Commissioner for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact

Body: Independent Commission for Aid Impact
Appointing Department: Department for International Development
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, International, Regulation
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £381 per day, plus expenses
Time Requirements: 70 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Juliet Chua Added 11/12/2018

    Panel Chair

    Director General, Finance and Corporate Performance • Departmental Official

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  • Mr. Paul Scully MP Added 11/12/2018

    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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  • Daniel Thornton Added 11/12/2018

    Director of External Relations ARK • Independent Member

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  • Dr. Tamsyn Barton Added 11/12/2018

    Incoming Independent Commission for Aid Impact Chief Commissioner • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

A Board of Commissioners is being recruited to ICAI for a single four-year term from 2019. As a Commissioner you will use your professional expertise, experience and senior leadership skills to set the direction for ICAI’s work, ensuring it delivers high quality, impartial scrutiny of the impact and value for money of UK aid. You will work as part of teams to generate credible assessments of UK aid spending. You will work independently to hold Government to account, reporting directly to Parliament.

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 demonstrate successful leadership 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.

You will need to be able to demonstrate your capability and potential against the following criteria:

1. Demonstrably successful leadership experience in the public, private or voluntary sectors. We are seeking leaders who are inspiring, confident and empowering, and who take a collegial approach to delivery

2. A strong professional background. Ideally, this will include international development experience, but applications with experience in one or more of the areas of finance, evaluation or audit are also welcomed.

3. An ability to build and maintain relationships to command the confidence of a range of stakeholders including the UK Parliament, Government departments, aid beneficiaries and international development practitioners

4. Independence and objectivity whilst maintaining positive relationships and transparent engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders

5. Effective team working at Board level, and the ability to work collaboratively with their fellow Commissioners, ICAI secretariat staff and contracted suppliers.   The role is a ‘hands on’ one and you will be expected to work as part of a team at all stages of producing a review.

6. Effective communication skills; with experience of presenting with credibility to a broad range of domestic and international audiences, including Parliament, industry practitioners and beneficiaries, as well as Government ministers and senior officials.

7. 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:

  • clearly articulate direction and scope of projects;
  • ensure schedule and quality standards are maintained across reviews; and
  • ensure conclusions and recommendations are relevant and based on evidence.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23 January 2019.

To apply for this post please email the following documentation to ICAI-

  • A CV of no longer than three pages 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 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. [Annex A].
  • A completed candidate supporting information form, including the names of at least two professional references who will be contacted before any appointment is confirmed. No contact with referees will be made without your prior knowledge [Annex B].
  • A completed Guaranteed Interview Scheme form (if you wish to apply under this scheme). [Annex 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 January 2019, to:

FAO: Lorraine Patrick

Strategy Unit (Alba Building)

Department for International Development

Abercrombie House

Eaglesham Road

East Kilbride

G75 8EA

ICAI Commissioner Recruitment pack
Annex A - Diversity Monitoring Form
Annex B - Candidate Supporting Information
Annex C - Guaranteed Interview Scheme
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