Location: London, UK
Duration: 3 Months
Closing Date: 16 May 2012
The Political Affairs Division (PAD) is the lead division in the Secretariatís high-profile programme for the promotion of democracy and good governance in the Commonwealth. The division works closely with the Secretary-General, providing him with advice and support on all political issues, and particularly in his Good Offices role. Its work ranges from monitoring and analysis of political developments and the preparation of briefings, to the organisation of election observation and the provision of technical assistance. The work is often of great sensitivity and to demanding timetables.
PAD is also responsible for organising and servicing the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) and other meetings, including meetings of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG).
The internship will be based in PADís Asia / Europe Section.
PADís Asia / Europe Section, which is responsible for eleven member countries, as well as some important Commonwealth consultative and policy making mechanisms, is seeking a talented individual with excellent research, analytical and communication skills for a six month internship placement. The intern will gain broad familiarity with the work of PAD, and will assist the Section in monitoring and analysing regional political developments of interest.
The Commonwealth Secretariatís Internship Programme combines practical work experience with a structured learning experience through specific briefs aimed to achieve identified Secretariat objectives. It also aims to provide opportunities for professional development for recent graduates to gain experience and prepare them for the labour market.
Post holder should be able to demonstrate the following: