Chief Commissioner for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact

Body: Independent Commission for Aid Impact
Appointing Department: Department for International Development
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, International
Location: London
Skills required: Audit and Risk, International Experience, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Salary linked to DFID Director range which starts from £92,960 (FTE) plus a benefits and pension package. The actual salary will be agreed subject to negotiation on the final working arrangements.
Time Requirements: The role is currently full time: final working arrangements will be agreed with the successful candidate.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Announcement date to be confirmed in due course.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


  • Pre-appointment scrutiny hearing


Final announcement date yet to be confirmed, all of the above are indicative dates at this stage.


Assessment Panel

  • Tom MacDonald Added 31/03/2018

    Director, National Audit Office • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Mr Paul Scully MP Added 31/03/2018

    Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam, and Chair of the International Development Committee's Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact • Other Panel Member

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  • Joy Hutcheon Added 31/03/2018

    Director General, Finance and Corporate Performance, DFID • Departmental Official

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  • ICAI Head of Secretariat Ekpe Attah Added 10/04/2018

    ICAI Head of Secretariat • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

The role of Chief Commissioner for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) is an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated individual with strong experience in international development to lead ICAI in providing independent scrutiny of all UK government aid provision (totalling around £13bn a year), supporting Parliament to hold the government to account for its impact and value for money.

A successful Chief Commissioner will demonstrate the ability to influence and improve the effectiveness of UK aid while remaining independent from government.

The Chief Commissioner will lead a board of three commissioners to develop thematic reviews on strategic issues faced by the UK Government’s aid provision, supported by a service provider and secretariat.

A full information pack, along with supporting documentation, can be found at the foot of the advert.

Person Specification

To be successful in this role you will need to be a credible leader in high personal standing within your specialism with extensive experience in international development and in at least one of evaluation, audit or finance contexts as well as an understanding of public policy.

In addition, you will need to be able to demonstrate your capability and potential against the following criteria:

Essential criteria

  • Extensive experience in international development and in at least one of evaluation, audit or finance contexts, as well as an understanding of public policy.
  • Strong senior leadership skills and an ability to set the strategic direction of an organisation.
  • An ability to deliver in a complex political and operating environment, and uphold the principles of independence and objectivity.
  • An ability to build and maintain constructive, transparent, strategically important relationships to command the confidence of a range of stakeholders including the UK Parliament, aid beneficiaries and international development practitioners.
  • Effective communication skills; with experience of presenting with credibility to a broad range of domestic and international audiences. Key audiences in this role will include Parliament, media, industry practitioners and beneficiaries, as well as Government ministers and senior officials.
  • Extensive experience and a proven track record of successfully overseeing and leading teams of technical experts and delivering projects to tight timescales. Specifically, an ability to: (a) clearly articulate direction and scope of projects; (b) ensure schedule and quality standards are maintained across reviews; and (c) ensure conclusions and recommendations are relevant, objective and evidence-based.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of undertaking scrutiny roles (private, public or voluntary sector experience).
  • Understanding select committee processes

Additional Information

Please note this role has been extended, with a revised closing date of 10th June 2018.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 10th June 2018. 

To apply for this post please email the following documentation to

  • A CV setting out your career history, highlighting specific responsibilities and achievements relevant to this role. Please ensure you include your full name and contact details (including email address).
  • A personal statement, providing evidence of your suitability for the role, making specific reference to all of the essential selection criteria set out above. We suggest this statement is no longer than two pages.
  • A completed diversity monitoring form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way. [Annexe A]
  • Completed candidate supporting information form, including the names of at least two professional references who may be contacted at the shortlist stage. No contact with referees will be made without your prior knowledge [Annexe B]
  • A completed Guaranteed Interview Scheme form (if you wish to apply under this scheme). [Annexe C]

All applications should be sent to The Recruitment Team will acknowledge your application. Please contact Lorraine Patrick at if you do not receive an acknowledgment of your application.

If you cannot apply via email please post applications, by no later than the closing date of 23:00 Sunday 10 June 2018, to:

FAO: Lorraine Patrick

Department for International Development

Abercrombie House

Eaglesham Road

East Kilbride

G75 8EA

ANNEXE A - Diversity Monitoring Form Final
ANNEXE C - Guaranteed Interview Scheme FINAL
Chief Commissioner Recruitment pack updated dates 220518
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