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International Advocacy Officer | UN Secretariat

Under the supervision of the Director of Advocacy, the International Advocacy Officer –UN Secretariat is responsible for coordinating IPPF/WHR advocacy efforts at the New York Headquarters of the United Nations. This person will establish and maintain strategic relationships with staff members of key UN entities, such as UNFPA, UN Women, UNDP, and the Population Division. The International Advocacy Officer will support the development of advocacy strategies that maximize IPPF/WHR’s impact on priority sexual and reproductive health and rights-related processes taking place at the United Nations in New York City.


IPPF/WHR is a recognized leader in the international movement to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care as a human right for all. In partnership with 40 Member Associations in the Americas and the Caribbean, we provide nearly 33 million services a year and work to secure government policies that improve people's lives.

IPPF/WHR pioneered the introduction of family planning services in Latin America and the Caribbean. We developed innovative and effective strategies for meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of women, men, and young people in the region. IPPF/WHR continues to respond to the tremendous need for contraceptive services, while also addressing a range of issues that have an impact on sexual and reproductive health, such as HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and unsafe abortion. Learn more at


  • • Monitor the work of strategic UN bodies--such as the UN Commission on Population and Development, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and the General Assembly's Third Committee--and UN system reports and technical documents related to sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality.
  • • Analyze and provide feedback through briefings on UN Secretariat documents related to IPPF/WHR’s agenda.
  • • Organize meetings, conferences, and workshops with UN entities.
  • • Establish and maintain strategic partnerships with relevant civil society groups.
  • • Identify advocacy opportunities to advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights agenda at the UN.
  • • Support the provision of technical assistance to IPPF/WHR Member Associations on UN advocacy work and facilitate the strategic participation of IPPF/WHR colleagues at key meetings.
  • • Compile and develop international advocacy materials related to IPPF/WHR’s advocacy priorities.
  • • Represent IPPF/WHR at international meetings, as appropriate.


  • • Substantive knowledge of international Human Rights mechanisms, international conferences, and their implementation.
  • • Proven ability in international advocacy at the United Nations.
  • • Strong commitment to and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s rights, and gender equality.
  • • Experience working in and with the UN Secretariat.


  • • Master's degree or equivalent in International Affairs or relevant field.
  • • 5+ years of experience working on international policy related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • • Strong knowledge of and commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially in the Latin American and Caribbean context.
  • • Excellent analytical skills and proven ability to work strategically.
  • • Advanced oral and written skills in Spanish and English is required.
  • • Ability to work independently with limited supervision, but also closely with colleagues as part of a team.
  • • Proficient in Microsoft Office and demonstrates Internet literacy.
  • • Must be able to work late nights at the UN during important negociation processes.


35% of travel is required in the United States and internationally.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Barry Goldklang, Director of Human Resources, at

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

IPPF/WHR is committed to equal opportunities and cultural diversity. Applications are encouraged from people living with HIV/AIDS.

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