The Commonwealth Secretariat has various opportunities available, including within health, youth, climate change, and international trade, among others.

A voluntary grouping of 56 sovereign, independent, and equal states, the Commonwealth. Its distinctive strength comes from the union of its diversity and common ancestry. The main intergovernmental organization and backbone of the Commonwealth is the Secretariat in London, which supports social and economic growth as well as democracy, rule of law, and human rights.

Through the Young Professionals Program, the Commonwealth Secretariat is pleased to encourage young empowerment (YPP). By sharing their technical know-how, creative ideas, specialized information, and new views, talented and qualified young people from over the Commonwealth have several chances to contribute to our fundamental mission.

We currently have various opportunities available across the Secretariat, including within health, youth, climate change, and international trade, among others. The full list of vacancies is detailed below.

If you would like to submit an application for any of the positions, please do so by clicking on the relevant link below:

These positions are 2 year fixed-term contracts and individual applications will need to be made for each position.

To be considered, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country aged 27 years or younger at the time applications close. You will need to have a bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area, and have at least one year of demonstrated work experience in the design and delivery of subject relevant development or democracy programmes/projects. Further information on each position can be found by clicking on the relevant link below.

Commonwealth Young Professional Programme


  1. Routledge/Roundtable Commonwealth Studentship 2022 (up to £5,500)
  2. Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 2022/2023 for Young Africans (Fully Funded to UK)

Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter. Covering letters should be structured to address the key criteria required in the person specification, giving clear examples.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 56 member governments and provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries.  We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive, and equitable development.