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Director Economic, Social and Sustainable Development Directorate

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 3 October 2017

Salary: £107,858 gross pa + benefits

With a proven track record of operating at the senior management level, extensive experience in sustainable economic development; policy making; and managing multi-disciplinary professionals in a governmental or international organisation, you are ready to lead our Economic, Social and Sustainable Development Directorate.

The Economic, Social and Sustainable Development (ESSD) Directorate is responsible for the Secretariat’s programmes work on global, regional, and national economic issues, both contemporary and emerging, and on small states and climate change. The Directorate plays a key role in helping to identify solutions to economic development challenges encountered by Commonwealth member countries through analytical and diagnostic work and the promotion of evidence-based policy options. Its approach emphasises country ownership and engagement by delivering technical assistance on a demand-driven basis. The Directorate has excelled in particular in its work related to sovereign debt management, climate finance, resilience and vulnerability of small states and youth and social development.

You will have responsibility for: providing vision, leadership, and guidance to the Directorate, the Secretariat, the Commonwealth member states, and partners globally; playing a leading role in shaping Secretariat strategies and policies, as well as those of the Directorate; and driving thought leadership and innovation in economic development and policy advocacy, reflecting the prioritised needs of member states.

To be considered, you will need a Post-graduate degree in Economics or a related field of study with a strong research element from a reputable institution. You will also need extensive experience in sustainable development, including substantial experience working in developing countries; prior field-based experience and/or expertise in small states will be an asset. Experience in representation and advocacy that is aligned with the strategy and work of the Commonwealth Secretariat is also a requirement.

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.

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The closing date for this post is 3 October 2017, 5:00pm BST. 

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