The Commonwealth Secretariat



Job Type


Closing Date

20th Jul 2022


£73,171 pa + benefits

— Description —

Head of Learning and Organisational Development

£73,171 pa + benefits

London SW1, Pall Mall

Closing date 20 July 2022 at 17:00 BST


The Commonwealth Secretariat is the principal intergovernmental body of the Commonwealth, engaged in advancing and achieving the shared goals of 54 member governments in advancing democracy, development and respect for diversity. Our People Management Strategy sets out the Secretariat’s goals as having: the best people; inspirational leaders; an innovative performance culture; sustainable benefits and rewards; a supportive and enabling environment; and effective and efficient use of people analytics.


As Head of Learning and Organisational Development, the successful candidate will establish and develop a best practice Learning and Organisational Development function. This will include leading on the design and implementation of a learning and development strategy, commissioning and/or delivering internal learning events, carrying out learning needs and skills assessments, developing competency frameworks, embedding performance management and introducing management and leadership development interventions and programmes. The post holder will work in collaboration with colleagues across the Secretariat.


To be considered you will need to have a first degree in any subject and a post-graduate qualification in human resources management, learning and development, organisational development, organisational psychology or other disciplines relevant to the post. In line with practice at similar international organisations, you will also have at least ten years’ progressively senior experience in human resources, organisational development or learning and development roles.


The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 member governments and provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries.  We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.


Candidates from the Caribbean, Pacific and Asia are encouraged to apply.           


Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter. Covering letters should be structured to address the key criteria required in the person specification, giving clear examples.


To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.



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