Programme Officer – UN Financing, Leadership and Inclusivity

Join our global governance project team and in memory of the second UN Secretary-General help us advance dialogue and policy for sustainable development and peace.

We are recruiting a Programme Officer (parental leave cover) to support the Foundation’s core programmatic activities, with a focus on global governance-related activities, including financing of the UN development system.

Please note that this is a temporary position (January 1st -July 31st 2022). 



The Programme Officer will support the Foundation’s core programmatic activities, which addresses four interrelated and mutually reinforcing thematic areas: global governance, peacebuilding and sustaining peace, human rights, and climate change; and three strategic priorities: leadership, resources, and inclusivity. The programmatic work is organised within five projects, each with its project team.

The Programme Officer position will be engaged in and support all areas of the Foundation’s programmatic work, mainly global governance-related activities, including the annual Financing Report and Funding Compact.

The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation is a values-based organisation. Its employees should share its vision and ideals and understand what it means to work in and represent Hammarskjöld’s legacy in an international context. The working language is English.


Responsibilities and tasks

  • Support planning, implementation and follow-up for projects, including in-house and external events (e.g. seminars, workshops, lectures) through, for example drafting invitations, making travel arrangements and compiling and disseminating materials.
  • Contribute to producing and editing written material (articles, policy papers, reports, blog posts) related to the assigned projects(s).
  • Follow ongoing research and events on issues and themes related to the Foundation’s work programmes and report back to Programme Director(s) and Managers.
  • Coordinate and support projects and activities across all thematic focus areas of the Foundation.
  • Participate in teams working on strategy, policy, monitoring and evaluation of the Foundation’s activities.
  • Perform additional tasks in support of work programmes or administration as assigned by the Programme Director(s) and/or the Executive Director.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. international relations, political science, global studies). A Master’s degree is preferred but not required.
  • Minimum of three years relevant professional experience, preferably with global issues, UN processes or development cooperation. Understanding of UN financing is desired but not required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required. Proficiency in other languages is desired.
  • Detail-oriented and the ability to take initiatives to develop activities and to advance programmatic work.
  • Open-mindedness, flexibility, the ability to be a good team player, and an understanding of the work of a values-based organisation. Ability to maintain professionalism, creativity, and enthusiasm working in a fast-paced international environment.
  • Willingness and ability to participate in limited international travel, when it becomes possible and safe to do so in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Reporting and Relations

  • The Programme Officer will report to a Programme Director.
  • Internal: Support staff engaged in programmatic work. Collaboration takes place mostly within project teams, and the Programme Officer will also work closely with the Communications team and administrative staff.
  • External: Collaboration with partners and external consultants as relevant to programmatic work.


Terms of employment

  • The Programme Officer will be based at the Foundation’s office in Uppsala, Sweden. (Note: The Foundation follows the guidelines for minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19, issued by Folkhälsomyndigheten. As of January 2022, staff will begin working more frequently in the office.)
  • The position is temporary for seven months (January 1st -July 31st 2022). The salary will be determined based on the individual’s experience and qualifications.
  • The Foundation offers generous leave benefits and a wellness allowance based on full-time employment.
  • Pensions are stipulated in the Foundation’s Pensions Policy.


Applications should include a cover letter and a CV in English and be sent to no later than December 8th 2021.

For inquiries about the position, please contact Olivia Hjertén Knutson at or on +46 (0)76 541 10 05 or Erik Engberg at or on +46 (0)76-540 14 17.