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Deputy Head of Unit, Countering Violent Extremism

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 23 October 2017

Fee: £72,447pa+ benefits   

Location: London SW1, Pall Mall

The Deputy Head of Unit, Countering violent Extremism (CVE) supports the Head of Unit in line with the mandate given by Heads of Government at CHOGM 2015 and reporting to the Steering Group chaired by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, and will pull together relevant strands of work from across all Commonwealth bodies, sharing best practice, ensuring a cohesive, effective approach, and that Commonwealth efforts on CVE complement rather than duplicate each other. 

The post-holder will develop new projects, as directed; advise Commonwealth countries on conducting needs assessments and proactively determining how the Commonwealth CVE Unit can help members to implement existing national action plans/develop new ones; manage and ensure the effective communication and dissemination of outputs and outcomes of the work programmes; prepare, edit, co-ordinate and disseminate policy papers, briefs and other relevant documentations; promote the Unit’s expertise and benefits to member states; support the relationship with donor countries and the CVE steering group; promote and strengthen networks and collaboration between partners; represent the Secretariat externally and contribute to strategic partnerships with the relevant regional organisations, governments, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions; and undertake official travel abroad.

To succeed in this role, it would be beneficial to have a relevant graduate qualification in international relations, social sciences or related disciplines. You will need to have at least seven years of CVE experience of developing policies and programmes that raise awareness, capacity, and commitment to CVE. Knowledge and expertise in violent extremism, excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrable influencing and negotiating skills with multi-level stakeholders and experience of working at a middle-management level in a multilateral environment/with a range of countries but within an institutional framework are essential. An understanding of the Commonwealth and the Secretariat, and an understanding of the role and work of United Nations Counter Terrorism/CVE entities, the Global Counter Terrorism Forum, and other key CT/CVE bodies are desirable.

You must be able to operate effectively in our multi-cultural setting and be a national of a Commonwealth country.

We are the inter-governmental body of the Commonwealth, comprising 52 sovereign states. Our aim is to provide sustainable and people-centered democratic culture and development through professional advice, transfer of best practice, and the enhancement of skills and knowledge, all to the betterment of over two billion citizens. Our efforts are concentrated where we have a clear advantage to add global value. 

The closing date for this position is 23 October 2017 at 17:00 BST

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