Budget and Programme Analyst, Governance and Peace Directorate

Salary: £59,756 p.a. + benefits

The Governance and Peace Directorate (GPD) is the lead directorate in the Commonwealth Secretariat for the promotion of democracy, human rights, rule of law and good governance in the Commonwealth. The directorate is responsible for programmes which foster greater adherence to Commonwealth political values, the conducting of fair, credible and inclusive elections and engagement with member countries through the Good offices of the Secretary General.

The Budget and Programme Analyst should be an experienced professional in project management and finance with a relevant degree. The post-holder should have strong experience in the oversight and coordination of sectional, cross-sectional or interdivisional outputs; budgeting; strategic planning; financial management and reporting; monitoring, analysis and evaluation; coordination of programme reports; policy formulation and procedures. In this regard, the post-holder will assist the Senior Director and foster financial accountability, maximization of resources, transparency, collaboration, efficiency, relevance impact and visibility in delivery among the Heads in the Directorate. 

Responsibilities of the post holder includes (but is not limited to):

  • Coordinate sectional, cross-sectional or interdivisional outputs, and oversee the budgeting functions and monitor schedules of expenditure, thus assisting the Senior Director and Heads in the implementation of the Commonwealth Secretariat 4-Year Strategic Plan;
  • Monitor, analyse and evaluate the financial running of projects and programmes to ensure compliance with expected outputs, fostering financial accountability, maximization of resources, transparency, collaboration, and efficiency. Aligning the Directorate’s financial management, budgeting process and regular financial reporting systems to the strategic plan and management expectations;
  • Lead the preparation of the Directorate’s annual workplan including revisions to its Project Design Documents, as well as its financial reports;
  • Provide oversight of financial transactions and records. Including processing office and divisional invoices for payments including posts on the financial system (CODA) and liaising with Finance and Heads of Section as required; Adheres to the Gender Equality values of the Commonwealth as enshrined in the Charter and Secretariat’s Gender Equality Policy;
  • Performs other duties as may be required from time to time. 

Please refer to the Job Description for full details of the responsibilities of this position. 

To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Attained a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as finance, accounting, economics, project management, business or strategy. A masters degree in economics, finance, project management or any other relevant discipline involving quantitative methods and professional qualifications in a field such as finance, accounting, public administration, human resources or related field would be desirable.
  • Minimum 5 years’ multi-function experience in a senior level administrative role in the development or accounting sector, leading programme or business teams;
  • Experience working and leading roles in developing countries and field-based development;
  • Proven capability of preparation of budgets, expert analytical skills through the use of spreadsheets, databases, and other budgeting software;

Please refer to the Job Description for full details of the person specification of this position.

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: 17 September 2021, 17:00 BST

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