David Miliband, the former foreign secretary who was beaten to the Labour leadership by his brother Ed, is in the running for a high-profile job at the United Nations in New York, overseeing its international development work.
Some centrist Labour MPs still hold out hope that Miliband, who was MP for South Shields when he ran for the party leadership in 2010, might one day return, perhaps even as party leader.
But the Guardian understands he has put himself forward to run UNDP, the UN’s development arm, one of the most senior roles at the New York-based institution.
That suggests he has no intention of returning to frontline politics, or the UK, any time soon, and will continue to pursue a career in international development.
UNDP employs about 8,000 staff, according to the latest published figures, including many working on the frontline in some of the world’s poorest countries, and receives $4.5bn (£3.6bn) a year in donations from member states and charities.
Miliband has been running refugee charity the International Rescue Committee (IRC) since 2013, and had been tipped for a senior job in a Hillary Clinton administration if she had won the US presidential election.
UNDP’s current administrator, as its leader is known, is Helen Clark, the former New Zealand prime minister, who is due to complete a second four-year term in April, and is then expected to step down. She oversaw a significant streamlining of the organisation.