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Control Arms Secretariat
Location: New York City, USA
Last Date: April 11, 2011

Organization: Control Arms Secretariat
Location: New York City (Midtown East)
Contact information:

The Control Arms coalition is an international campaign that has been working since 2003 for tough controls on the international arms trade in order to reduce human suffering. This is an exciting moment in the campaign’s development, as formal negotiations are now underway at the United Nations toward the conclusion of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

We are looking for talented and committed individuals who can help to drive forward the international campaign, and provide support to our growing network. You will have great leadership skills, be experienced in working with multi-cultural and multi-lingual networks, and possess the drive, passion and commitment to see campaigns make a real difference.

Purpose of the Control Arms Secretariat
To serve the responsibilities and role of coordinator and facilitator for the Control Arms coalition – a global civil society campaign fighting for tough legally-binding arms control that will prevent irresponsible arms transfers in order to save lives and protect livelihoods. The new Control Arms Secretariat will lead and implement the coalition’s operations, activities and strategies, and serve and support the members and the bodies of the coalition in their efforts to effectively advocate and campaign for a strong ATT. This includes supporting work at the national, regional and international levels.

Positions Available:

1. Coordinator

Job description
The Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the Control Arms Secretariat fulfills its functions, serving as the global coordinating and facilitating body of the Control Arms coalition’s advocacy, campaign and media efforts. The Control Arms Coordinator will manage a small office and will be responsible for reporting to the Control Arms Steering Board – which provides strategic direction and oversight on behalf of the coalition.

Coordinate the Control Arms coalition’s global work on advocacy and campaigning.
Ensure effective coordination and increased advocacy and campaign impact of the Control Arms coalition through communication and distribution of information, resources, advocacy and campaigning tools to all members of the Control Arms coalition, as well as within and between the membership, the public, partner organizations, and governments.
Respond to contacts and queries from governments, civil society and media on policy, strategy and operational matters.
Represent the Control Arms coalition to the global media and in public fora, as well as with policy makers, diplomats and stakeholders.
Develop, together with Steering Board, the Control Arms coalition’s strategic and operational plans, reporting periodically on their progress.
Ensure effective logistics and convening of Steering Board meetings – as well as facilitating communication between the membership and the Steering Board.
Manage and help recruit a small staff, both locally and “virtually”, including interns. Lead support and development for Secretariat staff.
Oversee the coalition’s fundraising and donor liaison work, as well as the production of financial and narrative reports, managing and accounting for funds received by the Control Arms coalition, providing accurate and comprehensive financial and narrative reports to donors and the Steering Board.
Ensure the financial sustainability of the Control Arms coalition to ensure it is solvent, compliant, effective and efficient.

Qualifications/Person Specification

 Strong team leader and sound manager, with experience in personnel and budget management.
 Track record of successful campaign planning and implementation, including strong strategic skills
 Graduate degree in international affairs or relevant social science – or equivalent practical experience.
 Significant work experience in civil society, government or international organization environment in the disarmament, arms control, human rights or humanitarian fields.
 Excellent communication, writing, public speaking, presentation, networking and diplomatic skills.
 Strong lobby and representation skills (ability to interact with government officials at a senior level).
 Fluent oral and written communication skills in English as well as in at least one other language – ideally Spanish, French or Arabic.
 Knowledge of arms control/security/disarmament issues, and diplomacy/UN system.
 Excellent ability to engage and lead team-work in multicultural settings with a diverse range of activists (geographical, language, gender, religious and cultural).
 Complete computer literacy.
 Availability for extensive international travel.

 Knowledge of the Arms Trade Treaty process and/or conventional arms export controls.
 Experience with international NGO coalitions and networks.
 Knowledge of digital and social media.
 Fluency in additional languages.

Salary: Up to U$75,000 based on experience, with benefits.
Length of contract: One year, with possibility of renewal.
Apply by: April 11, 2011
Start date: As soon as possible.

To apply: Interested applicants should email cover letter, a detailed CV/resumé, three references, and a sample of publication or media work. Only applicants who fulfill the aforementioned requirements will be considered, and only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Send to

Candidates must demonstrate eligibility – or ability to rapidly gain eligibility – to legally work in the United States (citizenship, “green card”/work permit). Control Arms highly values diversity in applications for this post.



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