Director, Quaker United Nations Office – New York
“Grounded in the Quaker belief that there is that of the divine in every person, QUNO New York seeks a United Nations that addresses key drivers of peace and violence, including the structures and systems that produce exclusion and injustice; that facilitates and supports change through peaceful means; and whose policies and practices reflect a diversity of voices, such that people around the world can safely and peacefully achieve their potential.” ~ QUNO Vision Statement
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QUNO- New York’s 2020 Strategic Plan “Quiet Diplomacy at the Frontiers of Peace” articulates a central theme for QUNO’s work, to “expand constituencies of support for sustainable and people-centered strategies for peace among key UN stakeholders”. QUNO will pursue this strategy in the context of UN policies and agendas that relate to building sustainable peace, both over the longer term and in crisis response, while continuing to foster a growing understanding of what lies at the heart of efforts to build a peaceful world.
QUNO- New York is set up as a partnership between AFSC and the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), acting together as trustees of the Quaker witness and the Quaker presence at the United Nations in New York. The Quaker UN Committee – New York (QUNC) is responsible for approving the strategic plan, setting program priorities, recommending program plans and budgets, and monitoring and evaluating the work of QUNO in consultation with the AFSC General Secretary. The QUNO New York office is legally and administratively part of the American Friends Service Committee, based in Philadelphia. The QUNO Director is an employee of AFSC. The AFSC General Secretary or designee provides general management supervision of the QUNO Director.
QUNO grounds its approach in Quaker values and ways of working, with an emphasis on facilitating relationships, convening spaces for stakeholders to deal with difference through dialogue, integrating the voices of those with lived experience of peace and conflict, and lending support and encouragement to international policy makers engaging at the UN to enact policies and practices that actively build peace and address conflicts nonviolently.
QUNO-New York has a collegial relationship with the Quaker United Nations Office – Geneva (QUNO-Geneva), with a strong intention to deepen collaboration between the offices. There is also a strong intention to grow the operations of QUNO NY, in collaboration both with Geneva and the AFSC International Programs Unit. The QUNO NY Director will play an important role in raising the resources needed to expand the Quaker witness at UN Headquarters. The observance of the 75th anniversary of QUNO in 2022 will need immediately to be a high priority for the QUNO NY Director.
The Director, as the senior representative (together with the Director of QUNO-Geneva), leads the Quaker presence and witness at the UN. Their responsibilities include advancing the QUNO mission through effective programmatic and administrative leadership; playing a key role in obtaining and managing financial resources (including grant management); and managing outreach and collaboration activities.