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Apply! Assistant Programme Officer, Youth Division

Application Deadline: 28th January 2015 at 17:00 GMT
Location: London, UK
£28,500 pa + benefits

The Commonwealth Secretariat are proud to be supporting youth empowerment through our newly created 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 Assistant Programme Officer role sit within the Youth Division (YTH) and is focused on providing technical and administrative support to the Director. Responsibilities will include contributing to strategic and technical youth development programmes and special projects, and ensuring the smooth running of the Director’s office.


To be considered for this role you must be;
1. a citizen of a Commonwealth country
2. aged 27 years or younger at the time applications close,
3. possess a Bachelor degree or equivalent in youth development, social sciences or international development.
4. You will have at least one year of work experience in the design and delivery of youth development and/or youth-led development programmes and demonstrable experience in stakeholder management.

If you are keen to gain excellent experience in one of the world’s most high-profile youth development programmes and can thrive in our multi-cultural environment, we look forward to hearing from you.

We will accept a maximum of three (3) applications for YPP roles from each candidate.

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Apply! 2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work

Youth Award Winners 2013

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Youth Development Work. The annual awards recognise the invaluable contribution of young people to development, in community, national and global contexts. Part of the Commonwealth Youth Programme, the awards provide a platform to showcase and expand the work of outstanding young people across the 53-nation Commonwealth community.

Past winners have brought their talents and commitment to powerful ventures such as environmental waste management, solar energy in remote villages, online education communities, and youth leadership.

Nominations for 2015 should demonstrate how a young person’s work, whether professional or voluntary, has helped to promote a development goal, such as empowerment of marginalised groups, education for all, peace, democracy, human rights, health, sport and culture, or protection of the environment.   Four finalists from each region (Asia, Africa & Europe, Caribbean & Americas, and Pacific) will be selected, and from these sixteen finalists, one from each region will receive a regional Commonwealth Youth Award.

Each finalist and winner will receive a cash prize, and the regional winners will also travel to London in Commonwealth Week in March 2015, where the overall pan-Commonwealth Commonwealth Youth Award winner will be announced.

Deadline: 30 October 2014.

Click to download the application form.

For more information,visit: Your Commonwealth




Call for Applications: The Queen’s Young Leaders International Advisory Panel Members

The Royal Commonwealth Society and its partners the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Comic Relief are looking for up to 12 young adults aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth to join our Advisory Panel!

This is a one-year voluntary placement (October 2014 to September 2015) that is home-based but will include one international meeting in mid November, probably held in London, as well as virtual meetings. As a panel member you will contribute meaningfully to the decision-making processes of the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Programme by advising on how best to achieve the goals and outcomes on the programme. You will ensure that the development and delivery of the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Programme is of the highest possible quality by representing the views and interests of young people. One of the main roles is to short-list by reading, assessing and commenting on applications for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards and Grants. Panel members will receive training and support in their role as well as gaining vital experience at board level.

For this role as a panel member you will be articulate and willing to get involved and have sufficient time to give for the role. We are ideally looking for people who have already had some previous committee or board experience, and we require panel members to have excellent relationship building skills and previous experience working or being involved in at least one of the Programme’s priority areas: youth-led social action, youth voice and participation, youth employment and enterprise. The working language will be English. You must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country. We are looking to recruit volunteer members from all regions of the Commonwealth.

Please follow the link for a pdf Job Description and more information. If you are interested in applying for this position please send a CV (2 sides of A4 paper maximum) and either a covering letter (400 words) or a URL link to a short 90 second video to quoting ref: CR1471 QYLY Panel Member in the subject line. Your application needs to outline your relevant experience and suitability for this role as well as clearly stating your nationality and date of birth and providing 2 referees.

The deadline for applications  is 5:00pm (GMT) on Monday 18th August 2014.
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Call for Nominations: Commonwealth Women Entrepreneur of the Year

cwbCommonwealth Businesswomen (CBW), is launching its inaugural search for the Commonwealth Women Entrepreneur of the Year. The Award seeks to celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs and business leaders across the Commonwealth.

We want to hear inspirational stories of women making a difference across the Commonwealth in any area of business.

The winner will be flown all expenses paid including three nights accommodation to Sri Lanka in August 2014 and will act as a Brand Ambassador for Commonwealth Businesswomen until the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta in November 2015.

To nominate yourself or another inspirational woman, visit and submit your short online application by July 7th 2014.

Anyone residing in one of the 53 Commonwealth countries can be nominated.

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For further information about the Awards and queries on how you can get involved please contact: Oliver Everett via

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