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Public Affairs and Legal Research Officer – Secretary-General’s Office

Location: Pall Mall, London SW1
Closing date: 26 September 2017

Salary: £38,823 pa + benefits

We have an excellent opportunity for a Public Affairs and Legal Research Officer to work within the Secretary-General’s Office.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, as the Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Secretariat, is responsible for its executive direction and management. She also interacts regularly and widely with a large number of constituencies. In carrying out these duties, the Secretary-General relies on the availability of support and assistance within her own executive office on public affairs, and on legal matters concerning governance, contractual and human resource issues in the context of an organisation under international administrative law.

The successful candidate will assist the Secretary-General’s Chief of Staff, Legal Counsel and the Public Affairs Adviser to the Secretary-General in preparing position papers, briefing notes and talking points for the Secretary-General, writing up minutes and other records, responding to external correspondence, preparing initial drafts of speeches and public statements, and preparing initial drafts for contributions to publications including print and social media. These responsibilities entail undertaking research and collaborating with colleagues throughout the Secretariat to develop proposals for policies and analysis relating to the provision of legal advice.

To be considered, you will need a degree in law from a recognised university and experience of conducting research and preparing analysis on diverse legal issues, of drafting various legal documents and an understanding of international, employment and contract law.

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 and have the right to live and work in the UK.

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

The closing date for this position is 26 September 2017 at 17:00 BST.

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