Assistant Research Officer, Governance and Peace Directorate at the Commonwealth


Job Location: Pall Mall, London SW1 | Title:Assistant Research Officer, Governance and Peace Directorate | The Commonwealth

£29,070 p.a + benefits    

*Open to Nigerians

The Commonwealth Secretariat is proud to support 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.

We have an outstanding opportunity for six Assistant Research Officers in the Governance and Peace Directorate (GPD).

Reporting to the Senior Director, the successful candidates will be responsible for providing programme, office and research services, and undertaking academic and practice-orientated research to help understand and explain complex situations and realities in a changing world. They may also be called upon to complete stand-alone and ongoing project work.

Other responsibilities entailed in this role include (but are not limited to):

  • In-depth research on current legal, governance and political issues as directed by the Senior Director which may affect the world in general and member states in particular;
  • Assisting in reviewing and editing publications, correspondence, contributions, presentations, etc.
  • Assisting in the preparation of internal and external meetings;
  • Keeping a historical diary/records of events in the Directorate;
  • Monitoring the delivery of results against planned outcomes.

To be considered you must have a degree in Law or Political Science, a high level of discretion and tact in handling sensitive and confidential matters, an ability to organise, anticipate, plan and prioritise workload and work under high pressure to tight deadlines. You are also required to have evidence of ability to carry out in-depth research, impeccable English writing skills, lateral thinking and love for innovation. You will be required to provide proof of knowledge in two or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, basic knowledge of artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies and data analysis, economics, law and development, research and writing (advanced level), public international law, financial services, human rights, alternative dispute resolution.

Applicants who have attained a post-graduate diploma or a relevant master’s degree, at least one year of experience working for a research centre or as a Research Associate and have at least one publication in a reputable peer-reviewed journal and/or OpEd and other publications (evidence of authored publications must be submitted) will have an added advantage.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 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 aged 27 years or younger at the date applications close.

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

Closing date:

Application Closing Date
01 July 2020, 1700hrs BST

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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