Programme Officer, UK (Chevening)

Association of Commonwealth Universities
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£29,646 - £34,135 | Fixed-term post from February 2020 to August 2020  | 35 hours per week | London WC1H

Are you interested in enhancing the reputation of the UK and nurturing future leaders through scholarships? Can you demonstrate a strong track record in customer service? Would you like to apply these skills to supporting students with a combination of enrichment, administrative and communications priorities? If so, you could gain valuable experience as a Programme Officer - UK at the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) hosts the Chevening Secretariat– the global scholarship programme of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Established in 1983, these scholarships support Master’s-level study at UK universities for 1,500 – 2,000 individuals each year. The scholarships are currently offered in 140 countries in most regions of the world (excluding the United States of America and the European Union).

Chevening Scholarships support FCO public diplomacy objectives by attracting individuals who have demonstrated clear leadership potential in their home regions. Award holders are selected by Embassies and High Commissions in their home countries, following a rigorous competitive process. Chevening scholars are encouraged to remain in touch with the UK throughout their life, and Chevening boasts an alumni base of over 50,000 individuals, with many returning home to reach positions of influence in a range of sectors.

The ACU is an international organisation dedicated to building a better world through higher education.

We believe that international collaboration is central to this ambition. By bringing universities together from around the world – and crucially the people who study and work within them - we help to advance knowledge, promote understanding, broaden minds, and improve lives.

We champion higher education as a cornerstone of stronger societies, supporting our members, partners, and stakeholders as they adapt to a changing world.

As Programme Officer - UK, your responsibilities will include:

  • Specific responsibility for a portfolio of universities and between 120-160 scholars, ensuring the timely completion of all pre-arrival and on-award administration with both scholars and universities
  • Acting as the first point of contact for various stakeholders, ensuring a professional and timely approach to service delivery and day-to-day administrative management
  • Developing, organising and attending events or engagement opportunities designed to enrich the scholarship experience.

Some of the other required skills include:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including writing for and understanding of different audiences and sensitivity for different cultural contexts, with a strong commitment to customer care
  • Strong experience of working successfully within a team and proven experience of working in busy, demanding environments while maintaining professionalism and accuracy
  • Relevant experience of working in a higher education/educational office environment
  • Experience of communications/events coordination is desirable

Our benefits include 31 days holiday per year (including 4 Christmas closure days) plus bank holidays, competitive pension scheme (10% employer contribution plus 5% employee contribution), season ticket loan and excellent support for learning and development through a range of educational and networking activities.

At the ACU, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of gender, race, religion, marital status, disability, age, and sexual orientation.

As a Programme Officer – UK you will be employed by ACU Trading Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary.

How to applyInterview date: 3 February 2020

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

Please send the application form, covering letter, CV and completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring form by email to by 12pm (GMT) on 22nd January 2020. Please indicate in the subject line of your email that you are applying for the post of Programme Officer – UK (Chevening).

Applicants may address the covering letter to the Head of HR.

Please note, if we do not receive a completed application form, we will be unable to consider your application.

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