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Assistant Research Officer Young Professionals Programme

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 4 August 2017
Salary: £28,500 

The Commonwealth Secretariat is proud to be supporting 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.

The Commonwealth Secretariat delivers the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), working with Commonwealth member governments, youth leaders and youth work professionals to develop and implement policy and programmes for the empowerment of young people.  The CYP focuses on areas of major political, economic and social importance to young people, based on mandates received from Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings and the Commonwealth Secretariat Strategic Plan.  This includes a focus on Sport for Development and Peace.

The Assistant Research Officer will be responsible for providing technical and administrative support for the thought leadership aspect of YTH’s work, including pan-Commonwealth youth research and policy development.  He/she will work under the supervision of the CYP Head of Research and Policy, and in collaboration with the CYP Youth Programmes Section and Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) Section.

To be considered for this role you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country aged 27 years or younger at the time applications close, and possess a strong bachelor degree or equivalent, with a significant research component, in a relevant discipline such as sociology, public policy, international development or other related disciplines. You will have at least one year of demonstrated work experience in contributing to the design and delivery of research projects.  The experience may be gained through a combination of paid employment, volunteer, placement or internship positions. Sound and demonstrated knowledge of youth and/or social development, and experience in stakeholder management are also required.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 52 member governments and provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries.  We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.

To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

If you feel that you are suitable for the role, please apply using the buttons below.

The closing date is 4 August 2017, 5:00 pm BST. 

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