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Director, Communications Division

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 31 December 2019
Contract duration: Three-year contract

£108,937 pa + benefits

The Commonwealth Secretariat seeks to appoint a Director for our Communications Division, to provide vision, leadership, and guidance to the Division and the Secretariat. The Commonwealth Secretariat – as an intergovernmental organisation – has particular responsibility for presenting official pan-Commonwealth views and perspectives with impact as well as tact and political sensitivity. The Communications Division is at the forefront of this activity, and has a diversity of target audiences including Commonwealth member governments, the media, specialist groups, young people, and the general public.  The Division undertakes its work mainly through media, public relations and information dissemination activities particularly using contemporary ICT-based communication platforms. The Division has a team of around 16 staff. 

The Director is expected to have strong public diplomacy skills and experience, as well as media expertise. The Commonwealth Secretariat is constantly exploring means to sharpen its impact and to raise the profile of the Commonwealth at large, in which the Communication Division has the primary role under the guidance of the Director. The Director therefore also needs to have strategic creativity and to be innovative.

The Director is expected to provide management and leadership for the Division, and to be ‘hands-on’ in actively advancing communication and public affairs results. This includes the Director’s role as the Commonwealth Secretariat Spokesperson, and speaking publicly on behalf of the Secretary-General at times. 

To be considered, you will have an academic qualification at post-graduate level and/or professional qualifications relevant to communications, public relations and the media, or international relations. At least fifteen years’ experience in a senior managerial role, ten of which must be in international media roles; a proven track record of people management skills at senior level; evidence of a modern, inclusive leadership style with proven skills in motivating and inspiring a diverse team; and a track record of creating, managing, and strengthening a variety of strategic partnerships- externally and internally.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 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.

The closing date is 31 December 2019, 5:00pm GMT.

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