Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

Body: Home Office
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: International, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Legal / Judicial, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £130,000
Time Requirements: Full time

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Expected W/C 6 July

  • Final Interview Date

    27 & 28 Aug

  • Announcement


The Government has adapted the recruitment process around the UK’s coronavirus restrictions while ensuring a fair and open competition. This includes planning for remote interviews.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Home Secretary is seeking to appoint an Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration provides independent scrutiny of the UK’s border and immigration functions, providing security, confidence and assurance as to their effectiveness and efficiency. They report annually to the Home Secretary and their reports are placed before Parliament.
Leading a team of approximately 30 staff you will strive to continually improve the UK’s approach to the Border, Immigration and Citizenship System.
Candidates will have experience of working successfully at a senior level, ideally within a regulation or enforcement arena. Whatever your background, you will appreciate the importance and opportunity that this role presents. Excellent communication skills, decisiveness, independence and unquestionable integrity will be essential.

The role is offered on a three-year term, with the possibility of re-appointment.

Person Specification

Part One – Essential skills and Experience

  • Proven track record of leading an organisation, operating at Board level or equivalent, with associated financial and people management skills.
  • Demonstrable experience of the consistent delivery of excellent performance outcomes within a changing operational environment.
  • Evidence of contributing to the development of a sound strategic direction for an organisation.
  • Evidence of building strong and effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, displaying sensitivity to their views and an ability to handle conflict diplomatically.
  • Evidence of the ability to analyse and make judgements from complex data and contribute to workable recommendations on complex and sensitive issues.
  • Evidence of the ability to gain respect and keep the confidence of key stakeholders including Ministers and senior government officials through effective communication and influencing skills (both oral and written).


Part Two – Personal abilities and behaviours

You should also be able to demonstrate:

  • That you are at ease working within a given statutory framework.
  • Decisiveness and independence.
  • High standards of corporate and personal conduct, including a sound understanding of and strong commitment to equal opportunities, public service values and principles of public life, enabling you to act impartially and uphold the role of ICIBI.


Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or to undergo security clearance to Developed Vetting (DV) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes 3-6 months to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidate has passed all checks.

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