Reporting to the Head of Portfolio Management, the Planning and Monitoring Officer will support with and contribute to the development and roll out of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s four-year Strategic Plan and to its annual Delivery Plan. The successful candidate will also be responsible for guiding and supporting the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Divisions/Directorates with the design, planning and delivery of programmes, projects, and ministerial meetings, ensuring that these achieve strategic and performance results.
Other responsibilities entailed in this role include (but are not limited to):
- Assessing the impact of issues, risks and learnings raised through monitoring reports from the Divisions/Directorates on the ability of the Commonwealth Secretariat to meet the objectives of its Strategic and Delivery Plans;
- Supporting the creation of good monitoring practices in the Commonwealth Secretariat by planning and conducting spot audits of monitoring practices, following up with feedback and with suggestions, and planning and supporting quality improvement initiatives;
- Contributing to the development, appraisal and management of funding proposals and grants from a performance and a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) perspective;
- Drafting, editing and proof-reading policies, guidance, strategies, internal communications, and other documents related to the Portfolio Management Section’s work.
To be considered you must have a post-graduate degree in development studies, international relations, economics, public administration, or a related field. Candidates must also have at least five years’ relevant work experience in international development programmes, gained in a government planning agency or at an international/inter-governmental organisation. Considerable working experience in monitoring performance and results at both a project and a programme level is also required. Candidates who have prepared analytical and final content for strategic, policy and sectoral planning documents will have an added advantage.
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 and have the right to live and work in the UK.
Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter. Covering letters should be structured to address the key criteria required in the person specification, giving clear examples.
Closing date: 11 June 2021, 1700hrs BST