U.S. team (LA, SF, ATL, DC and Boston). Willingness and flexibility to travel is expected

Due to the nature of the work, preference will be given to a Swiss national (or to those candidates who have a relationship with Switzerland) with U.S. work experience and an understanding of the U.S. economic landscape.

Additional duties beyond those listed here will be determined and assigned as needed. Training will be provided

Our offer

  • A fascinating role at the intersection of private and public business in the heart of New York City in an exciting global environment.
  • Salary range 104k – 110k and benefits package
  • 100% matching in 401 k plan
  • Paid vacation
  • American and some Swiss holidays

Interested?

Please send your resume, a letter of interest and salary expectations in electronic format (word or pdf) to job-cgny@eda.admin.ch. Please write into the subject line “SBH –Trade Commissioner” to ensure timely processing of your application. Please do not contact the Consulate General or the Permanent Mission.

Only those who are chosen for an interview will be contacted.