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Education Specialist: Higher Education
Adviser: Gender
Adviser: Teacher Education
Adviser: VUSSC
Communications Manager
Administration & Governance Coordinator
Director, CEMCA (Delhi, India)

While we appreciate the interest of all applicants for these positions in COL and in CEMCA, those who have not been contacted by March 30, 2022, should consider that there will be no follow-up to their application for the above positions.

Education Specialist: Higher Education

COL is seeking an eminent and senior professional for the position of Education Specialist: Higher Education to lead, develop and manage the Higher Education initiative to increase access to quality higher education leading to employment and entrepreneurship targeting marginalised groups, particularly women.  The focus will be on strengthening higher education vis-à-vis Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and linking it to other SDGs.

The Specialist will be a thought leader with a demonstrated ability to deliver results.  S/he is expected to forge partnerships with regional and international organisations, collaborate with labour market agencies, provide advice to ministers, university presidents and other senior government officials, and act as a COL expert in higher education to advance COL’s outcomes and impact. The position requires proficiency with information and web-based technologies.

The person must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country with a commitment to development and possess the capability to exercise professional judgement and diplomacy and the skills to be able to work in a team while representing COL’s interests internally and externally, with ability to network across multilateral organisations and to work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds; have the ability to exercise professional judgment and diplomacy; and, be able to work in a team while representing COL’s interests internally and externally.

To Apply: A full job description is displayed on the link here. Interested applicants must provide a current resume and cover letter highlighting their professional background and how it aligns with this position. Applications must be submitted by email with a single file attachment to opportunities@col.org  with the subject: Education Specialist: Higher Education, at the latest by February 18, 2022.

 

Adviser: Gender

The Adviser: Gender is expected to develop and implement gender mainstreaming activities in support of COL’s Strategic Plan which aims to promote access to quality education and training across the Commonwealth. COL recognises that advancing the goals of both women’s empowerment and gender equality are central to learning for sustainable development and that open, distance and technology-enhanced approaches can be helpful in enabling women/girls and men/boys to access educational opportunities and skills training for livelihoods.

The person must: be a citizen of a Commonwealth country, with ability to network across multilateral organisations and to work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds; have the ability to exercise professional judgment and diplomacy; and be able to work in a team while representing COL’s interests internally and externally.

To Apply: A full job description is displayed on the link here. Interested applicants must provide a cover letter highlighting their professional background and how it aligns with this position along with a current resume. Applications must be submitted by email with a single file attachment to opportunities@col.org  with the subject: Adviser: Gender at the latest by February 18, 2022.

 

Adviser: Teacher Education

The Adviser: Teacher Education will contribute to the development of innovative solutions for strengthening teacher education which lead to effective learning outcomes among teachers as well as learners.

The person must: be a citizen of a Commonwealth country, with ability to network across multilateral organisations and to work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds; have the ability to exercise professional judgment and diplomacy; and be able to work in a team while representing COL’s interests internally and externally.

To Apply: A full job description is displayed on the link here. Interested applicants must provide a cover letter highlighting their professional background and how it aligns with this position and a current resume. Applications must be submitted by email with a single file attachment to opportunities@col.org  with the subject: Adviser: Teacher Education at the latest by February 18, 2022.

 

Adviser: Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth

The Adviser: VUSSC develops and manages activities related to the Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC) to enable small states to strengthen existing tertiary institutions, develop a cadre of professionals with the skills and expertise to implement virtual and blended education systems, improve the quality of education leading to better learning outcomes, and equip learners for employability and entrepreneurship.

The person must: be a citizen of a Commonwealth country, with ability to network across multilateral organisations and to work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds; have the ability to exercise professional judgment and diplomacy; and be able to work in a team while representing COL’s interests internally and externally.

To Apply: A full job description is displayed on the link here. Interested applicants must provide a cover letter highlighting their professional background and how it aligns with this position and a current resume. Applications must be submitted by email with a single file attachment to opportunities@col.org  with the subject: Adviser: Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth at the latest by February 18, 2022.

 

Communications Manager

COL is seeking an experienced Communications Manager who will have a key role in communicating clear and targeted messages about COL’s work to its diverse stakeholders. The job holder is expected to implement a robust communications strategy to raise the profile of COL across the Commonwealth, write and edit a broad variety of materials, produce and disseminate high-quality open access materials and maintain media relations locally and internationally.

The person must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country or have the necessary documentation to work in Canada at the time of application and have: excellent communications skills;  the ability to network across multilateral organisations and to work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds; the capability to exercise professional judgment and diplomacy; and, the skills to be able to work in a team while representing COL’s interests internally and externally. The position requires proficiency with information and web-based technologies.

To Apply: A full job description is displayed on the link here. Interested applicants must provide a current resume and cover letter highlighting their professional background and how it aligns with this position. Applications must be submitted by email with a single file attachment to opportunities@col.org  with the subject: Communications Manager position, at the latest by February 8, 2022.

 

Administration & Governance Coordinator

The Administration and Governance Coordinator will provide administrative assistance to the Director: Finance, Administration and Human Resources for the day-to-day administrative functions and in coordinating logistical support for governance activities. The Coordinator also assists with contract management and human resource management.

The person must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country or have the necessary documentation to work in Canada at the time of application; have the ability to network across multilateral organisations and to work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds; have the ability to exercise professional judgment and diplomacy; and be able to work in a team while representing COL’s interests internally and externally.

To Apply: A full job description is displayed on the link here. Interested applicants must provide a cover letter highlighting their professional background and how it aligns with this position and a current resume. Applications must be submitted by email with a single file attachment to opportunities@col.org  with the subject: Administration & Governance Coordinator at the latest by February 3, 2022.

 

Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA)

(Delhi, India)

The Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) was established by COL as a regional centre to promote the meaningful, relevant and appropriate use of media and technology to serve the educational and training needs of the Commonwealth Member States of Asia. COL is seeking a Director to conceptualise, design and implement a programme of work aligned with COL’s programme sectors of Education and Skills for Commonwealth Asia and to manage all aspects of the centre and its staff.

Applicants should have a minimum of 10 years of experience working in the areas of education and technology-mediated learning, out of which five years should be in the area of international development.  The position requires proficiency with office technology and a readiness to travel extensively in the region. The applicant must be a citizen of an Asian Commonwealth country, with ability to network across the region with multilateral organisations and with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. An ability to exercise professional judgment, diplomacy and teamwork, while representing CEMCA’s and COL’s interest internally or externally, is paramount to this role.

To Apply: A full job description is displayed on the link here and on CEMCA’s website. Interested applicants must provide a resume and cover letter highlighting the professional background and experience relevant to the post. Applications must be submitted by email with a single file attachment to opportunities@col.org marked ‘Attention: Director CEMCA position’, latest by February 18, 2022.

Principles of Hiring Practices

COL adheres to the principles of non-discrimination and affirms in policy and practical terms the requirement for equal opportunity for all citizens of the Commonwealth. COL specifically endorses:

  • Professional merit as the primary consideration in the hiring, promotion and compensation of its staff;
  • Within the limits of its size, and in the context of its location and financial resources, the need for an appropriate balance in its staffing complement in terms of regional and national backgrounds for international positions; and
  • The principle of gender equity in recruitment and staffing, consistent with the overall goal of equal opportunity for all.

Enquiries

All enquiries concerning employment and consulting opportunities may be directed to the Director: Finance, Administration & Human Resources

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