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Project Manager - CCEM  (temporary 12 months)

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 30 July 2021

Salary: £39,599 pa + benefits          

We have an excellent opportunity for a Project Manager - CCEM to join our Economic Youth and Sustainable Development Directorate.

This temporary role has been created to support the operational delivery of the 21st Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM). The CCEM is a triennial meeting of Education Ministers which is the main forum for identifying issues and priorities across the Commonwealth, and harmonising national plans with international goals. The project manager is to lead, coordinate and assist with the delivery of the Conference and associated forums and meetings.

The post holder will assist the Commonwealth Secretariat and the government of Kenya in the delivery of the 21st Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers (21CCEM) by organizing and planning the programme, supporting the Education Adviser and the host government. 

The Project Manager, reporting to the Education Adviser will:

  • maintain liaison with the host government, particularly through regular and effective communication; and
  • lead in coordination with representatives of the stakeholder groups: students’, teachers’, higher education leaders’, and civil society organisations for a successful delivery of the parallel forums.
  • Support logistical arrangements, in collaboration with the Conference Officer, such as liaising internally on operational aspects and also externally with conference partners and delegates so as to ensure appropriate logistics are in place for the 21CCEM and associated parallel fora. The post holder will also ensure that arrangements are timeously communicated with the 21CCEM Planning Committee and the Education team.  
  • Manage sponsor, exhibitor, speaker and partner relationships to enhance the profile of the 21CCEM.
  • Oversee procurement processes, including negotiation and establishment of contracts.

Person Specification

To be considered, post graduate degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, such as economics, development studies or social science. Project management certification is desirable.

At least five years of demonstrated work experience in education sector projects and/or programmes as well as in education/social sector high level conference organisation and management (high-profile event). 

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 member governments and provides guidance on policymaking, 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.

This assignment will be over the period 30 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

If you feel that you are suitable for the role, please apply using the buttons below.

The closing date is 30 July 2021, 5 pm BST.

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