Youth Officer

£49,717 per annum
Central London
Closing date:
01 July 2022, 05:00 PM

We have an excellent opportunity for a Youth Officer 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 postholder will provide professional technical, research, operational and administrative assistance to the Youth team of the Social Policy Development Section, and be responsible for supporting the policy and programming processes. The Youth Officer will be required to develop effective working relationships with member countries and other key stakeholders specifically to support the delivery of the Secretariat’s Youth development programme.

Responsibilities encompassed in this role include contributing to the Youth strategic direction and operational planning; participating in the analysis of youth development issues; researching and reporting on development trends; providing technical input to the design and delivery of programme activity; liaising and partnering with key stakeholders; coordinating partnerships; representing the work social policy team at international and other meetings; contributing to the preparation of various written reports; supporting the formulation of national policies and programmes; organising expert group meetings and seminars; monitoring; and carrying out programmatic/administrative tasks.

To be considered, you need to have a post graduate degree in Youth Development, Social Policy, Public Policy, Development Studies, Business Administration or a related Social Science discipline, and at least five 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 experience in policy development within other intergovernmental organisations; knowledge of cutting edge youth development research and/or projects/policy work; sound understanding of project design; strong communication and inter-personal skills, public relations, institutional relationships building experience; good IT skills; a sound understanding of government operations within developing country settings; and full familiarity with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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.