Job Title 

Programme Officer 

Job Location 

Royal Commonwealth Society, 
40-41 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JQ 


35 hours a week  


£24,000 - £26,000 (dependent on experience), plus statutory pension entitlement 

Line Manager 

Chief Operating Officer 




About the Royal Commonwealth Society 
The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) is devoted to improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens. Through advocacy, education and youth empowerment, the RCS champions literacy, equality, communities and the environment across the Commonwealth’s 54 member states, and seeks to identify contemporary issues and practical solutions that contribute to advancing the value, and values, of the Commonwealth. 

Key purpose 
To lead the Society’s literacy activities including the development and delivery of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition and new Literacy Workshops Programme and contribute to the Society’s engagement with its international network 

Duties and Key Responsibilities: 

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (QCEC) 

  • Project manage all aspects of an international youth writing competition, including but not limited to: 
  • Promotion of the QCEC to new and existing target audiences and beneficiary groups;  
  • Management of the entry and judging process, ensuring rules and regulations are adhered to;  
  • Recruiting and managing a team of judges, including preparations for the final judging session;  
  • Recruitment, induction, and supervision of QCEC interns during the competition year (as applicable);   
  • Management, development and utilisation of QCEC IT platforms;  
  • Budget management;   
  • Production and distribution of award certificates to competition entrants 
  • Production and distribution of information guides; and  
  • Production of annual review of the competition, including evaluation for areas of development.   
  • Planning and delivery of QCEC events (including Winners’ Week and Royal visit inclusions), promotion, publications and social media content.  
  • Contribute to the maintenance of key funding relationships with QCEC donors. 
  • Identify new programmatic funding sources for QCEC activities, including completing grant applications where applicable.  

Literacy Workshop Programme 

  • Project manage the development and delivery of a literacy workshop programme including but not limited to: 
  • Identification and engagement of programme partners;  
  • Programme and training module development, in consultation with delivery partners 
  • Recruitment, induction, and supervision of programme trainers 
  • Budget management;  
  • Stakeholder management; and  
  • Planning and delivery of promotional, communication and social media content.  
  • Contribute to the maintenance of key funding relationships with programme donors. 
  • Identify new programmatic funding sources for programme, including completing grant applications where applicable.  

International network 

  • Contribute to engagement with the Society’s International Network Support Structure (INSS), including co-ordination of INSS members participation in the RCS’s programmes and activities;  
  • Contribute to the maintenance and development of database assets, online platforms and engagement mechanisms for the INSS; and 
  • Contribute to the identification, development and delivery of meetings, events and networking/advocacy opportunities for INSS members.     


  • Contribute to the production and dissemination of communication materials and public affairs activities, including publications, website and social media content;  
  • Represent the RCS at meetings, functions and events; and 
  • Perform any other duties and tasks as required.  

Person specification 

We are seeking an individual with: 

  • Demonstrable experience in the workplace, ideally in a charity;   
  • A proven track record of project management and high-level project support, including budget management;  
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills with good attention to detail;  
  • Experience of building and maintaining relationships across a range of backgrounds, cultures and interests;  
  • Experience of using social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) as tools to promote, engage and influence;  
  • A professional manner and excellent interpersonal skills; 
  • Ability to prioritise and manage a varied workload; 
  • Research and analysis skills; 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, with a strong work ethic and excellent communication skills; 
  • Proficient and confident with IT, including a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office; and 
  • Understanding of, and a proven commitment to, the Commonwealth’s values and principles.

Highly desirable characteristics include: 

  • A graduate or post-graduate degree, ideally in a related field;  
  • Demonstrable experience in a literacy/education related field;  
  • Knowledge of the Commonwealth and its systems and procedures;  
  • Experience of using web‐based content management systems and databases, such as Salesforce;  
  • Events organisation experience; and  
  • A keen interest in international education and current affairs. 

Please be aware that applications will only be considered from individuals with the existing right to work in the United Kingdom. 

To apply 

The RCS is committed to diversity and inclusion in its hiring processes and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. 

Please send a CV and Cover Letter (no more than two pages each) with details of how you meet the person specification to [email protected] with “Programme Officer_ [your last name] _application” in the subject line. The application deadline for this vacancy is close of business on Sunday, 14 February 2021 

Virtual interviews are likely to be held towards the end of the week commencing Monday, 22 February 2021.  

Please contact Nathan McKenzie on +44 (0)20 3727 4300 if you have any queries.