Adviser - Youth

£73,171 per annum
Central London
Closing date:
01 July 2022, 05:00 PM

We have an excellent opportunity for an Adviser to join the Youth section within our Economic, Youth and Sustainable Development (EYSD) Directorate.

The objective and focus of the Youth team which forms part of the Social Policy Development Section, is to support member states through policy analysis and development, regulatory frameworks and systems for strengthening of polices, bridging the gaps between policy formulation and implementation. The Commonwealth Youth Programme manages and coordinates youth engagement and empowerment of young people within an enabling environment for young people with a particular focus on young people from marginalised or vulnerable communities

The Adviser will be responsible for taking forward the development of the Unit’s work in a number of key areas in the context of a Results-Based Management (RBM) framework. He/she will ensure that delivery reflects the mandates from Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM), Commonwealth Youth Council, and Conference of Youth Ministers (CYMM), building upon the comparative advantage of the Secretariat. This will be achieved by enhancing the positive impact of social development and strengthening national policies and frameworks for improved outcomes for young people in the Commonwealth. Essential to this work will be the strengthening of collaboration within the Unit, the Secretariat and beyond. 

The postholder will be responsible for programme implementation. research and comparative analysis, and networking and knowledge exchange and management through “Knowledge Hubs”.

To be considered, you need to have a post-graduate degree in Youth Development, Social Policy, Public Policy, Development Studies or a related Social Science discipline, and at least ten years’ relevant work experience in/with international development organisations, particularly in the areas of youth, public policy development or social development. 

You will also need substantive knowledge of strengthening systems, structures, policies and frameworks progressing the youth agenda; experience in quantitative and qualitative research and managing professionals and consultants; experience of working (in a youth-related role) for, or with the government sector, donor agencies, multilateral or intergovernmental organisations; experience of writing briefings, policy briefs, research papers and editing publications for large audiences; and successful experience of working in the youth sector in a developing country, ideally in the Commonwealth.

Experience of representative work with senior government officials and Ministers planning and managing high profile events; proven capacity to network and build effective partnerships and work collaboratively; and experience in managing project teams and other stakeholders is also required.

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.

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.