ICAI part time Commissioner roles – recruitment now open

12 Dec 2018

Want to play a role in helping to improve UK aid through robust, independent scrutiny?

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s next set of part time Commissioners are 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 opportunity to be part of the leadership team of an organisation that is at the heart of the UK aid scrutiny landscape, providing independent scrutiny of the effectiveness of all UK government aid, totalling around £14bn a year.

ICAI’s Board is headed by a Chief Commissioner, who is supported by two part time Commissioners. Each person serves a four year term. A new Chief Commissioner, Dr Tamsyn Barton, has recently been appointed and we are now looking to recruit two new part time Commissioners to complete the leadership team.

ICAI’s work is high profile and ICAI reviews span the breadth of the UK’s aid priorities – from education, migration, global health threats and aid in conflict-affected countries, to tackling violence against women and girls, and tax avoidance and evasion. They examine key international development challenges and their findings inform public and parliamentary debate. In addition to providing independent scrutiny, ICAI reviews contribute to improving the effectiveness and impact of UK aid.

The role of ICAI’s next Commissioners will involve supporting the Chief Commissioner in her leadership of ICAI, including through the development of a programme of scrutiny of UK ODA. Successful candidates will work with the Chief Commissioner, leading and overseeing reviews of UK government’s aid spending and the production of high quality, well-evidenced and impartial reports. Commissioners will be supported in this work by a specialist development consultancy and ICAI secretariat.

They will represent ICAI to stakeholders (including Government), which includes giving evidence to Parliament at the International Development Committee (IDC) and its ICAI Sub-Committee, and will monitor the implementation of ICAI recommendations and ensuring their dissemination and uptake across government, thereby contributing to continuous improvement in the impact of UK aid.


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, Wednesday 23 January 2019.

The successful candidates will be expected to take up post in July 2019 (after a phased induction).