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Applications now closed: Senior Programme Officer, Knowledge and Learning (Maternity Cover)


The Commonwealth 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 Foundation is dedicated to strengthening people’s participation in all aspects of public dialogue, to act together and learn from each other to build democratic societies.

Ultimately, the Foundation seeks to ensure that policy and government institutions are more effective contributors to development through the influence of civic voices.

The area of work

The purpose of this role is to support the implementation of the Learning and Communications programme in close collaboration with the Programme Manager, Knowledge, Learning & Communications and the Programme Officer, Communications. This position is responsible for knowledge management within the Foundation and champions a learning, collaborative and outcome-driven performance culture, both within the organisation and with partners.

The duration of contract

This role will commence in January 2018, with a short handover period with the current incumbent.  The duration of the contract is likely to be between 9 months to 12 months, exact dates will be confirmed at interview stage.

The role

Works with the Programme Manager, Knowledge, Learning and Communications to harvest and analyse learning from programme and project outcomes to drive programme accountability, synergy and quality. The role will be responsible for producing periodic reports and other documentation for relevant audiences – both external and internal.

The person

The successful candidate will have experience of working in developing country(ies)and an understanding of international development issues. You will have excellent project management skills and a sound understanding and experience of applying monitoring, assessment and learning methodologies.  You will have extensive experience in the field of Knowledge Management.   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 27 November 2017, midday (UK time)


Week commencing Monday 27 November 2017

Salary & Key Benefits:

  • Salary – £35,000pa. This will be pro rata to the length of the contract
  • 15% of monthly gross salary paid in a tax free gratuity payment, payable at end of contract
  • Fixed term contract to cover maternity leave – 9 to 12 month duration
  • Holiday allowance of 22.5 days to 30 days (dependent on length of contract) plus bank holiday and privilege days that fall within the contract period
  • Some international travel maybe required, though is not guaranteed


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.