WANTED: Civil Service Commissioner for Northern Ireland

The Role
A position of Commissioner will become vacant in early 2016. The role is a challenging but rewarding opportunity. It calls for someone with good judgment, resilience and sensitivity who can promote the highest standards in public life. 

Key Responsibilities
All Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland are expected to:

  • contribute to establishing the overall strategic direction of the work of the Commissioners;
  • adopt collective responsibility and decision-making in a way that is open and transparent and in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, regularly placing in the public domain information about their activities and publishing an annual report;
  • exercise their role in accordance with any protocols, guides and frameworks they have collectively agreed;
  • adopt and adhere to any government policies and guidelines as required, in particular Information Security, Internet and e-mail usage, data handling and gifts and hospitality policies and procedures;
  • in reaching decisions, take into account any relevant guidance issued by the sponsor department;
  • seek to preserve the reputation and independence of the Commissioners and to ensure they do not misrepresent the views or actions of the Commissioners;
  • act at all times in a corporate manner; and
  • follow the Seven Principles of Public Life set out by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. 

The Commissioners have no executive or managerial responsibility for the day-to–day work of the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners. The Commissioners are sponsored by the Northern Ireland Office. 

Person Specification

An outstanding individual is sought to become a Commissioner; a person who can work as an effective member of a body of Commissioners; forge good working relations with colleagues, senior members of the public sector and with partner organisations; command credibility; make an immediate and powerful impact and the promote highest standards in public life. 

Essential Skills
Candidates for this demanding role will need to demonstrate:

  • The ability to take difficult but fair decisions in high profile and controversial circumstances;
  • The ability to work corporately in a diverse team of influential people and build relationships with stakeholders based on integrity, professional conduct and credibility;
  • Experience of regulation, particularly in supporting ethical standards and promoting rights and equality in a diverse society; and
  • A proven record in accountability and reporting frameworks with an exceptional sense of propriety.

Additional Information

Serving Civil Servants or equivalents will not be appointed as Commissioners. If you are currently a Civil Servant or equivalent the business appointment rules for Civil Servants will apply to this appointment.

The position currently attracts a daily remuneration of £300; payment arrangements are under review.

The expected time commitment is 1-2 days per month, but this may increase as a consequence of additional casework.

Closing date 06th November 2015

How to Apply

Those interested in applying for the post should download the application pack below.

Application packs can also be obtained by telephoning 028 9076 5497 or email cscni2016@nio.x.gsi.gov.uk

Completed Applications should be sent by email to cscni2016@nio.x.gsi.gov.uk

Alternatively they may be sent by post to:

Competition Co-ordinator
Corporate Governance Team
Northern Ireland Office
Room 42, Stormont House Annex
Stormont House

CSCNI 2016 – Candidate Information Booklet
CSCNI 2016 – Application Summary Form
CSCNI 2016 – Monitoring Form

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.