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Senior Director, Economic, Youth and Sustainable Development Directorate

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 3 January 2020
Contract duration: Three-year contract

£113,000 pa + benefits

The Commonwealth Secretariat seeks to appoint a Senior Director of our Economic, Youth and Sustainable Development (EYSD) Directorate, to provide vision, leadership, and guidance to the Directorate and the Secretariat. The Senior Director will be a Development Economist and ensure that the Directorate continues to be at the forefront of thought leadership, innovation and policy advocacy in economic and social development, reflecting the prioritised needs of member states. S/he will have a clear mandate to forge ever-closer partnerships with stakeholders in the international arena to optimize collaboration, enable the directorate’s work to maximise its scale and impact, and mobilise resources.

As the leader of the Directorate, the Senior Director will manage a diverse team of approximately 60 highly experienced professionals and support staff who deliver specialised knowledge and technical assistance interventions in their respective fields of specialisation to member countries. The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include Senior Management of the Secretariat, Senior Management of the Economic, Youth and Sustainable Development Directorate, and Representation & Advocacy.

To be considered, you will have a PhD in Economic Development or a related field, and at least fifteen years’ experience at a senior management and/or advisory level in a role related to sustainable economic development directing and managing teams of multi-disciplinary professionals in governmental or international organizations. You will also need extensive experience in sustainable development, including substantial experience working in developing countries; leadership experience in developing and delivering complex economic research and policy-development work; a proven track record of people management skills at senior level, including managing senior professionals in areas outside of own area of expertise; 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 3 January 2020, 5:00pm GMT.

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