Deputy Chief Commissioner and Commissioners for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Body: Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Appointing Department: Northern Ireland Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Health and Social Care, Regulation
Location: Belfast
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Change Management, HR, Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1 Deputy Chief Commissioner & 7 Commissioners
Remuneration: The positions of member attract an annual remuneration of £5,000; this will be paid in equal monthly instalments. The Deputy Chief Commissioner receives an annual remuneration of £10,000.
Time Requirements: The positions are part-time. The expected time commitment is approximately 2-3 days per month for Commissioners and 4-5 days for the Deputy Chief Commissioner. Occasional evening and weekend meetings may occur.


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

Date: 17/06/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    17/06/2019 at 17:00

Vacancy Description

Eight positions, including that of Deputy Chief Commissioner, will become vacant during 2019.

Membership of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is a challenging and rewarding opportunity.  It calls for people who can work effectively with a wide range of individuals and who have good judgment, resilience, sensitivity and vision of a high order.  

Key responsibilities:

All Commissioners will be expected to:

  • Ensure the Commission fulfils its functions in accordance with its statutory remit;
  • Provide effective leadership for the staff of the Commission, define and develop the strategic direction and set challenging objectives;
  • Support and assist the Chief Commissioner in developing policy and in providing strategic direction and in ensuring effective and efficient performance of the Commission’s statutory duties;
  • Monitor the Commission’s performance to ensure that it fully meets its aims, objectives and performance targets;
  • Accept corporate responsibility for ensuring that the Commission complies with any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public resources including acting in a way that promotes high standards of public finance, including the promotion of regularity, propriety and value for money;
  • Assist the Chief Commissioner in ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are adhered to;
  • Represent the Commission as required in public functions;
  • Apply personal expertise in contributing to the work of the Commission as a whole;
  • Ensure compliance with the Code of Practice for Board Members of Public Bodies;
  • Appoint the Chief Executive and ensure that his/her performance is regularly assessed against clear objectives and targets; and
  • Attend Commission meetings regularly.

In addition to the normal responsibilities of a Commissioner, the Deputy Chief Commissioner will be expected to:

  • Deputise for the Chief Commissioner as requested;
  • Assist and support the Chief Commissioner in providing leadership and fostering a team approach among Commissioners;
  • Chair sub-committees of the Commission as required; and
  • Undertake any other such duties as may be required by the Chief Commissioner.

Person Specification

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland requires a blend of expertise relevant to its work.  Outstanding individuals are sought to become members of the  Commission; people who understand the considerations that influence the environment in which it works and can command the confidence of all sides of the community in Northern Ireland, work constructively with others, think strategically and make clear and well informed judgements. 

Essential Skills

Candidates for these roles will need to demonstrate:

  • That they understand the needs and interests of those affected by the Commission’s work on equality and good relations;
  • That they could make a personal contribution to the strategic direction of the Commission and assist it in carrying out its functions;
  • That they can build productive and respectful relationships with fellow Commissioners, colleagues and the communities which are impacted by the Commission’s work and decisions; and
  • A reputation for personal integrity, professional conduct and credibility, with an exceptional sense of propriety.

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of business, and/or working on disability, race/ethnicity, LGBT, or woman’s issues is particularly desirable.

In addition, candidates for the Deputy Chief Commissioner need to be able to demonstrate a strong track record of leadership in the private, public or voluntary sectors and a commitment to the principles of good governance.

The Assessment Panel will assess your suitability for appointment by comparing the information you give in your CV and personal statement against the essential and desirable skills and person specification. You should therefore review the skill requirements as detailed above before preparing your CV and personal statement.

How to Apply

The Northern Ireland Office is committed to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process and to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns.

All applications received by the closing date will be acknowledged and put before a duly constituted Appointment Panel that will include an independent member. The Panel will in due course make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who may wish to meet those candidates before deciding whom to appoint.

Applications should be sent by email to:

Alternatively they may be sent by post to: Competition Co-ordinator, Corporate Governance Team, Northern Ireland Office, Stormont House, Belfast, BT4 3SH

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 February 2019.

Please enclose with your application:

  • The completed application summary form, including your personal statement (of no more than two sides of A4) summarising your proven ability related to the person and role specifications. Your supporting statement should provide specific and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria (including what you did to achieve a specific result);
  • Political and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Questionnaires; and
  • A full CV (including education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities).


Candidates selected at short listing stage will be interviewed by the Assessment Panel in March/April 2019.  Interviews will take place in Belfast.  If you require any further information about the application process you should contact the competition coordinator by email to or telephone on 028 90527041.

Disability Confident

The Northern Ireland Office is a Disability Confident Employer and operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled people. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Under the scheme, a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the minimum criteria for the role decided by the selection panel at the short listing stage. To ensure fairness, the panel will not be informed of who has applied under the scheme until they have set the minimum criteria at the start of the short listing meeting. If you wish to apply for consideration under the scheme, please complete the Guaranteed Interview Scheme Declaration and send it with your application.

If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments to help you attend interview then you may wish to contact the competition co-ordinator about your requirements at the interview stage should you proceed in the process

ECNI 2019 - Deputy Chief Commissioner & Member Application - Diversity Form
Guaranteed Interview Scheme Form
ECNI 2019 - Deputy Chief Commissioner & Member Application - Candidate Information Booklet
ECNI 2019 - Deputy Chief Commissioner & Member Application Form
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