Job Vacancies at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) exists to connect, develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA collaborates with Parliaments and other organisations, including the intergovernmental community, to achieve its Statement of Purpose.

CPA activities focus on the Commonwealth’s commitment to its fundamental political values, including: just and honest government, the alleviation of poverty, fundamental human rights, international peace and order, global economic development, the rule of law, equal rights and representation for all citizens of both genders, the separation of powers among the three branches of government and the right to participate in free and democratic political processes.

We are currently recruiting into two vacancies at our CPA Headquarters Secretariat based in London. 

(1) Programmes Assistant and 

(2) Head of Public Outreach

To be considered for either of these positions you will need to be motivated, hard-working and organised individuals. You must demonstrate a willingness to take responsibility for providing either supervisory and/or administrative support to the CPA Headquarters Secretariat in the planning, organising and provision of project support on CPA activities. Candidates must have experience of working in a matrix environment, to multiple deadlines as well as comfortable with a level of ambiguity.

The Head of Public Outreach will need be a well-connected individual with a track record in commanding the respect of internal and external stakeholders, drawing in a wide range of connections and networks across the international/Commonwealth donor organisations and enhancing an organisation reach within civil society.

The successful candidate will work across the CPA Headquarters Secretariat; with senior management and a newly-formed projects team. They must be proactive and innovative in the development, delivery and monitoring of outreach activities that accomplish stated goals and an aptitude in maximising opportunities to enhance organisational reach and improving the digital use and accessibility of the CPA Headquarters Secretariat. Just as important is the willingness to get involved, openness to new ideas and flexibility.

To be considered for this position you will need to be a politically astute, forward thinking, internationally experienced, committed and energetic people focused individual, with a track record of establishing public outreach programs geared for a multi-generation audience and specific user groups, within a Parliamentary, international development donor or government organisation.

As a Programmes Assistant you will join a small, diverse and dedicated team in providing an efficient and responsive financial, organisational, and logistical service to the CPA Headquarters Secretariat in developing and running a calendar of member events and outreach activities, ranging from large conferences to more bespoke seminars.

You will need to have attention to detail, excellent planning and organising skills, an ability to work in a fast paced environment with minimal supervision and work as a team player. The CPA have moved to budget holding processes and the successful candidate must have clear experience in preparing and documenting relevant financial reports for programmes/events as well as coding and processing budgets.

If you are committed to progressing parliamentary democracy, highly self-motivated, hard-working and an organised individual who is willing to take on responsibility, then please click on the links below to download the job description(s):

Head of Public Outreach

Programmes Assistant

Method of application: Please send a CV and a covering letter (4 pages max), with the names and addresses of two references, by email to  by 6th July 2018.

Applicants for the Head of Public Outreach position, if selected, must be able to attend interviews the week beginning Monday 23rd July in central London and be available for an immediate start. 

Interviews for the position of Programmes Assistant will be conducted in July/August 2018.

Due to the volume of applications, only those short listed for interviews will be contacted.


All posts at the CPA Headquarters Secretariat are subject to:

- UK Border Agency requirements for those who already have the right to work in the UK

- UK Parliamentary Estate security clearance, which includes proof of UK residency for three years.

For informal enquiries about these vacancies please contact Anis Ghanti on (+44) 020 7799 1460 or at the email above at the CPA Headquarters Secretariat.

For general CPA Headquarters Secretariat enquiries please email

Updated 4th June 2018