Senior Programme Officer (QECS/ CSFP)

£33,467 – 39,229 | Permanent  |35 hours per week | London WC1H

Are you an innovative, committed programme coordinator with a track record of creating and implementing innovation in administrative and management processes? If so, you could gain valuable experience as the Senior Programme Officer (CSFP/QECS) at the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has over 500 members in over 50 countries across the world. The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship (QECS) scheme and the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) are flagship programmes for the ACU, run for and on behalf of Commonwealth Governments. They are a key part of achieving the ACU’s wider strategic objectives to build a better world through education, by ensuring that higher education transcends borders and by amplifying the positive impact of higher education on society. The Senior Programme Officer (CSFP/QECS) will work autonomously to update and expand the operational basis for the QECS, ensuring it is ‘gold standard’ amongst international scholarship schemes. You will also lead on new partnership-building activities with CSFP host countries, raising the profile of the ACU and the CSFP to global funder and scholarships audiences.

As Senior Programme Officer (CSFP/QECS), your responsibilities will include:

• Managing the efficient administration of the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship (QECS) scheme
• Research, design and implementation of new administration and selection systems • Contributing to the design and then implementing a new alumni strategy
• Assisting with the creation of new monitoring and evaluation processes, and monitoring progress against these
• Supporting the development of, and then maintaining, an online application and information portal
• Assisting the communications team in the production of content for and distribution of relevant scholarship materials, create documentation and correspondence for scholars, alumni and donors, manage social media groups and coordinate marketing.
• Assisting with the drafting of and then implementing new scholar policies regarding access, illness, parental leave, disability, deferral/suspension and safeguarding.
• Providing support to the Head of Strategic Partnerships in building partnerships and contributing to the development of a new partnership strategy for scholarships hosts.

Some of the skills you need to be able to demonstrate include:

• Ability to work with a high level of autonomy, showing motivation and flexibility and a track record of innovation.
• Partnership building, negotiating, and influencing skills
• Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, including customer care and an understanding of working with different and often senior constituencies, and sensitivity for different cultural contexts
• Strong numeracy skills, including forecasting, budgeting and experience of processing finance documentation
• Ability to respond positively and constructively to pressure.
• Strong IT skills including Microsoft Office, web-based form software and custom databases
• Interest in/experience of the higher education sector and/or international development, and the Sustainable Development Goals

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.

As Senior Programme Officer (CSFP/QECS) you will be employed by ACU Trading Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary.

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

How to apply

Closing date: Midday on Monday 11 February 2019

Interview date: w/c 18 February 2019

Start date: ASAP/1 April 2019

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Application Form

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 Monday 11 February 2019. Please indicate in the subject line of your email that you are applying for the post of Senior Programme Officer (CSFP/QECS). 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.