Senior Programme Officer International - Chevening

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 24

Position description

Are you a confident line manager, with relationship management experience and expertise in processes and procedures? The Chevening Secretariat has an opportunity for a Senior Programme Officer - International to help manage its team of Programme Officers - International (POI) and to ensure an excellent standard of service to UK Embassies and High Commissions (Posts) in the recruitment, selection and support of Chevening Scholars and Fellows across approximately 160 countries and territories.

Chevening is the global scholarship programme of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Established in 1983, each year Chevening supports Master's-level study at UK universities for about 1700 individuals, who come to the UK from most regions of the world. It brings established and emerging leaders to the UK for transformational educational experiences of up to one year. Funded by the FCO as part of its Strategic Partnerships, Public Diplomacy and Soft Power activity, the programme is administered by the Chevening Secretariat, hosted by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Within the International Team, there is one Programme Manager – International (PMI), two SPOIs, six POIs and one Programme Assistant (PA). As a SPOI you will have shared responsibility for the effective people management of the international team through delegation, team development and monitoring performance, along with ensuring the smooth administration of the selection process.

In addition to effective people management, you will be the designated point of contact for a small portfolio of posts (currently China and Hong Kong). Working closely with the PMI and SPOI on administrative policy and procedural development, you will help improve services and the efficiency of their delivery within a complex international context.

As a Senior Programme Officer - International, your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the day-to-day running of Chevening selection processes, under guidance from the PMI and working with teams from across the Secretariat
  • Developing and updating materials and guidance for Posts including: annual plans, application and selection procedures, interviews, briefings and online application system guidance
  • Preparing progress reports for senior management and the FCO, and assisting the PMI in keeping Chevening policy, practice and timelines under review and making recommendations as appropriate.


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

  • Experience of managing staff, including during periods of high volume, ensuring services are delivered to a high standard
  • People management skills, including delegation, team development, coaching and developing others, and monitoring performance
  • Experience of designing and refining, implementing, and communicating complex administration processes
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including writing for and understanding of different audiences and sensitivity for different cultural contexts
  • Exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Interest in international relations. Experience of working or studying in an international context may be beneficial.

Benefits include 31 days holiday per year (including 4 Christmas closure days) plus bank holidays, competitive pension scheme (10% employer contribution and 5% employee contribution), season ticket loan and excellent support for learning and development.

As a Senior Programme Officer - International you will be employed by ACU Trading Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary.

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