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Applications now closed: Senior Programme Officer, Gender & Participatory Governance


The Commonwealth Foundation is a development organisation with an international remit and reach, uniquely situated at the interface between government and civil society.

The Foundation supports civil voices, so that it can engage in policy processes more effectively. This means supporting organisations, networks, and collectives to develop, articulate and progress an agenda and then to identify and utilize the spaces available in governance structures.

The area of work

The Foundation facilitates the design and implementation of initiatives that promote constructive engagement between civil voices and governance institutions (global, regional and national, in the Commonwealth and beyond). For the strategy period of 2017-2021, one of the main programmes of the Foundation is Participatory Governance and Gender. The Commonwealth Foundation will focus on strengthening civic voice, promoting constructive engagement in policy processes, enhancing capacities to address gender disparities, and foster learning.  The Participatory Governance & Gender (PGG) team will consist of a Manager, two Senior Programme Officers (SPOs) and one Intern. The roles of the two SPOs are detailed below. Both will have a Participatory Governance focus and Gender focus; however, one will lead more on the Gender side.

The role

This position is responsible for supporting the capacity development programme of the Foundation on participatory governance and the integration of gender in all areas of the Foundation’s work, which includes gender and its intersectionality.

The person

The successful candidate will have extensive experience in gender integration and women’s empowerment in international development. The successful candidate will have worked in developing country(ies) and developed an understanding of the sensitivities of cross cultural work and have a good knowledge of international development issues.  You will have excellent project management skills and a sound understanding of monitoring and evaluation methodologies using results based management. You will possess a good understanding of civil society organisations and the field of participatory governance with experience of working with networks and proven record of working with networks in cross cultural settings. Extensive experience in the design and delivery of capacity development methodologies and tools in the context of open system model. Field experience in this area an asset. You will have excellent organisational skills, with attention to detail and be a self-starter who is able to prioritise your own workload and multi task as required.

Closing Date:  

Monday 28 August 2017, midnight UK time


Week of 4 September 2017

Salary & Key Benefits:

  • In the region of £35,000 to £37,000pa
  • 15% of gross salary in a tax free gratuity payment. This can be used for personal pension scheme.  The monies are available for withdrawal every 3 years
  • Holiday allowance of 30 days (plus 8 bank holidays and 4 privilege days)


Applications must be accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter. Find a full job description below. Note that legislation changes for paid work mean that applicants must have right to work and live in the UK.

N.B. As the Senior Programme Officer, Gender and Participatory Governance and Senior Programme Officer, Participatory Governance some similar specifications, applicants who wish to do so are permitted to apply to both roles using the same Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter. Please indicate if this is your intention by selecting both check boxes in the application form.