Job Title: Public Affairs Adviser to the Secretary-General
Organisation: The Commonwealth Secretariat
Location: London, United Kingdom
Closing Date: 23 November 2020
Salary: £73,171 per annum + benefits
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Not Stated
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The Commonwealth Secretariat seeks to appoint a Public Affairs Adviser within the office of the Secretary-General. The post-holder will formulate and advise the Secretary-General on the implementation of public relations strategies in order to provide exposure across the Commonwealth to the Secretary-General’s work.
The role also entails supporting the Secretariat’s communications strategy through developing and implementing complementary initiatives involving the Secretary-General personally. This includes identifying and overseeing the Secretary-General’s participation in selected public events, and also leading in producing editorial outputs such as draft speeches, public statements and other contributions to publications and print media.
Role and Responsibilities
Full breakdown of role and responsibilities in the attached job description.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
Post-graduate University degree or qualification, preferably in English Literature, History or Law.
Ten years post qualification experience.
Experience of writing clear, concise and persuasive copy for a range of audiences and in variety of formats including draft reports, speeches and briefing.
Excellent knowledge of legislative and political process/workings of government combined with proven experience of successful networking, negotiation and influencing skills and ability to build effective and sustainable partnerships to achieve shared aims.
Working knowledge of the Commonwealth or related international organisation and experience in dealing with international Law/Affairs.
Demonstrable experience in covering political, parliamentary, legal, social or economic issues; appreciation and knowledge of international and or diplomatic issues;
Strategic thinker and content planner, adept at managing deadlines and producing measurable outcomes
Excellent communication skills
Political sensitivity and a demonstrable ability to recognise, influence and manage the communications and public relations consequences of sensitive issues;
Effective at managing projects, you will possess strong communication skills with the ability to communicate complex issues and develop innovative ways of communicating.
Ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment, adept at managing organisational change.
Proven research skills
Persuasive and diplomatic manner to build clear, evidence-based arguments about complex issues to promote particular viewpoints
Collaborative working style, happy to work with others to achieve agreed objectives
Resilience and calmness under pressure
Passionate about quality