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Anglican Communion Permanent Representative to the United Nations Institutions in Geneva and to the Institutions of the Commonwealth (collectively the Institutions).

Location: St Andrew’s House, Tavistock Crescent, London W11 1AP, UK.

Accountable to:  Secretary General of the Anglican Communion.

Key Relationships: Secretary General, Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council, Anglican Communion Office staff, relevant Lambeth Palace staff, New York Office staff, Dioceses and Provinces, regional organisations,  Networks and Programmes of the Communion as appropriate.

Background: This role was established in January 2014 following a report to the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council recommending this post. The addition of the Commonwealth is for this post holder.

Job Overview: To act as the Anglican Communion ambassador to the Institutions, to enable better relationships and more effective communication between the provinces and dioceses of the Communion and their Institution partners, working in collaboration with the representatives of other religious communities and faith based organisations. To act as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Personal Representative.

Main Responsibilities

  • To represent the Anglican Communion to the United Nations institutions in Geneva
  • To represent the Anglican Communion to the Commonwealth institutions in London
  • To enable the Anglican voice to heard, bringing expert and experienced representatives from across the Communion to the meetings of the Institutions
  • To act as the Personal Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury
  • To promote religious literacy at the Institutions and literacy about the Institutions in the Communion
  • To keep under review the Communion’s priorities for this work;
  • To serve as liaison between Institutions in Geneva and the Instruments of Communion and dioceses and provinces of the Communion;
  • To work in cooperation with other Churches, religious communities, Faith-based and other Non-Governmental Organisations at the U.N. in Geneva;
  • To maintain a desk, hosted by the Lutheran World Federation, in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva;
  • To work in coordination with Anglican Communion Networks;
  • To facilitate dialogue and develop fora which discuss major global issues of concern to the wider church;
  • To employ effective means of communicating information on global issues so as to create greater awareness within the Communion, build capacity, share experience and good practice;
  • To encourage theological reflection on selected U.N./Commonwealth issues;
  • To work collaboratively with staff at the Anglican Communion Office, in particular with colleagues at the Anglican Alliance, and Lambeth Palace;
  • To liaise with those holding responsibility for the U.N. work in New York;
  • To prepare briefs for the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Secretary General on any of the above as requested, and maintain files and records;
  • To assist in fundraising for this work;
  • Any other appropriate tasks that may be requested by the Secretary General.


The main duties and responsibilities of the post are outlined in this description. This list is not exhaustive and is intended to reflect main tasks and areas of work. Changes may occur over time and the post holder may be expected to agree any reasonable changes to the job description that are commensurate with salary banding and in line with the general nature of the post. The post holder will be consulted about any changes to the job description before these are implemented.

Line Management Responsibility:

Administration and Research assistant (a post shared with other Mission Cluster Directors).

Person Specification:


  • Able to represent the Communion at Ambassador level
  • Have a detailed understanding of and be sympathetic to the life and work of the Anglican Communion
  • Have significant experience working collaboratively across international organisational and sector boundaries.
  • Have extensive experience of working globally and cross-culturally, both internationally and in the UK.
  • Strong representational, influencing and communication skills. A confident public speaker. Essential gifts in building and sustaining relationships.
  • Culturally sensitive to a broad spectrum of people.
  • Ability to think at a conceptual and strategic level. Able to assimilate rapidly many complex agendas, often in politically sensitive areas.
  • Able to assimilate rapidly many complex agendas, often in politically sensitive areas, identifying issues and priorities.


  • Experience relating at a high level to UN or other international institutions, the Anglican Communion, the WCC and ecumenically.
  • Evidence of successfully convening and facilitating dialogue.
  • Evidence of ability to advocate.
  • Evidence of the ability to coordinate volunteers of stature and competence to represent the Communion at meetings.
  • Experience of working in an international context and of dealing with diverse cultures.

Personal Attributes:

  • Has a vocation to serve God’s mission in the world.
  • Demonstrates enthusiastic commitment to the priorities of the Instruments of Communion.
  • Possesses a high level of personal credibility and commands the confidence and respect of others.
  • A strategic operator, who can balance the strategic with the detailed when necessary.
  • The ability to relate effectively to organisations; able to think creatively.
  • The ability to work both independently and collaborate effectively with work colleagues.

Other Information

This role will require international travel, occasionally to higher risk locations and the post holder will spend significant amounts of time in Geneva, together with some time in Rome and New York.  All travel and accommodation for ACO staff is undertaken on the most cost-effective basis possible.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the United Kingdom.

General Conditions:

The Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to ensuring within the framework of the law, that our work places are free from unlawful discrimination on the following grounds:

  • Age
  • Colour,  race or ethnic or national origin
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Marital Status
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual Orientation

Standards of Behaviour and Conduct

Staff are expected to act at all times with due consideration for others and in a manner befitting their position as employees and as professionals, whatever their job. The values the Anglican Communion Office seeks to maintain are;

  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Hospitality
  • Humility
  • Openness


Staff must not pass on to unauthorised persons, any information obtained in the course of their duties without the permission of the Secretary General.

Terms of Employment:

Salary: £50,000 to £55,000   

Pension Contributions: Staff will be admitted to the Church Workers Pension Fund (Pension Builder Classic scheme). The Anglican Communion Council contributes 10% of basic salary and employees are   required to contribute a minimum of 2.5%.

Hours of Duty: Normal hours of work are 35 per week, Monday to Friday with an hour’s unpaid break for lunch. Holders of senior positions are expected to adopt a flexible approach to hours worked to fulfil the duties of the post.

Annual Leave: 25 days paid leave per leave year. This is exclusive of public holidays and additional non contractual privilege holidays. The leave year runs from 1st January to 31st December.

Season Ticket Loan: Staff are eligible to apply for an interest-free travel season ticket loan for their journey to and from work.

Contract: The post is offered on a permanent contract, subject to a six month probationary period.

Closing date:closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 26 May 2017

Interviews: Interviews are planned for 5 June 2017 at our office.

Applications: Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons. The application should include a full CV and the names of at least three referees, including a professional and a personal referee.  References will be requested only for the successful candidate following interview.

Applications should be sent to: All applications and enquiries will be treated in strict confidence.