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Pacific Region Candidates for the role of CPA Secretary-General

Published date: 8 Nov 2019

Could you be the next leader of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Secretariat? The CPA is undertaking a recruitment process for a Secretary-General to head its international Secretariat located in London. The Pacific Region, as one of the nine regions of the CPA, is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates. More information, including the  job description can be found here.

Pacific Region Candidates for the role of CPA Secretary-General

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Fixed Term Four-Year Contract – UK based
Salary £100,000 - £125,000

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) exists to connect, develop and support the Parliamentarians and staff of the Commonwealth’s Parliaments. The Secretary-General (the Association’s Chief Executive) is accountable for the overall success of the Association by driving, managing and promoting all aspects of the CPA’s aims and objectives. The Association has a key role at a critical period for the Commonwealth and its democracies.

The Secretary-General will be at the heart of that: delivering programmes which make a difference to Members and their Parliaments, consolidating the Association’s financial position, cultivating the trust of its political leadership, and being a great people-leader to the staff in the secretariat.

In the search for the next Secretary-General, the CPA’s nine Regions have been asked to seek expressions of interest from their jurisdictions. The Pacific Region of the CPA wants to contribute to a strong field of candidates, ideally gender-balanced.

The CPA Secretariat is based in London, United Kingdom. The role of Secretary-General is an international appointment.

Read the Job Description


To be considered, please send your application to the CPA Pacific Region Secretariat based at the Parliament of New Zealand by email to or by post marked confidential to:

Wendy Hart, CPA Pacific Region Secretary
Private Bag 18041
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160

You must include:

  1. a cover letter setting out why you are interested, and how you meet the Person Specification, in particular the essential elements;
  2. your curriculum vitae (no more than three pages).

The recruitment of the Secretary-General will take place in two stages. The closing date for regional applications is 23:59 GMT on Sunday 8 December 2019. All applications must be delivered by that time. Applicants are advised that late applications will not be considered. Applicants may be invited to have a follow-up call and/or participate in an interview in the week commencing 16 December 2019.  Please ensure that you provide an email address and telephone number on which you can be contacted.

The Pacific Region will put forward up to the permitted maximum of three Regional candidates to the next stage by 15 January 2020.

Recruitment process
  • The CPA Secretariat will engage an executive recruitment firm to reduce a “long list” of candidates from the nine Regions to produce a shortlist of five, by 31 January 2020.
  • A Selection Panel of representatives from all Regions will interview these five candidates during February 2020.
  • The Panel will aim to recommend one name for appointment, and one reserve, for decision by the CPA Executive Committee at its meeting in early April 2020.
  • The successful candidate would be expected to commence duty on 1 August 2020.

Please note, any applicants from outside the Pacific Region who are interested should apply directly to their regional branch – contact details can be found on the CPA Headquarters website.

If you require assistance or support through the application process, please let us know, so that we can accommodate this. Other accessible formats can also be provided.

Terms and conditions

The role of Secretary-General is an international appointment, and where required, the Association will provide all reasonable assistance in obtaining any necessary permission for the appointed candidate to remain and work in the United Kingdom.

The appointment will be for a fixed four-year contract period from 1 August 2020. The annual gross salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary on commencement will be not less than £100,000. A pension plan, health care insurance and relocation support are also provided.

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