Be the leader of the
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretariat


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is undertaking a recruitment process for a Secretary-General to head its international Secretariat located in London. The Australia Region, as one of the nine regions of the CPA, is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates.
Up to three candidates from the Australia Region will be selected for forwarding to the CPA Headquarters Secretariat for final shortlisting.


The CPA is the parliamentary wing of the Commonwealth and the Secretariat is based in London, United Kingdom. The Association brings together some 18,000 Commonwealth Parliamentarians from more than 180 Parliaments and Legislatures in 53 Commonwealth countries.


Reporting to the Executive Committee of the Association and its General Assembly, the Secretary-General heads a staff of 19 and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association.


The Secretary-General is responsible for the overall success of the Association by effectively driving, managing, representing and promoting all aspects of the CPA’s aims and objectives.


Among other attributes, you will be a person who possesses:

  • - Significant and demonstrable experience in a parliamentary or governmental position, together with a high level of skill in working in a politically sensitive environment;
  • - Excellent management skills and the ability to lead a diverse staff base whilst responding to change;
  • - Capacity to lead policy and strategy formulation and implementation for a large diverse organisation; and
  • - An understanding and commitment to the values of the Commonwealth.

Please see the related documents about the opportunity and the recruitment process.

Applications should be received by 5.00 pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.


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