Commonwealth Young Professionals Programme

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Commonwealth Young Professionals Programme; The Young Professionals Programme gives qualified young people the opportunity to contribute to the Commonwealth’s work in international development and democracy, and to build their skills in a culturally diverse, professional environment.

The programme demonstrates our ongoing commitment to youth empowerment and our recognition of young people as partners and leaders in development.

About the programme

Young Professionals will be based at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, taking up two-year positions in areas of work such as economic policy, human resources and youth. During this time, they will provide technical and administrative support to programmes and operations.

In addition to living in one of the world’s leading cities, Young Professionals will benefit from a structured programme of professional development and mentoring, working with high-level decision-makers and technical experts.


To be considered, a candidate must:

  • Be aged 27 years or younger at the close of the application
  • Be a national of a Commonwealth member country
  • Possess a strong Bachelor degree or higher level degree in a field relevant to the position
  • Have at least one year of work experience in a field relevant to the position
  • Have excellent English language and interpersonal skills, and
  • Be able to work in a multicultural and diverse environment.

    Selection process

    The recruitment process comprises a variety of selection exercises and interviews over two stages. Stage 1 includes written and technology exercises, while Stage 2 is primarily interview-led, via Skype.

    Candidates will be assessed according to their relevant qualifications and experience. In keeping with Commonwealth Secretariat guidelines, the geographic and gender balance of the total number of Young Professional positions will also be considered.

    If successful, a candidate will have two weeks to confirm their intention to take up the position. Contracts cannot be deferred or postponed.

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  • Terms of reference For more details and young professionals application materials, see; Commonwealth Young Professionals Programme

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