Adviser and Head, Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda Section

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 July 2020

Job Description

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 18 August 2020

£88,447 p.a + benefits

We have an outstanding opportunity for an Adviser and Head, Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda, in our Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate.

The successful candidate, operating within the framework of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Strategic Plan, and the Directorate’s delivery plans and priorities, will lead and manage the team on the Connectivity Agenda, focusing on the needs of small, vulnerable and least developed members.

S/he will also lead and manage the Connectivity Agenda Section to deliver the Trade Ministers Meeting, obtain buy-in from key government stakeholders from across the Commonwealth, and ensure that the Commonwealth forges a niche in a crowded global trade and investment landscape.

To be considered, you will need to have a post-graduate degree with a specialisation in international trade or other relevant discipline, and at least ten years’ international, direct experience in developing, negotiating and implementing trade and/or investment frameworks.

Also required is public sector experience implementing multi-country connectivity frameworks, gained at a national and international level, and experience in managing staff and resources. Candidates who have experience in servicing inter-governmental meetings will have an added advantage.

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.

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.

Closing date: 18 August 2020, 1700HRS BST

About the Organization

The Commonwealth Secretariat is the principal intergovernmental body of the Commonwealth, responsible for advancing and achieving the shared goals of the association’s 54 member governments in advancing democracy, development and respect for diversity. The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General who, as the Chief Executive of the organisation, is responsible and accountable for overall leadership, management and delivery.

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