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2020 Young Professionals Programme (YPP) at The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries. Our member governments have shared goals like development, democracy and peace. It is home to 2.4 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. 32 of our members are small states, including many island nations.

The Commonwealth Secretariat is proud to support youth empowerment through our Young Professionals Programme (YPP). The YPP creates multiple opportunities for talented and qualified young people from across the Commonwealth to contribute to our core work through the transference of technical expertise, innovative ideas, specialist knowledge and fresh perspectives.

Job Specifications:

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Job Brief:

We have an outstanding opportunity for six Assistant Research Officers in the Governance and Peace Directorate (GPD).

Reporting to the Senior Director, the successful candidates will be responsible for providing programme, office and research services, and undertaking academic and practice-orientated research to help understand and explain complex situations and realities in a changing world. They may also be called upon to complete stand-alone and ongoing project work.

Job Description:
  • In-depth research on current legal, governance and political issues as directed by the Senior Director which may affect the world in general and member states in particular;
  • Assisting in reviewing and editing publications, correspondence, contributions, presentations, etc.
  • Assisting in the preparation of internal and external meetings;
  • Keeping a historical diary/records of events in the Directorate;
  • Monitoring the delivery of results against planned outcomes.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Degree in Law or Political Science.
  • High level of discretion and tact in handling sensitive and confidential matters
  • Ability to organise, anticipate, plan and prioritise workload and work under high pressure to tight deadlines.
  • You are also required to have evidence of ability to carry out in-depth research, impeccable English writing skills, lateral thinking and love for innovation.
  • You will be required to provide proof of knowledge in two or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, basic knowledge of artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies and data analysis, economics, law and development, research and writing (advanced level), public international law, financial services, human rights, alternative dispute resolution.
  • You must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country aged 27 years or younger at the date applications close.
  • Applicants who have attained a post-graduate diploma or a relevant master’s degree, at least one year of experience working for a research centre or as a Research Associate and have at least one publication in a reputable peer-reviewed journal and/or OpEd and other publications (evidence of authored publications must be submitted) will have an added advantage.

Salary: £29,070 p.a + benefits    

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Assistant Research Officer, International Trade Policy Section

Job Specifications:

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Job Brief:

If you’re passionate about exploring how trade can drive prosperity or help tackle global crises from climate change to COVID-19, we have an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Research Officer in our International Trade Policy (ITP) Section.

Reporting to the Adviser and Head of Section, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing the ITP Section with technical and administrative support for the delivery of analytical work, the organisation of advocacy meetings and capacity building workshops, and the preparation and documentation of policy work. The post-holder will also undertake policy research and provide support to the team in key areas of the Section’s trade policy work.

Job Description:
  • Assisting the ITP Section with literature reviews, data analysis, information gathering and analytical work on trade and trade-related development issues;
  • Working with the relevant Advisers in conducting analysis on multilateral and regional trade negotiation issues of interest to member countries;
  • Assisting the ITP Section in the preparatory processes for major publication projects and their dissemination;
  • Assisting the Section in preparing analytical and briefing papers on issues of interest, such as multilateral and regional trade negotiations, supply chains, South-South trade, and other trade-related emerging and development issues;
  • Assisting with and conducting other trade-related research as required, and contributing to speeches, presentations and talking points for senior officials.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Degree in Economics, International Trade or related discipline.
  • At least one year of work experience in the areas of Economics or International Trade.
  • You must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country aged 27 years or younger at the date applications close.
  • Candidates who have obtained a relevant post-graduate qualification, and have experience of working on international trade agreements and/or
    the functioning of international trade organisations, such as the World Trade Organization, will have an added advantage.

Salary: £29,070 p.a + benefits    

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidate for “Young Professionals Programme (YPP) at The Commonwealth” should click the button below to apply.

Deadline: July 8, 2020

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