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Programme Officer, Commonwealth Writers (Closed for Applications)


Commonwealth Writers aims to strengthen civic voice and shape public discourse through creative expression by less heard voices. The purpose of this role is to manage projects that fit within this social change sphere.

Commonwealth Writers is a cultural programme within the Commonwealth Foundation.  The Foundation is 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.  It is the Commonwealth agency for civil society; a unique, stand-alone organisation established by, funded and reporting to governments.

The area of work and role

This role will have responsibility for several projects, often dealing with individuals as opposed to large organisations.

The three main areas of the programme are: Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Craft Development and Transformative Spaces, which include meetings, conferences, literary and film festivals.

Under these areas key tasks include supporting narratives from storytellers outside the mainstream and promoting them on Commonwealth Writers and other platforms, which include electronic and printed publications.

Communications, including social media, and the administration of the Writer’s website will provide a substantial portion of this role.

The person

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the international literary scene. You will possess excellent project management skills. You will have excellent communication skills, with attention to detail and be a self-starter who is able to prioritise your own workload and multi task as required.  Experience in the use of online platforms including web and social media in order to expand audience engagement is essential.   Experience of working within the area of communications would be an advantage. The use of Results Based Management would also be an advantage.

Under UK immigration law you must have the right to work 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 for this role.

Closing Date:  

Friday 26 January 2018, midday (UK time)


Week of 12 February 2018

Salary & Key Benefits:

  • Salary – £30,000 per annum
  • 15% of monthly gross salary paid in a tax free gratuity payment, payable at end of contract
  • Holiday allowance of 30 days plus bank holiday and privilege
  • Some international travel maybe required, though is not guaranteed


Closed for Applications