Mar 212019

Non-Executive Member - DFID Investment Committee

Body: Department for International Development (DFID)
Appointing Department: Department for International Development
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills
Location: Meetings take place in London and East Kilbride, Scotland
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: Fee of £3,000 a year is available
Time Requirements: Approximately 4-5 meetings per year, with ad hoc meetings as required
This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched: 13/03/2019
  • Closed for Applications: 03/04/2019
  • Panel Sift: TBC
  • Final Interview Date: TBC
  • Announcement: TBC

Vacancy Description

About the Department for International Development (DFID)

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals, and tackle global challenges in line with the UK Aid Strategy. Our aid budget is spent on tackling the great global challenges – from the root causes of mass migration and disease, to the threat of terrorism and global climate change – all of which also directly threaten British interests. We are ending the need for aid by building peaceful and stable societies, creating jobs and strong economies, fighting corruption, unlocking the potential of girls and women, tackling climate change and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.

DFID Investment Committee

The Investment Committee is a key part of DFID’s corporate governance. It is a sub-committee of the Executive Committee.

Its primary role is to ensure DFID’s portfolio of programmes is delivering value for money. The Investment Committee provides oversight of DFID systems, organisational culture and staff capability to ensure that they drive improved portfolio performance. The Committee provides leadership on, and a challenge function to, the direction and development of DFID’s overall portfolio.

The Committee –

  • Looks across the programme cycle – from design to evaluation – to ensure that the control points along the cycle are working well and delivering value for money, independently and together
  • Provides leadership and oversight of the development of DFID’s organisational culture and capability on programme management and value for money
  • Monitors portfolio performance and quality through management information and other reports, taking action as appropriate

The Committee meets every 3 months. Membership consists of –

  • Director General (DG) Corporate Performance (Chair)
  • DG Country Programmes
  • DG Policy, Research and Humanitarian
  • DG Economic Development and International
  • Director, Finance and Delivery
  • Chief Economist
  • Chief Scientific Adviser
  • Director, International Finance
  • Director, West and Southern Africa
  • Head of Procurement and Commercial Department
  • Head of Better Delivery Department
  • Non-Executive Members

Person Specification

Non-Executive Member Responsibilities/Objectives

DFID is seeking two new Non-Executive members for its Investment Committee.

You will play a full role in the business of the Committee, working with the top management team to ensure DFID investments represent good value for money for UK taxpayers.

As a Non-Executive Member you will bring new perspectives and provide constructive challenge to the organisation. Your engagement will influence the strategic direction and development of DFID’s portfolio.

You will attend roughly 4-5 Committee meetings per year. Your contribution will be to:

  • Understand DFID processes and priorities.
  • Review Committee papers and proposals in advance of the meetings.
  • Provide strategic insight at meetings, based on your expertise and perspective, providing a constructive and independent challenge to IC proposals.

In doing so you will add value to DFID, helping us improve our impact on the lives of the world’s poorest people.

Personal Qualities Required:

You will be deeply committed to driving improvements in DFID’s work

You will have an independent perspective to bring to bear which will add significant value to the work of the Committee

You will have experience of driving cost-effectiveness across portfolios. You will have knowledge of portfolio management for investments where the return on investments are hard to quantify and measure. You will have been involved in developing assurance frameworks for international organisations, to make sure that staff have the right guidance, capability and incentives to drive value for money in their programmes and portfolios. You will have experience of managing programmes and portfolios in an international organisation.

Although demonstrable interest in international development would be an advantage, public sector experience is not a requirement, and DFID is keen to encourage interest from all sectors. A further advantage would be experience or knowledge of working in challenging political economy contexts, in less developed countries.

You will, however, need to demonstrate exceptional qualities and experience gained within your field, an ability to analyse and critique complex concepts quickly, and a strong track-record of using influencing and interpersonal skills to achieve change.

Additional Information

Travel expenses only

How to Apply

The preferred method of submission is by e-mail to:

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV (including nationality, education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities)
  • A covering letter setting out how you would approach this role drawing on your relevant experience.
  • The completed Political Activity, Conflict of Interest and Diversity Monitoring questionnaire


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

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