Programme Assistant – International

£23,124 - £26,100 | Permanent | 35 hours per week | London WC1H

Are you an enthusiastic communicator with an excellent eye for detail and good organisational skills? If so, you could gain valuable experience as a Programme Assistant – International working in the International team within the Chevening Secretariat.

The Chevening Secretariat administers the global scholarship programme of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Established in 1983, Chevening Awards support study at UK universities – mostly at Master’s degree level – for individuals with demonstrable potential to become future leaders and decision makers. Chevening Awards are currently offered in 160 countries and territories, in most regions of the world (except the European Union and the United States of America).

The Chevening programme supports FCO public diplomacy objectives by attracting individuals who have demonstrated clear leadership potential in their home regions. Award holders are selected by British Embassies/High Commissions in their home countries, and encouraged to maintain contact with the UK throughout life. Over 50,000 alumni have held Chevening Awards since the inception of the programme, many returning home to reach positions of influence in a range of sectors. The Chevening Secretariat provides high-level support for existing award holders and applicants and promotes the programme globally. It is housed at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

As a Programme Assistant working with the International team, your responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting all members of the International team in a range of administrative duties throughout the Chevening selection cycle. This may include assisting in areas such as; the preparation of strategy & marketing plans, and support for conferences organised by the international team.
  • Overseeing country mailboxes and responding to enquiries from prospective Chevening applicants throughout the year
  • Providing assistance and support to the International team and other users of the online application system throughout the year
  • Assisting in the preparation of a number of support and guidance documentation for British Embassies/High Commissions including; marketing materials, shortlisting guidance, interview guidance, and pre-departure briefing and guidance
  • Providing administrative support on the Reading Committee assessment phase including arranging the training day, and assisting with other administrative tasks to assist reading committee members in their review of applications
  • A number of other administrative tasks including updating databases and spreadsheets throughout the year. Undertaking research and other tasks for the International team as required.

Our benefits include 31 days holiday per year (including 4 Christmas closure days) plus bank holidays, competitive pension scheme (10% employer contribution plus 5% employee contribution), season ticket loan and excellent support for learning and development through a range of educational and networking activities.

At the ACU, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of gender, race, religion, marital status, disability, age, and sexual orientation.

As Programme Assistant International you will be employed by ACU Trading Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary.

How to apply

Closing date: 15 November 2019
Interview date: 27 November 2019

Applicants should submit their application form, along with a current CV and a detailed covering letter (maximum two pages). The covering letter must state what you can bring to the post and how you meet all the criteria of the role. Please also provide details of your current salary.
Applicants should also complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form.

Please send the application form, covering letter, CV and completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring form by email to by 12pm (GMT) on 15 November 2019. Please indicate in the subject line of your email that you are applying for the post of Programme Assistant International. Applicants may address the covering letter to the Head of HR.

Please note, if we do not receive a completed application form, we will be unable to consider your application.