2019 Association of Commonwealth Universities Programme Officer – Fellowships Vacancy

Deadline: January 28, 2019.

Are you interested in enhancing the reputation of the UK and supporting future leaders through fellowships? Can you demonstrate a strong track record in customer service and a background in administration, communications and engagement? If so, you could gain experience as a Programme Officer – Fellowships at the Chevening Secretariat.

Chevening is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) global awards programme that develops global leaders through offering scholarships and fellowships to study in the UK.  The programme is administered by the Chevening Secretariat, which is hosted at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Fellowships are a smaller strand of the Chevening Programme, offering opportunities to mid-career leaders and influencers. Fellows are of significant standing in their home countries, having already completed some element(s) of tertiary education. Fellowships offer dynamic professional development opportunities for individuals to spend time engaging on a defined subject area relevant to their professional interests and the UK’s international strategic priorities.



As Programme Officer – Fellowships, your responsibilities include:

• Overseeing a portfolio of 15 Chevening Fellowships based at universities around the UK
• Organising and attending events tailored to each fellowship
• Acting as a point of contact for relevant, timely and appropriate fellowship-specific support
• Enhancing the system of procedures and policies for this stream of work



1. Degree educated
2. High level of proven competence of Microsoft Office Suite.
3. Experience in the higher education sector and/or public office/diplomacy, with proven experience working with stakeholders of varying levels of seniority and with international students/clients for a range of support issues.
4. Proven events or communications experience.
5. Commitment to team work, with an ability to work independently and show initiative and exercise sound judgement.
6. Experience of working in busy office environments and the ability to work flexibly within changing priorities and a capacity to be adaptable as required to deliver completed tasks to set deadlines.
7. Experience of working within the field of international student support and/or immigration advice.
8. An understanding and commitment to good customer care with suitable personal qualities for advice work, including: a non-judgmental approach, approachability, interest in supporting professionals and students, tact and sensitivity.
9. Excellent time management and organisational skills and strong attention to detail.
10. Ability to balance competing priorities under pressure of deadlines without compromising the quality of service delivery.




1. Benefits include 31 days holiday per year (including 4 Christmas closure days) plus bank holidays.

2. Competitive pension scheme (10% employer contribution and 5% employee contribution).

3. Season ticket loan.

4. Childcare voucher scheme and excellent support for learning and development.




Job profile

Application form

1. Applicants should submit their application form, along with a current CV and a detailed covering letter (maximum two pages). T

2. he covering letter must state what you can bring to the post and how you meet all the criteria of the role. Please also provide details of your current salary.

3. Applicants should also complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form.

4. Please send the application form, covering letter, CV and completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring form by email to recruitment@acu.ac.uk by 12pm (GMT) on 28 January.

5. Please indicate in the subject line of your email that you are applying for the post of Programme Officer – Fellowships. Applicants may address the covering letter to the Head of HR.




Programme Officer – Fellowships

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