Recruitment of the 2018 Standby Team

The Department of Political Affairs, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), is seeking candidates for the 2018 Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers

Candidates are sought in the following areas of specialization:


  • Design and conduct of mediation, facilitation and dialogue
  • Security arrangements (including ceasefires, DDR & SSR)
  • Gender and inclusion
  • Constitution-making
  • Power-sharing


The UN Department of Political Affairs, through its Policy and Mediation Division, maintains a Mediation Support Unit (MSU) which provides support to senior UN envoys and partners engaged in mediation and peacemaking efforts, and serves as a repository for expertise and knowledge in this field. The Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers (SBT), managed by MSU, consists of full-time experienced mediation practitioners who can be deployed within 72 hours to support the conflict prevention, good offices, and mediation efforts of senior envoys and representatives of the UN and its partners.


DPA’s goal is to establish a team of advisers with significant mediation experience and a wide range of regional knowledge, technical skills and language abilities. All applicants are expected to have some mediation process design skills, and are expected to demonstrate competence in mainstreaming gender into their work. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Speakers of Arabic and/or French are also strongly encouraged to apply.


Interviews with short-listed candidates are expected to take place in October 2017, although the date may shift. The exact composition of the team will be defined depending on the requirements of the United Nations at the time of recruitment.


Expert positions on the Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers are full-time appointments; experts are home-based and deploy to the field on short notice, as needed. Members of the 2018 Standby Team are expected to take up their functions in late January 2018.


Applicants should take note that positions on the Standby Team are consultancies, not UN staff positions.


All candidates for the 2018 Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers
must submit an application via the recruitment portal of UNOPS.




All applications for the 2018 Standby Team must be received by 31 July 2017 at 18:00 EDT.


  • More information on the work of the Mediation Support Unit here.
  • More information on the 2017 Standby Team can be found here.