The Parades Commission for Northern Ireland (‘The Commission’) is a public body operating as an executive non-departmental public body accountable through the Chair to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
The powers and duties of the Commission are to be found in the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998.
The Commission must consist of a Chair and not more than 6 members who are appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The Commission is currently composed of a Chair and four members. The Secretary of State has decided to recruit one new member to the Commission at this time.
Should alternative arrangements for managing and adjudicating sensitive parades in Northern Ireland be forthcoming the terms of office of members would be brought to an early end.
All Commission members are expected to:
- Attend Commission meetings regularly;
- Act as representatives of the Commission as required e.g. at public meetings, events, seminars or other functions;
- Perform roles within the Commission e.g. chairing meetings in the absence of the chair;
- Ensure the Commission fulfils its functions in accordance with the statutory requirements;
- Assist the Chair in developing policy and in providing strategic direction for the Commission in the effective and efficient performance of its statutory duties;
- Accept corporate responsibility for ensuring that the Commission complies with any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds;
- Assist the Chair in the application of an appropriate corporate governance regime;
- Apply personal expertise in contributing to the work of the Commission as a whole; and
- Ensure compliance with the Code of Practice for Board Members of Public Bodies.
Outstanding individuals are sought to become a member of the Commission; people who can command the confidence of all sides of the community in Northern Ireland, act in controversial situations and determine courses of action, and assess the probability of future events and make clear and well informed judgements.
Candidates for these demanding roles will need to demonstrate:-
- The ability to take difficult but fair decisions in high profile and controversial circumstances;
- The ability to build relationships and broker consensus between senior stakeholders and opposing views; and
- The ability to demonstrate personal integrity, professional conduct and credibility, with an exceptional sense of propriety.
Appointment will be for a maximum period of up to three years. Other appointments may be for a lesser period if they are made to fill a casual vacancy.
How to Apply
The Northern Ireland Office is committed to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process and to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns.
All applications received by the closing date will be acknowledged and put before a duly constituted Appointment Panel including an independent member. The Panel will in due course make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who may wish to meet all the appointable candidates.
Applications should be sent by email to PCNI2015@nio.x.gsi.gov.uk
Alternatively they may be sent by post to:
Competition Co-ordinator, Corporate Governance Unit, Northern Ireland Office, Room 122, Stormont House Annex, Stormont House, Belfast, BT4 3SH
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 25 February 2015.
Applicants should provide:
- The application summary form, including a one page personal statement summarising your proven ability related to the person and job specifications;
- Political and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Questionnaires; and
- A full CV (including education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities).