The Secretary-General manages and governs the Commonwealth Secretariat and:
The Secretary-General is supported in these responsibilities and accountabilities by two Deputy Secretaries-General and an Assistant Secretary-General. These four senior managers collectively comprise the Management Committee and individually have supervisory responsibility for all divisions and other business units in the Secretariat.
The Secretary-General’s Office (SGO) supports this senior management group to exercise its functions by:
The work of the SGO is determined by the Strategic Plan but spans across programmes undertaken by the Secretariat’s operational divisions in pursuit of the plan's outcomes. The SGO’s work tends to be ongoing and often needs to react to unexpected events.
The Project Management and Referrals Unit of the SGO has prime responsibility for the quality assurance to ensure compliance with the Secretariat's design standards and results-based management approach.