Job Title: Adviser and Head, Electoral Support Section
Organisation: The Commonwealth Secretariat
Location: London, UK
Closing Date: 4 December 2020
Salary: £88,447 p.a. + benefits
Contract Type: Not Stated
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? No - applicant must be a Commonwealth citizen
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 promoting democracy, development and respect for diversity.
The Governance and Peace Directorate (GPD)is the lead directorate in the Secretariat’s high-profile programme for the promotion of democracy and good governance in the Commonwealth. Its work ranges from monitoring and analysis of political developments and the preparation of briefings, to the organisation of election observation and the provision of technical assistance. The directorate works closely with the Secretary-General, providing her with advice and support on all political issues, and particularly in her Good Offices role. The work is often of great sensitivity and to demanding time-frames.
GPD is also responsible for organising and servicing the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM), the annual Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting (CFAMM) and meetings of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG).
Reporting to the Senior Director GPD, the Adviser and Head of the Electoral Support Section will lead the directorate’s work programme to promote democratic values, practices and institutions in the Commonwealth. The job combines requirements for sound political judgement and sensitivity, effective management skills,organisational ability and the requirement to travel overseas well, sometimes in challenging circumstances.
Role and Responsibilities
Implement the Directorate’s democracy programmes by:
monitoring and analysing the political developments relating to the promotion of democratic values, practices and institutions in the Commonwealth;
supervising the planning for, execution of and follow-up to Commonwealth election observer missions;
oversight of the operations of the Commonwealth Electoral Network;
organisation of national democracy workshops when warranted;responding to requests for short-term democracy experts;
preparing speeches, policy papers and briefing materials for the Secretary-General and other senior Secretariat officials on the strengthening of democracy in the Commonwealth, both for bilateral consultations as well as in the context of regional and international meetings, and to co-ordinate and integrate the contribution of other divisions into these documents;
supporting the Secretary-General’s good offices role, including personal involvement in mediation and good offices as required;
Adhere to the Gender Equality values of the Commonwealth as enshrined in the Charter and Secretariat’s Gender Equality Policy; and
Perform any other duties that may be required from time to time
Co-ordinate the Commonwealth Secretariat’s broader activities in the promotion and observation of free and fair elections and the wider advancement of democracy by:
advising and supporting the Secretary-General and other senior Secretariat officials and to develop proposals for the future development of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s work to promote democracy;
supporting relevant Commonwealth meetings organised by PAD, including those of Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers and the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group;
supporting meetings of the Secretary-General and other senior officials with heads of government, ministers and high level officials from Commonwealth countries, and following up decisions taken;
Manage the Democracy Section by:
undertaking duties such as planning, budgeting, performance reporting and evaluation;
dealing with human resource and establishment matters;
Represent the Secretariat externally by:
participating in meetings of intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations active in the field of promoting democracy, as well as seminars, colloquia and workshops as required,to promote the Commonwealth;
carrying out public speaking engagements when required;
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
A post graduate degree or other advanced,post graduate qualification in a relevant subject,such as political science or international relations
Ten years’ experience in the promotion of democracy and democratic assistance.
Experience in an international context in managing and leading a diverse team involved in election management and/or observation
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