Job Vacancies at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) founded in 1911 exists to connect, develop, promote and support Commonwealth Country Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA collaborates with member-country Parliaments and other organisations, including the intergovernmental community, to achieve its Statement of Purpose. 


Vacancy: Head of Private Office (Secretary-Generals Office) – MAT COVER


The CPA is seeking to appoint a highly-qualified Commonwealth national to provide maternity cover as Head of Private Office to the Secretary-General for 12 months.


S/he 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 position you will need to be a politically astute, forward thinking, internationally experienced, committed and energetic people focused individual.


You must have a track record of delivering at pace and quality and an ability to write clear executive reports and strategy documents on complex operational issues.


The post holder will need excellent communication skills, including the ability to develop effective working relationships, work flexibly across professional and operational boundaries, and communicate professionally with internal and external stakeholders at all levels, including Members of Parliament.


You will also need to have demonstrable knowledge and experience of performing in a senior managerial role at an Executive level within an international membership organisation or similar intergovernmental or inter-parliamentary body.


The successful candidate will need to have excellent drafting skills, producing documents requiring little or no correction, all with a sound appreciation of the political environment within which decisions are taken.


You will have direct line management of one member of staff as well as support from a multi-cultural team that implement and run a calendar of member events and outreach activities.


We are keen to hear from ambitious Commonwealth nationals with the right to work in the UK who have the aptitude, appetite and drive in engaging new and key audiences and enhance the reach and promotion of Parliamentary democracy.


Method of application: CV and a covering letter (4 pages max), by email to by 22nd November 2017.


Applicants, if selected, must be available for an immediate start


Interviews: End of November.


Previous candidates need not apply


Please click here for further information about the CPA and a Job Description


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


NOTE: All posts are subject to UK Border Agency requirements for those who already have the right to work in the UK.  Due to the volume of applications, only those short listed for interviews will be contacted.