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Governance Officer, London
Job Title: Governance Officer, London
Location: London, UK
Company: Commonwealth Foundation
Job Summary: To serve as main point of contact between the Foundation and external partners and stakeholders.
Job Description: As Governance Officer in the Office of the Directorate, you will serve as a main point of contact between the Foundation and its external partners, including High Commissioners and other stakeholders. This position demands frequent and meaningful interaction with the Director-General, ensuring governance activities align closely with the Foundation’s strategic goals. The Governance Officer liaises with external partners and supports the Director-General to ensure governance activities align with the Foundation’s strategic goals. Working under the direction of the Senior Office Manager (People and Finance), you will bring strong administrative and diplomatic skills. Your main responsibilities will include: Manage communications and correspondence with Governors, High Commissions, and external stakeholders. Keep detailed electronic records of Directorate activities, decisions, and communications. Provide administrative support to the Directorate, including diary management and event coordination. Offer advice on diplomacy and protocol. Organise travel and manage logistics for Directorate engagements. Lead the planning and execution of Board and Committee meetings, handle related scheduling, correspondence, and logistics. Prepare and distribute documents for Board meetings, assisting with minute taking where required. Serve as the contact point for the Foundation’s Civil Society Governors. Assist with the reconciliation of expenses, preparation of financial reminders, and support finance-related tasks. Contribute to HR, office management, and other Directorate responsibilities as needed. Foundation-wide Support: Handle external communications, participate in Foundation-wide initiatives, and contribute to strategic planning and process improvement.
Requirements: We seek an individual with strong administrative experience, preferably in an intergovernmental or diplomatic context. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential, along with the ability to build relationships across the organisation and a commitment to fostering a welcoming, inclusive work environment. The ideal candidate will be discreet, practical, and solution-oriented; exhibiting a strong work ethic, high attention to detail, reliability, independence, and the flexibility to adapt to new challenges and learn new skills.
How to apply: Please apply online via commonwealthfoundation.org. The application requires you to provide a comprehensive CV as well as a motivation letter that clearly addresses the criteria as outlined in the person specification and the competencies framework. You must possess and declare the right to work in the UK at the time of application submission for your application to be considered. Closing date for applications Wednesday 17 April 2024, 1pm BST. Interviews First-round interviews will be online on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May 2024. Second-round interviews will be held in person week beginning Friday 17 May 2024.
Closing Date: 17/04/2024
Additional information: The Commonwealth Foundation is mandated by its Member States to advance the interests of Commonwealth civil society. The Foundation seeks to nurture the growth of vibrant and free societies: championing the active and constructive participation of people in all aspects of governance. Our key focus areas are climate justice, health justice and freedom of expression. Our cross-cutting themes are gender equality, small and vulnerable states and young people.
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