Commonwealth Secretariat Young Professionals Programme 2017 Job Opening – London (£28,500 pa + Benefits)

Application Deadline: 1st August 2017

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date:

£28,500 pa gross

2 year fixed-term contract.

The Commonwealth Secretariat is proud to be supporting youth empowerment through its  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.

Young professionals (YPs) are based at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, taking up two-year positions in areas of work such as economic policy, human resources and youth. During the two-year period, they provide technical and administrative support to programmes and operations.

In addition to living in one of the world’s leading cities, YPs benefit from a structured programme of professional development and mentoring, working with high-level decision-makers and technical experts.

The Assistant Communications Officer role sits within the Communications Division and is focused on providing it with technical and administrative support.


  • £28,500 per annum gross, subject to deductions of National Insurance contributions and Commonwealth Secretariat internal income tax paid at UK income tax rates. This salary is fully inclusive. Salary is payable monthly on or after 25th of each month into a bank account
  • Medical and Dental Coverage
The Secretariat provides non-contributory private healthcare and dental cover for all London-based employees and eligible London based dependents of employees. The cover is subject to underwriting conditions and supplements the UK National Health Service provisions.
  • Subject to funding, the Secretariat may put in place various insurance schemes for its employees. Where such policies are in place, they shall be subject to the conditions of the underwriters and may change from time to time.


  • To be considered for this opportunity, you must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional journalistic, media or political experience.
  • A master’s degree is desirable but not essential.
  • You will have worked in a recognised national broadcast, print or digital newsroom for a minimum of two years
Essential criteria:
  • A minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional journalistic, media or press office experience

Desirable criteria:

  • A master’s degree Knowledge & experience:
Essential criteria :
  • Has worked in a recognised national broadcast, print or digital newsroom or press office for a minimum of two years
  • Has experience of working in one or more of their country’s national political partiesor governments or been a political or lobby reporter or correspondent
  • Has used content management systems to upload digital content or willing to be trained
  •  Can photograph, video and edit basic films
  • Has proven experience of placing stories in regional, national and international media
  • Has media contacts to market and place stories and enhance the reputation and brand of the Secretariat
  • Has experience of dealing with communications crises
Desirable criteria:
  • Has specialist knowledge of Africa and/or Asia
  • Has experience of writing speeches for internal and external stakeholders
  • Has experience of coaching internal and external stakeholders in media and public appearances

The Commonwealth Secretariat is the inter-governmental body of the Commonwealth, comprising 52 independent sovereign states. The aim is to provide sustainable and people-centred development through professional advice, transfer of best practice and the enhancement of skills and knowledge. Here you will be making a valued contribution to the wellbeing of 2.4 billion citizens, 60% of whom are under 30 years of age.

If you are keen to gain excellent experience with us, and can thrive in our multi-cultural environment, we look forward to hearing from you.

The job description and person specification detail information on the division/unit, and
the educational qualifications, experience and competencies required for the post. A
summary of the terms and conditions for this post is also made available to you.
  • You must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country aged 27 years or under at the time the applications close. You will be required to provide evidence of this if you are shortlisted for the post.
  • It is the Commonwealth Secretariat’s policy not to employ close relatives of current members of staff.
  • All appointments are subject to satisfactory references. You will be required to provide details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer, ensuring that you account for at least one year of your employment history in your application, and the other from an employer prior to your most recent role or an academic reference. Referees should not be related to you and should be able to give an assessment of your professional abilities as well as your character. The secretariat reserves the right to take up all references including the current employers during the selection process.
  • You will be required to produce evidence of any educational and professional qualifications to support your application on the day of your interview.
  • Salary on appointment is £28,500 per annum. This is subject to the deduction of internal income tax (currently aligned with UK income tax rates) and UK National Insurance contributions (from which overseas- recruited Diplomatic staff members are exempt)

Application Procedure

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Commonwealth Secretariat Young Professionals Programme 2017 Positions


  1. My name is Bikila Boja from Ethiopia and I have first university degree in Economics and I have 5 years work expérience. It is my pleasure ,If you give me the chance of scholarship in your university having in yo my acadamic level and expérience I have. Thanks,please call Me by 0910108679 or email [email protected]

  2. Am so happy this opportunity came. But please I wish to ask. If you have not yet had a bachelor’s degree but want to work and I know I can do the job, is they any hope for me? I will be very thankful if I can get a job. 8 am a Cameroonian and I am 23years old. Thanks for listening to my plead. Thanks.

  3. Comment:My name is Charity Mutete from Zimbabwe l hold a Bsc Honours in Psychology.l speak and write English fluently. l am looking for an opportunity for an internship or fellowship abroad.l have worked before in a Non governmental organization. my email is [email protected]


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