Advisor and Head of Office, Deputy Secretary-General’s Office

Salary: £73,171 pa + benefits

The Commonwealth Secretariat seeks to appoint an Adviser and Head of Office within the office of the Deputy Secretary-General. The post-holder will advise and provide direct support to the Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) on a full range of areas within the DSG’s remit, in particular project management and high level committee support, along with management and co-ordination of the activities of the Deputy Secretary General’s staff and areas of responsibility.

The successful candidate will act as the secretariat to key committees, ensuring that decisions are implemented and deliverables required by the Committees are delivered on time and to the required standard. The successful candidate will also support the DSG by coordinating and drafting the required input for any papers, correspondence or presentations. S/he will be responsible for coordinating and preparing of special funds (CFTC related) performance and briefing documents, as well as initiating and delivering time bound, results-oriented discreet projects, as directed.

You will need to have at least 10 years’ working experience in project management, planning, monitoring, budgeting, evaluation, and co-ordination of the offices of senior government officials or ministers. You will also need to have experience of providing pro-active, high level support to senior officials in an international organisation. You should be able to work  in a fast paced environment, delivering quality results within short timescales; pre-empting and solving complex project and administrative-related problems.  To be successful in this role, you will need a Master’s Degree or an equivalent post-graduate qualification in Management, Public Policy, or a related discipline. Specialist training and knowledge of project/programme management methods, for example Prince2, PMP,MSP, P3O or equivalent is desirable.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 member governments and provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries.  We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.

To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

Closing date 25 September 2020, 17.00 pm BST

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