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Senior Programme Officer, Knowledge and Learning

The role

This is an opportunity to join our small, London-based team, with a truly global remit. The Senior Programme Officer, Knowledge and Learning covers a key element of the Foundation’s work by supporting the implementation of the Learning and Communication Strategy. This position champions and supports the integration of monitoring evaluation and learning (MEL). The role is integral to fostering and sustaining an outcome-driven performance culture within the organisation and with our partners. As such international travel is required.

The organisation

The Commonwealth Foundation is the Commonwealth’s agency for civil society. We support people’s participation in democracy and development. We are an international organisation established by Heads of Government in support of the belief that the Commonwealth is as much an association of peoples as it is of governments. The Foundation is a unique, stand-alone organisation established by, funded by, and reporting to governments.

The Foundation supports civil society led projects designed to advance participatory governance. Through grant making and capacity development work in partnership, the Foundation selects and works with partners that take an innovative approach to strengthening the ability of civic voices to engage with governance institutions and influence public discourse towards more participatory governance systems. Ultimately, the Foundation seeks to ensure that policy and government institutions are more effective contributors to development through the influence of civil society.

The person

The successful candidate will have experience of working in the field of monitoring and evaluation as well as knowledge management. You will have an excellent understanding of monitoring and evaluation techniques, with a good understanding of civil society organisations. You will ideally have had experience of working outside the UK, in the Global South. You will have a sound understanding of international development issues. You will be a self-starter who is able to prioritise your own workload and multi task as required. You will have excellent IT skills along with a can-do attitude.

Closing date:

Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 1pm GMT


Commencing the week of Monday 9 December 2019 (a two stage process)

Salary and key benefits:

  • In the region of £35,000 to £37,000 pa
  • 15% of gross salary in a tax free gratuity payment. This can be used for personal pension scheme. The first year’s salary would give an additional £5,550. The monies are available for withdrawal every three years
  • Holiday allowance of 30 days (plus eight bank holidays and four privilege days)
  • International travel.

Right to work

Under UK employment law you must have the right to live in the UK either by having a nationality from a qualifying member country of the European Union or by possessing an appropriate visa.  The Foundation is unable to sponsor any visa applications, so this must be in place at the time of applying. Please do not apply if you do not have the correct visa. 

More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/eu-eea and https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration. Commonwealth citizens who do not possess an appropriate visa, in line with UK legislation, do not have an automatic right to work in the UK.

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Deadline for applications
3 December 2019 1pm BST

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