Call for Applications
Volunteer to Represent APA and Psychology at the United Nations in New York
APA is not currently accepting applications for representatives to the U.N.
APA is seeking applications from psychologists in the greater New York City area to join the volunteer APA NGO team at the United Nations headquarters.
APA has special consultative status with the U.N. Department of Public Information (DPI), the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) as one of many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) whose goals overlap with those of the U.N.
APA-appointed representatives work within the NGO community at the U.N. headquarters in New York. Based on APA advocacy goals and priorities, APA representatives collaborate with other NGO representatives and APA offices and governance to identify issues, organize programs and draft statements that bring psychological science and a psychological perspective to bear on global policies and programs. Representatives also foster dialogue and information exchange between psychologists and APA and U.N. diplomats and representatives of U.N. agencies, and serve as APA’s conduit for information about the United Nations.
In addition, APA representatives may be joined by Associate Representatives who are appointed to work on special projects, and student interns who assist the APA team in meeting planning and logistics.
APA’s NGO team includes:
Five representatives to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Two representatives to the U.N. Department of Public Information (DPI).
Up to five graduate student interns and occasional special projects associates.
APA has two open positions for representatives to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). ECOSOC representatives are expected to work within the NGO community to join one or more of the NGO committees that parallel ECOSOC concerns (e.g., Status of Women, HIV/AIDS, Children and Families, Mental Health, Human Rights, Migration and so on). Representatives attend committee meetings and pursue program objectives on a regular weekly basis. In addition, all APA representatives collaborate with other psychology-based NGOs to plan the annual Psychology Day at the United Nations.
APA’s representation at the United Nations is led by a main representative appointed as chair of the APA team with oversight by APA’s Committee on International Relations (CIRP).
Please note: This is a volunteer position. APA covers U.N./NGO committee dues, representation costs at organized U.N. events and local transportation expenses to the U.N. headquarters in Manhattan (public transportation or parking).
The appointment may begin as early as September 2013 for a renewable five-year term, with review at the end of the first year, and continuing reviews on an annual basis. ECOSOC representatives are expected:
To attend regular meetings of the APA team, typically once a month at U.N. headquarters.
To join at least one U.N. NGO committee and attend its meetings, generally on a monthly basis.
To make contact with U.N. diplomats and staff when possible.
To participate in organizing and attending the annual Psychology Day at the United Nations.
APA representatives are expected to assume leadership positions in the U.N. NGO committees. Participation in the Annual APA Convention Symposium is also encouraged. The time commitment is a minimum of one day per week.
1. Residence in or near New York City (within 50 miles) is essential.
Representatives must visit U.N. Headquarters each week, and must attend the monthly APA representatives’ meeting. In addition, representatives are encouraged to attend one DPI briefing each month. Applicants must live within 50 miles of the U.N. headquarters in Manhattan. Applicants outside this area will not be considered.
2. The position is a volunteer position.
APA reimburses representatives for local travel in New York City (including travel to NYC from suburban areas) on public transportation or reimburses parking costs.
3. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree and be APA members.
Candidates must also:
Have experience that strongly identifies with the work of at least one of APA's four directorates: science, education, practice or public interest.
Show an interest or involvement in the application of psychological science to social issues at the international, national or local level.
Be culturally sensitive and have experience working with people from other cultures.
Have effective oral and written communication skills.
Exercise personal initiative and work collaboratively with others who may hold different viewpoints or interests.
Demonstrate a diplomatic and effective interpersonal style.
Communicate regularly by e-mail.
Be willing to work as part of a volunteer team.
Other attributes, such as proficiency in a foreign language, experience living outside the United States or knowledge of the U.N. system are helpful, but are not required. The psychologists on the APA team will provide new representatives with an orientation to the U.N. system and the NGO role. APA especially welcomes applications from psychologists of diverse backgrounds.
How to Apply
To apply, submit an application letter that addresses the requirements above and a curriculum vitae to APA's Office of International Affairs with UN APPLICATION in the subject line, or mail a hardcopy to the Office of International Affairs, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.
The application letter should include a brief statement of interest, comment on how the applicant's background meets the position's requirements and identify the issues on which the candidate might wish to work. In this section, applicants should be specific with reference to ongoing or upcoming U.N. activities within the NGO purview and address both their areas of psychology/scientific expertise as well as their interest areas.
Applications are reviewed by APA’s Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP) and the APA main U.N. representative, in consultation with other APA-NGO representatives at the U.N. Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview in New York City with a selection committee of CIRP representatives and the U.N. team. Successful candidates are appointed by APA.
Please direct questions to Merry Bullock, PhD, Senior Director, APA Office of International Affairs (202) 336-6024. APA is not currently accepting applications for representatives to the U.N.