Export Guarantees Advisory Council Member

Body: Export Guarantees Advisory Council
Appointing Department: UK Export Finance
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, International Experience, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: EGAC meets quarterly (for 3-4 hours). Members are expected to attend each meeting. There is also a formal dinner with the Trade Minister held once each year.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Week commencing 16/10/2017. Exact date is TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    Week commencing 23/10/2017. Exact dates are TBC

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The EGAC is seeking a member who has experience of the practical application of policies to protect and respect human rights, particularly within a business and/or government context.

Person Specification

  • Experience of commerce and international trade, ideally with experience of UKEF, the private export finance and credit insurance market and debt/capital markets;
  • Experience of the practical application of ethical policies (particularly social and human rights) in the conduct of trade and related societal issues in a business and/or government environment;
  • An understanding of UKEF’s purpose and business and its role of supporting exports while at the same time complying with policies on ethical matters;
  • Familiarity with the OECD ‘Recommendation of the Council on Common Approaches for Officially Supported Export Credits and Environmental and Social Due Diligence (The ‘Common Approaches’), the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the Ruggie ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework’), and related international agreements which may be associated with the role of export credit agencies;
  • An understanding of the role of an advisory council, including its relationship to Ministers.

Suitable candidates will demonstrate the following personal qualities:

  • An ability to contribute to the work of the EGAC through giving human rights advice, challenge, constructive criticism and support;
  • an ability to work effectively in managing positive relationships with stakeholders that adds value to an organisation; and
  • A commitment to attend all meetings and undertake the necessary preparation.

Additional Information

The EGAC is an Expert Committee which advises the Secretary of State on UKEF’s operations – a background to UKEF is at Annex A.

The Council normally provides advice to the Secretary of State through UK Export Finance officials, usually at meetings attended by UK Export Finance’s Chief Executive. The Council addresses its views directly to the Ministers on any subject where it deems it appropriate to do so. It meets with the Minister once a year.

In practice, the EGAC primarily concerns itself with providing advice on the ethical policies applied by UKEF in the conduct of its business related to bribery and corruption, the environmental, social and human rights impacts of the projects which it supports, sustainable lending and transparency (including freedom of information).

The EGAC does not have any executive powers. It reviews past decisions UKEF has made to support export transactions and provides advice on the decision-making and, in particular, the application of ethical policies. It does not comment on cases under consideration for a decision.

UK Export Finance informs the Council of developments related to relevant international agreements and policies set by Ministers which guide UK Export Finance’s operations so that these can be taken into account by the Council in providing its advice.

To help inform its work, from time to time, the EGAC meets stakeholder groups: export and trade associations (for example, the CBI, the British Exporter’s Association, the British Banker’s Association) and civil society organisations (for example, Campaign Against Arms Trade, Jubilee Debt, The Corner House, Transparency International and WWF-UK).

The EGAC operates to terms of reference. The EGAC meets four times a year; the minutes of its meetings are published. It publishes an Annual Report of its activities. The EGAC meets once a year with UKEF’s Minister, usually over a formal dinner.

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