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Budget and Operations Officer
Job Title: Budget and Operations Officer
Location: London, UK
Company: Commonwealth Secretariat
Job Summary: Responsible for providing operational and administrative support to the directorate.
Job Description: We have an excellent opportunity for a Budget and Operations Officer within our Governance and Peace Directorate (GPD). Working directly under the Assistant Secretary-General, the successful candidate will support the leadership team of the GPD and will be responsible for providing operational and administrative support to the directorate. This will include the preparation of budgets; financial management, monitoring, analysis and reporting; coordination of the risk register, programme reports, evaluation and talking points. Other responsibilities entailed in this role include (but are not limited to): Acting as the directorate lead in the coordination and monitoring of annual plans, ensuring alignment to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Four-year Strategic Plan; Providing support to the Assistant Secretary-General and the Section Heads in relation to all aspects of programme and project administration, in line with best practice and Secretariat policies and processes; Working closely with the Assistant Secretary-General, Section Heads and Finance to administer the directorate budget management function. This will include preparing the annual budget for review by the Assistant Secretary-General, reconciling programme expenditure with budgets, budget monitoring, commitment control, and advising the Assistant Secretary-General, Section Heads and other relevant departments of the directorate on over or underspend in relation to staff and programme budgets; Producing regular and ad hoc reports and briefings in a timely and accurate fashion to Senior Managers to inform their decision making on any aspect of project activity and progress; Line management of the Programme Assistants and providing support in the delivery of their work; Assuming lead responsibility for office management, and managing and coordinating administrative and logistical arrangements for conferences/meetings. The post-holder will be required to provide logistical support at both local and international meetings/conferences.
Requirements: To be considered, you must hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as Finance, Accounting, Project Management, Business or Strategy. You will also need at least five years’ multi-function experience in a mid-level administrative role, supporting a programme or a business team within a government, intergovernmental or international NGO organisation. Candidates with experience of working in developing countries and/or field-based development and those who hold a post-graduate qualification in a field such as Finance, Accounting, Project Management, Public Administration, Human Resources will have an added advantage.
How to apply: Please apply via https://thecommonwealth.org/jobs/budget-and-operations-officer To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country. 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: 07/03/2023
Additional information: The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 56 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.
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