ICAI Chief Commissioner role 2019 to 2023 – recruitment now open

10 Apr 2018

Want to play a key role in helping to improve UK aid through robust, independent scrutiny? The Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s next Chief Commissioner is being recruited now.

ICAI works across government to ensure all UK official development assistance (ODA) is spent effectively for those who need it most, and delivers value for UK taxpayers.

This is an exciting, high-profile, opportunity to lead the UK’s aid watchdog in scrutinising the £13 billion aid budget spent across a range of government departments.

The full-time Chief Commissioner will be responsible for establishing ICAI’s overall strategic direction for the next four year phase of the commission, from 2019 to 2023, replacing Dr Alison Evans whose term heading ICAI ends in July next year.

The next Chief Commissioner will lead two part-time Commissioners, the ICAI secretariat and ICAI’s service provider in carrying out a small number of thematic reviews on strategic issues faced by the UK government’s aid spending.

They will work independently of government to inform and support Parliament in its role of holding the UK government to account.

As well as leading the development of ICAI’s work plan and ensuring all reviews are well-evidenced and achieve maximum impact, the Chief Commissioner will attend country visits and give evidence before the International Development Committee’s ICAI sub-committee.

To be successful in this role it is essential to have extensive experience in international development, an understanding of public policy, and experience in at least one of evaluation, audit or finance.


For more details about the role and how to apply, please visit the Centre for Public Appointments.

The closing date for applications is 23:00, Tuesday 8 May 2018. Interviews are expected to take place in June.

The successful candidate will be expected to start in July 2019 for a four year term. A phased induction programme will be designed to start from January 2019.