The Commonwealth Foundation

Deputy Director-General

London, SW1Y 5HY
£75,000 to £80,000
13 Jun 2019
12 Jul 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Deputy Director-General


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.

We are a unique, stand-alone organisation established by, funded and reporting to Commonwealth governments.

As the Commonwealth's agency for civil society, we work across the spectrum of civic voices to strengthen their capacity to engage in governance for sustainable development.

We are 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 role

As the Deputy Director-General's second term comes to an end, the Commonwealth Foundation is looking for a senior manager capable of building on success and leading the programmatic and grant-making priorities of the Foundation.

With an annual budget of £3 million, the role has responsibility for the operational management of the Foundation’s programmatic and grant-making priorities.  This includes leading implementation of the strategic direction of work in these areas, overseeing the implementation / application of the Foundation’s RBM processes and ensuring financial resources are utilised efficiently and effectively.

They will work closely with the Director-General in developing and implementing the Foundation’s Strategic Plan and annual work plans in line with its strategic planning cycle, as approved by the Board; ensuring the Foundation is provided with the necessary business planning, programmatic design and implementation, financial security and effective human resource management to develop and maintain its mission and building relationships with key strategic partners and expanding the Foundation’s funding base.

The person

We are looking to encourage applications from experienced senior managers throughout the Commonwealth.  Candidates must be committed to the Foundation’s vision to support civic voices.  The best candidates will have worked in international development with experience in management at a senior level in a multilateral / international development organisation including responsibility for financial management and governance; have wide experience of working in developing country (ies), have the ability to demonstrate knowledge of contemporary approaches to international development issues in a Commonwealth setting; and have extensive experience in designing and managing development programmes and projects in the field of participatory governance and SDG 16.

Commonwealth nationality is essential.

Closing Date: 12 July 2019

Interviews: 2 and 3 September 2019, London

Salary & Key Benefits:

  • £75,000 to £80,000 in UK sterling, gross amount. Based on full time the salary is subject to employee National Insurance contributions and internal tax payments (regardless of nationality).
  • Contract term of two consecutive terms of three years each
  • Full relocation allowances for non UK residents including installation and termination grants and housing allowance for term of contract.
  • 15% of gross salary in a tax free gratuity payment.  This can be used for personal pension scheme.  The monies are available for withdrawal at end of each contract term.
  • Holiday allowance of 30 days (plus 8 bank holidays and 4 privilege days)

How to apply

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Please also refer to the Job Description and Recruitment Pack attached below.

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