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Assistant Secretary to the Governing Boards

Location: London SW1, Pall Mall
Closing date: 22 December 2017

Fee: £59,164 pa + benefits

We have an excellent opportunity for an Assistant Secretary to the Governing Boards to work within the Assistant Secretary-General’s Office.

The Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) supports the Secretary General in strategic, governance, and programme matters, and also works as Secretary to the Governing Boards. The ASG’s office has the delegated authority for managing the Secretariat’s programme portfolio, partnerships and strategic initiatives such as the innovation hub. The ASG supports the Secretary-General in devising strategies, policies and innovative institutional mechanisms and practices to implement the Secretariat’s programme of work as mandated by member governments. It puts together the Strategic and Delivery Plans and ensures programme quality and coherence through monitoring, evaluation, learning and organisational reporting. The ASG’s office also works as the Secretariat for internal and external governance and provides support in convening high level meetings such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Ministerial Meetings and the London-based Governing Boards. It builds and maintains relationship with member states, Commonwealth organisations and external partners and also represents the Secretary-General as and when required.

The successful candidate will support the ASG/Secretary to the Governing Boards to manage the external and internal governance of the Commonwealth Secretariat. Externally, this involves coordination of the Governing Bodies of the Commonwealth, facilitation of the annual Diplomats Induction Programme in conjunction with other Commonwealth organisations, as well as the accreditation and reaccreditation process.

To be considered, you will need a post-graduate degree in international relations, management, development studies, economics, public administration or related field. You will also need at least 7 years working experience in supporting high level meetings; preparation of strategic papers and reports in the corporate sector, national government or in an international/inter-governmental organisation.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 52 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.

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The closing date is 22 December 2017, 5:00pm GMT.

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