Apply for Job Vacancies at the Commonwealth Secretariat, London

 

The Commonwealth Secretariat London has announced job vacancies it intends to fill with qualified applicants from member countries. The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries. It is home to 2.5 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. 32 of our members are small states, including many island nations.

Below are job vacancies available:

1. Management Accountant

“We have an outstanding opportunity in our Corporate Business Division for a Management Accountant who will lead our Management Accounting team in providing commercially astute, timely, and value-added services to the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The successful candidate will prepare accurate, meaningful, and timely monthly management accounts, with the aim of providing insightful comments to assist Senior Management in making well-informed decisions. They will also support the Head of Finance in the implementation of Secretariat strategies and policies .Other responsibilities entailed in this role include (but are not limited to):

Preparing the Secretariat’s budgets, forecasts and longer-term financial plans. The post-holder will be responsible for the upload and maintenance of budgets into the accounting information system, including virements;

Holding regular consultative meetings with Secretariat Directorates and Divisions and/or their representative(s) to obtain a greater understanding of budgetary variances and corrective action plans; Advising on financial plans, performance, accounting principles, policies and processes, and providing recommendations on the basis of the analysis of management information. The post-holder will also participate in decision-making processes as required; Assisting with internal and external audits by carrying out the required preparatory and analytical work. Assisting with the timely implementation of external and internal audit recommendations;

Promoting sound financial management by ensuring adherence and compliance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).

To be considered you must be a professionally qualified accountant (CIMA, ACCA, ACA, or equivalent) who must be able to demonstrate ongoing professional development. Candidates must also have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in financial leadership and management, gained since attaining their professional qualification. At least three years’ experience in Business Partnering is required, and candidates must be skilled in managing staff and delivering results to tight deadlines.

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.

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.”

Salary: £73,171 p.a + benefits
Location: London SW1, Pall Mall
Closing date: 17 May 2022, 05:00 PM

2. Programme Assistant

“We have an excellent opportunity for a Programme Assistant to join the Debt Management Unit in our Economic Youth and Sustainable Development Directorate. This post is offered as a 9-month fixed term contract.
The Debt Management Unit (DMU) is a part of the Economic, Youth and Sustainable Development Directorate (EYSD) and provides an integrated package of technical assistance in debt management through policy advisory support, capacity building activities and provision of debt management solutions for strengthening and reforming debt management framework, policy and operations.

The DMU is implementing a multi-year donor funded debt reform project in The Bahamas entitled ‘Strengthening Public Debt Management Framework and Developing Government Bond Market in The Bahamas’. It aims to promote long-term public debt sustainability in the Bahamas by enhancing institutional capacity for effective public debt management in the Government.

The Programme Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative, management and technical support in the implementation and reporting of the aforesaid project. S/he will do so in fulfillment of related Project Corporation Agreement between UNDP Jamaica County Office and the Commonwealth Secretariat. S/he will under the guidance of the Adviser, Debt Management, ensure that the project delivers value for money to the project donor, demonstrates clear impact within a results-based management framework, and meets the needs of the Government of The Bahamas as contained in the detailed Project Document (PD).

To be considered, you will need a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in international development, law, social sciences, public administration, project management or other relevant field.

You will also need a minimum of three years’ experience in a relevant field; project administration experience in the field of development cooperation including in grant management; proven experience in financial and logistics management and reporting; and an excellent Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages including Word and Excel.

Knowledge of cybercrime, cyber security and criminal justice issues, and a proven ability to draft, edit and produce written reports and results-focused reports is an advantage.

Please refer to the Job Description for a detailed list of responsibilities and experience required for the role.

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.

If you feel that you are suitable for the role, 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.”

Duration: 9 month fixed-term contract
Salary: £30,497 pa + benefits
Location: London SW1, Pall Mall
Closing date: 05 May 2022, 05:00 PM

 

3. Senior Communications Officer
“We have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Communications Officer, to work within the Communications Division. The Communications Division is primarily responsible for raising the public profile of the Commonwealth in line with the Secretariat’s Strategic Plan. Our principle audiences are member governments, accredited Commonwealth organisations, partner organisations, civil society groups, young people, and the general public.

The Communications Division does this through strategic communications, including proactive media outreach, and a range of public relations activities.

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s strategic communications strategy, which involves proactive media outreach and a range of public affairs activities.

To be considered, you will need a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience – preferably in communications, journalism, media studies, international affairs or any other appropriate field and at least seven years of experience as a reporter or correspondent in a media organisation or working in external communications. Competency in audio-visual or print journalism is also a requirement.

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.

Candidates from the Caribbean or South Asia are encouraged to apply and experience of working in a Caribbean or South Asia context would be an advantage.

If you feel that you are suitable for the role, 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.”

Salary: £59,756 pa + benefits
Location: London SW1, Pall Mall
Closing date: 05 May 2022, 05:00

4. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

“We have an excellent opportunity for a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer to join our Strategy, Portfolio, Partnerships and Digital Division.

The Evaluation and Learning Section of SPPD leads in designing, developing and implementing evaluation policies, practices and plans for the organization, building capacities in monitoring and evaluations (M&E) and facilitating the growth of the knowledge and evidence base that will drive the demand and use of monitoring and evaluation information for improved decision making, organisational performance and learning.

As a member of the Evaluation and Learning Team, you will play a major role in the delivery of evaluation and learning plans of the Secretariat.

You will be responsible to: ensure high-quality evaluation outputs are developed and communicated; enable strong supportive links between monitoring, evaluation and programme planning and management; and support the Senior Management Committee and programme managers in engaging with evaluation processes and addressing evaluation recommendations.

In collaboration with programme Directorates, the post holder will also ensure that learning opportunities and means are established and maintained, anchoring the engagements around M&E information and evidence on evaluation findings, organisational learning and innovative research.

This includes the planning and delivery of learning events, capacity building workshops and reviews; supporting the development of Secretariat performance and results measurement frameworks; and promoting an evaluative and learning culture within the Secretariat.

To be considered, you will need to have a post-graduate degree in Development Studies, Development Economics, Public Policy, Strategy, Management, International Relations, Public Administration or related social sciences or research discipline.

You will also need to have at least seven years’ international experience of managing programmes and projects; planning and results-based management in an intergovernmental or development context; and at least five years’ experience in managing and conducting evaluations of development interventions.

You will need to have experience of ensuring quality in implementing monitoring actions and evaluations; practical experience of planning, implementing and disseminating results of monitoring and evaluation studies. You will need to be capable of producing evaluation synthesis and coordinating systematic and peer reviews; and have experience in designing, planning and coordinating learning events.

Please refer to the Job Description for a detailed list of responsibilities and experience required for the role.

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.

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.”

Salary: £59,756 per annum + benefits
Location: Central London
Closing date: 04 May 2022, 05:00 PM

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