Member - Export Guarantee Advisory Council (EGAC) Committee

Body: UK Export Finance - EGAC
Appointing Department: UK Export Finance
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Energy, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, International, Regulation
Location: 1 Horse Guards Road, Westminster, London, SW1A 2HQ
Skills required: Accountancy, Business / Commercial, International Experience, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The post attracts an annual total remuneration of £5,000 paid in equal monthly instalments via UKEF payroll.
Time Requirements: See notes on timeline

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    01/09/2021

  • Closed for Applications

    31/10/2021

  • Panel Sift

    week commencing 01/11/21

  • Final Interview Date

    week commencing 10/01/21

  • Announcement

    week commencing 07/02/21

• Applications will be sifted week commencing 1st November 2021 and candidates will be notified whether they will be invited to interview in the weeks following this date. • 1st round Interviews are scheduled to take place around 10th January 2022 with the possibility, if required, of 2nd interviews to be scheduled at a later date in January. Dependent upon the future situation of Covid 19, interviews may take place via MS Teams or will be held at UKEF’s London offices in Westminster. Applicants should therefore be available to interview on this day. PLEASE NOTE: UKEF reserve the right to adjust dates and times of interviews in line with the overall process timeline with all candidates being kept informed throughout.

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of EGAC:

The Export Guarantees Advisory Council (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, or more if necessary.

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

The Council 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.

UKEF informs the Council of developments related to relevant international agreements and policies set by Ministers which guide UKEF 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 Council meets stakeholder groups:  export and trade associations (for example, the CBI, the British Exporter’s Association, UK Finance) and civil society organisations (for example, Campaign Against Arms Trade, Jubilee Debt, The Corner House, Transparency International and WWF-UK).

The Council operates to terms of reference.  It meets four times a year and the minutes of its meetings are published.  The Council publishes an Annual Report of its activities.

The candidate(s) being sought:

The EGAC is seeking two members who have demonstrable experience of the practical application of ethical policies pertinent to UKEF (environment, social and human rights, anti-bribery and corruption, sustainable lending), particularly within a business and/or government context.

 

Person Specification

The preferred candidate is expected to have:

  • experience of commerce and international trade, the private export finance and credit insurance market and debt/capital markets.
  • expertise in one or more of the following:
    • Climate Change / Paris Agreement
    • The Sustainable Development Goals
    • Sustainable lending
    • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues, and trends, including human rights, particularly regarding supply chains and the integration/trade-off/balancing of these issues.
    • Sectors where UKEF typically works or is looking to support in the future, such as renewable/low carbon energy, infrastructure, heavy industry, etc.
  • 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’), the Equator Principles, and related international agreements which may be associated with the role of export credit agencies.
  • familiarity with the OCED recommendations in relation to export credits on anti-bribery and sustainable lending 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 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.

We would welcome and encourage applications from:

  • professions which could include business, public sector, not for profit sector, which would include expertise from the environmental, construction, consultancy, legal, and finance professions.
  • women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates.

Additional Information

Across Government and within UKEF we do monitor diversity across all of our recruitment campaigns and public appointments, and whilst there is no obligation to do so, we kindly ask that all candidates complete the attached Monitoring Form and attach this to the overall application upon submission.

How to Apply

Applicants should provide a copy of their C.V. together with a covering letter, of no more than two A4 pages, explaining why you are interested in the position and how you meet the criteria outlined in the personal specification.

Applicants should ensure they highlight what experience they have in dealing with:

  • Climate Change / Paris Agreement
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Sustainable lending
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and trends, including human rights, particularly regarding supply chains and the integration/trade-off/balancing of these issues.
  • Sectors where UKEF typically works or is looking to support in the future, such as renewable/low carbon energy, infrastructure, heavy industry, etc.

N.B. As with all Government departments we are required to provide basic information on the people that apply to our vacancies/requirements. Therefore, we kindly ask that all applicants to complete the Conflicts of Interest form and the Monitoring Form.  The Monitoring form will be kept separately from your application and Conflicts of Interest form, and will not be seen by the selection panel and allows us to meet the Cabinet Office’s Government Code on Public Appointments

Application should be sent to  Recruitment2@ukexportfinance.gov.uk using “EGAC Application” in the subject line.

Should you have any questions regarding the process please contact Recruitment2@ukexportfinance.gov.uk using “EGAC Application” in the subject line.

Attachments
Candidate Information Pack - member EGAC -FINAL
Monitoring-Form- FINAL
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