Vacancy: Head of Unit, Commonwealth Countering Violent Extremism | Diplomacy Opportunities

This is a unique opportunity to establish and lead the Commonwealth Countering Violent Extremism Unit – a new, high profile and high impact component of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s offering to our 52 member states.

The role involves building and maintaining networks of senior officials and partners to promote the Unit’s expertise and benefits to member states, ensuring a cohesive and effective approach where Commonwealth efforts on CVE complement each other and enables the sharing of best practice.  You will report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General on activity and impact of the strategy and delivery plan you will design in consultation with Commonwealth member states, including championing the role of women and youth, and devising how the Unit can help implement new and existing national plans by member states, establishing the team as a central ‘go-to’ source of expertise.


The Head of Unit will have at least five years’ background in CVE or a related area, including expertise in how governments can respond and the role of civil society; experience of setting up and leading a new function, innovative management of projects, political issues, resources, operations and stakeholders; developing policies and implementing programmes that raise awareness, capacity and commitment to CVE; plus, skills in strategy development and delivery.

We are the inter-governmental body of the Commonwealth, comprising 52 member states. Our aim is to deepen sustainable and people-centred democratic cultures and approaches to development by assisting with professional advice, transfer of best practice, and the enhancement of skills and knowledge, all for the betterment of over two billion citizens. Our efforts are concentrated where we have a clear advantage to add global value.

Please note that you will need to be a Commonwealth citizen in order to apply for this position.


Closing date Sunday 13th November 2016 at 17:00 GMT.

Salary: £97,867 gross pa + benefits

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