Head and Advisor of Economic Policy and Small States (EPSS)

£88,447 p/a + benefits
London SW1, Pall Mall
Closing date:
22 August 2022, 05:00 PM

The Economic Social and Sustainable Development Directorate is responsible for the Secretariat’s programmes work on global, regional, and national economic issues, both contemporary and emerging, and on small states.

It plays a key role in helping to identify solutions to the economic development problems affecting Commonwealth countries; in achieving an international consensus on these solutions. The Directorate undertakes research and analysis, facilitates dialogue and debate, seeks to build consensus on these issues and solutions within the Commonwealth and within the broader international community with a view of increasing the responsiveness of global institutions to the needs of Commonwealth countries.

Reporting to the Senior Director of the Economic, Social and Sustainable Development Directorate, the Adviser and Head of EPSS Section will lead the development and implementation of the Directorate’s work program covering international economic and financial development, as well as small states issues. The post holder will also lead with organising high-profile Commonwealth dialogues on these issues such as CFMM and CMMSS and will support the political engagement on small states at Ministerial and Heads of Government level. Furthermore, this post leads on the development and management of technical analyses and assistance, capacity building and cooperation with Member States.

Task Description

Be responsible for managing the Commonwealth’s policy work on financing for development and the global development architecture, including programmes on resilience building in small states with a strong focus on promoting and achieving effective Results Based Management. Areas of policy focus include global macroeconomic developments; post-2015 development framework; building the resilience of small states and the G20 development agenda; among others.

Monitor, analyse and evaluate developments in the global economy and global development architecture with a view to identifying new opportunities and ensuring that the work programme is responsive to global developments.

Ensure effective management of the Section which includes the line management of a team of Advisers and overall management of a team of professional staff and researchers; preparation of the section’s work programme and inputs to the strategic plan; and effective budget and financial management.

Provide policy advice and support to senior management of the Secretariat and to government officials at a senior level.

Person Specification


Required: A Post-Graduate degree in Economics or a relevant Post-Graduate degree with strong Economics competency.

Desirable: A PhD in Economics.


Required: Proven extensive expertise in international development and international finance and/or economics. Experience of at least 10 years in economic analysis and policy formulation (especially monetary, financial and macro-economic issues at the national and international level).

Demonstrable track record of international or regional publications on Economic and development issues with extensive experience of working in (or on) developing countries. Demonstrable experience in managing staff & resources as well as demonstrable track record of project and programme management.

Experience of providing pro-active, high-level advice and support to senior officials in an international organisation.

Experience of developing strategic partnerships toward advancing sustainable development in Commonwealth member countries.

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

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 and have the right to live and work in the UK.

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