Vacant position at the Norwegian Embassy in Rome. Adviser at Norway's Permanent Delegation to the UN organizations in Rome

Norway's Permanent Delegation to the UN organizations is part of the Norwegian Embassy in Rome. It is responsible for promoting Norwegian policy and ensuring cooperation with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Program (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The Norwegian Embassy in Rome currently has 22 employees, including 6 diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The UN Delegation includes a Permanent Representative (ambassador to the UN), a Deputy Permanent Representative, two locally employed advisers, and an intern. One of the adviser positions will be available from the 1st of October. We are therefore searching for a new team member who has relevant experience from international development cooperation, and humanitarian policy, as well as an interest in the field of food security.

 Application deadline: 18th of June.



The adviser is responsible for reporting to the Permanent or Deputy representative. The delegation's role is to promotes Norwegian priorities and interests in the UN organizations in Rome through board meetings, consultations, and other means, specifically in the areas of global food security, development policy, climate and food, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, and humanitarian work. The position includes independent professional responsibilities within the delegation's field of work.


Key tasks

  • Analysis of priority policy areas and assessments of the UN organization's work.
  • Prepare meetings, write summaries and talking points, participate in and report from meetings and consultations, including the board meetings of the organizations.
  • Reporting and ongoing dialogue with Norwegian authorities.
  • Coordination of events and visitor programs, as well as administrative tasks.
  • Report to the Ambassador to Italy on administrative matters. The Ambassador has the authority to make changes to the position’s responsibilities as needed.



  • Higher education, preferably within international relations, development issues, humanitarian work, or other relevant fields.
  • Work experience from international cooperation, the UN, voluntary organizations within development policy or other relevant professional fields.
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is an important asset. Knowledge of Italian or one of the official UN languages is an advantage.
  • Knowledge and experience with common ICT tools and social media.


Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work well within a team that emphasizes close and ongoing collaboration.
  • Ability to work independently, in a structured and results-oriented manner.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • Solution-oriented, good judgement, and the ability to take initiative are also essential.




We offer

Highly engaging work tasks, with opportunities for independent responsibilities and tasks within a small team. Additionally, a positive and modern work environment is provided, with bright and updated premises in a central location in Rome.


  • One-year contract with possibility of extension.
  • 36 working hours per week.
  • Wages based on agreement.
  • 26 days annual leave per year.


How to apply

Applicants must qualify for a residence and work permit in Italy. Local employees at the Norwegian Embassy in Rome are subject to terms and conditions in accordance with Italian law.


Interested parties should send their application to mission.rome@mfa.no. Please mark the application in the subject heading with "Application for the position of UN adviser".


The application must include

  • Letter of application (max. 1 page) explaining your suitability and interest in the position
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Two references with contact information
  • Copies of relevant references and academic, professional and language qualifications


Only electronic applications will be accepted. Please scan all papers and references into one pdf file.


The embassy prepares a list of candidates who will be invited for a written test and an interview. Please note that only candidates who are invited for an interview will be contacted. We are aiming to have two rounds of interviews.


Questions regarding the position can be directed to mission.rome@mfa.no.


Deadline for applications: June 18, 2024.


Starting date: As soon as possible after 1st of October 2024