Vice President of Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by United Nations Association - Southern New York District - Bronx Chapter
Times of day
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world.
We are dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system and achieving the goals of the United Nations Charter.
UNA-USA chapters help expand UNA-USA’s work by forging partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits, sponsoring local education and advocacy programs. The V.P. of Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (PJSI) will be a founding officer and member of the Bronx UNA-USA Southern New York (SNY) Chapter. The V.P. of PJSI, under the leadership of the Senior Vice President, will be responsible for leading the development of domestic UN-model simulations that advance and raise awareness of UN-led global efforts to achieve Sustainable Goal Target No. 16: Promote, Just, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies. Goal 16 of the UN-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
Board Member Responsibilities
The Chapter, as a group and as individuals, is not only expected to provide organizational governance, but to also take an active role with long-range strategic development initiatives. Chapter Officers must exercise a strong sense of professionalism, high moral standards and fiscal stewardship whilst maintaining the best interest of the UNA-USA.
o Understand and become acquainted with the UN Charter, UN governance structure and subcommittees, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UNA-USA’s mission.
o Willingness to engage in a succession plan inclusive of developing and testing standard operating procedures ensuring the continued success of the Chapter during periods of transition and growth.
o Make a moderately significant initial commitment of time for meetings, orientation and for periodic consultation with UNA associate members. Per week contribution after the chapter startup phase is approximately 5 hours per week.
o Selected candidates must register to become a UNA-USA member within ten business days after being extended an offer to contribute in the volunteer V.P. PJSI capacity.
o Attempt to recruit two UNA-USA members annually.
o Commit to a two-year term, commencing as of the date of appointment.
o Assume responsibility of staying abreast and raising awareness of major domestic and global demonstrations of organized political corruption and the absence of judicial accountability or dysfunction that challenges any groups right, irrespective of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work, and the right to an education.
o Lead the development of engaging networking opportunities that raise awareness of the global challenges, specific to UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 16 – Promote Just, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, the stabilizing efforts of the UN, and celebrate Community-based organizations (CBOs) and local not-for-profit organizations that have mobilized stabilizing and post-traumatic efforts on a micro-level.
o Design domestic micro UN-simulated youth-engagement programs that promote responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels e.g. engagement opportunities to increase voter registration and participation, sponsoring “Entry Paths to Political Office” programs designed to acquaint participants with the varying levels of governance, associated roles and guidance on how to become engaged as a city, state, federal or international policy-maker. Program design efforts should encourage collaboration with CBO’s, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), secondary and post-secondary institutions, or through existing UN partnerships.
o Design domestic micro UN-simulated engagement programs aimed at reducing the rate of recidivism through the promotion of adequate, effective and accessible restorative justice and alternative-to-suspension programs.
o Recommend to the V.P. of Advocacy, advocacy efforts that raise the transparency of judicial and political infrastructures conducive to collusion, reclaim the accountability of law-enforcement and the promotion of non-discriminatory laws.
Programmatic responsibilities are subject to change. Selected candidate will have an opportunity to develop alternative outreach programs, communal engagement opportunities and advocacy efforts. In addition, the selected candidate will assist in the recruitment for additional volunteer personnel to assist with the research, identify funding opportunities and operations management specific to the subdivision, Peace, Justice and Strong Institution Initiatives.
The applicant must have superior writing skills, be comfortable supervising a team of volunteers, willing to invest a moderately significant amount of time to establish the framework of the subdivision, and become well acquainted with the UN structure, UN Charter and the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. A minimum of an undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study is preferred.
How To Apply
Please send resumes in pdf format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate your name and the position title in the subject line i.e. Jane Doe_VP of Peace Justice and Strong Institutions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.