Member of the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland (Reappointment)

Body: Northern Ireland Office
Appointing Department: Northern Ireland Office
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: Belfast
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The position attracts a daily remuneration of £505.50; or a half day of £252.75.
Time Requirements: When a review is underway the Commission will usually meet every 4-6 weeks. Each meeting may require up to 1-2 days of a member’s time.


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

Secretary of State announces appointment to the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland

Date: 11/12/2020

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Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland is an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body funded by the Northern Ireland Office and constituted under the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986, as amended by the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011.

The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland’s role is to review the names, designation and boundaries of parliamentary constituencies in Northern Ireland and to submit reports with recommendations to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Members of the Commission need to work together to balance statistical, demographic, and sociological factors within the framework set out by statute. The Commission works in an environment in which political pressures are significant, so it is therefore vital that Commission members must be, and seen to be politically impartial in the fulfilment of their duties.  

The member role is a challenging but rewarding opportunity. It calls for someone with good judgement, resilience and sensitivity.  

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be someone who has the ability to make reasoned judgements when conflicts arise and who can demonstrate good knowledge and appreciation of the work of the Commission and the statutory constraints within which it must work.  They will have a proven ability to communicate effectively and an understanding of how to be an effective board member.

Commissioners should not have any party political affiliations which could be seen to affect their judgement and balance.

Candidates for this role will need to demonstrate:

Strong intellect and sound judgement;
Excellent communication and relationship management skills;
Good understanding of the purpose of the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland and its work; and
A reputation for personal integrity and professional conduct.

Additional Information

The Northern Ireland Office is committed to the principle of appointment on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process and to providing equal opportunities for all. All application summary forms, CVs and personal statements received by the closing date will be acknowledged and put before a duly constituted Advisory Assessment Panel.

The Panel will short list candidates to be invited to interview and then make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who in turn may wish to meet those candidates recommended

How to Apply

In the current circumstances, we are unable to accept hard copy applications by post for this competition. Applications must therefore be sent by email to:

For your application to be properly considered by the Selection Panel you must return:
● The completed application summary form, including your personal statement;
● A full CV (including education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities); and
● Monitoring Questionnaire.

If you have any questions about the campaign, please email the campaign coordinator at

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 14 October 2020.

Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland Application Summary Form
Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland Candidate Information Booklet September 2020
Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland Diversity Monitoring Form

This is a reappointment

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