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 currently have a number of vacancies at our CPA Secretariat based in London. Programmes Administrator and Head of Private Office (MAT COVER).


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 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 Private Office (MAT COVER) will work directly to the Secretary-General and ensure that the Secretary-General is fully supported in all his functions, which includes, advising the Secretary-General on all relevant matters including managerial oversight, administration of the Secretariat, CPA performance, provision of appropriate briefings and external representation of the Secretary General’s office as well as providing a high level of support to the Secretary-General over the full range of his responsibilities.


To be considered for this maternity cover position you will need to be a politically astute, forward thinking, internationally experienced, committed and energetic people focused individual. You must also have a track record of delivering at pace, with quality and an ability to write clear executive reports and strategy documents on complex operational issues.


2 x Programmes Administrator(s) are entry level positions that will be supporting a small, diverse and dedicated team in developing and running a calendar of member events and outreach activities ranging from large conferences to more bespoke seminars.  The role(s) provide routine administrative support and candidate must 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.


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 visit the CPA website at for further information about the CPA, and click here to download the job description(s);


Head of Private Office (MAT COVER 12 months) 

Programmes Administrator


Method of application: CV and a covering letter (4 pages max), with the names and addresses of two references, by email to by 12th January 2018

Applicants, for Head of Private Office (MAT COVER), if selected, must be able to attend interviews on 6th/7th February in London and be available for an immediate start

Interviews for Programmes Administrator will be conducted end of January 2018.

Further information about the CPA and Job Description can be found here:

For informal enquiries please contact Anis Ghanti on (+44-20) 7799-1460

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

NOTE: All posts are subject to:

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

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