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Windrush Compensation Scheme, Independent Person

Location: London

Date Posted: 24/08/2020

Closing Date: 21/09/2020

£12600 pa

Vacancy Description

Do you want to play an important role in ensuring the Windrush Compensation Scheme works for both claimants and the public?

If so, you can do this by becoming the Independent Person to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.  The government made a pledge to support those of the Windrush generation who have faced difficulties in establishing their lawful status in the UK.  The Windrush Compensation Scheme, which was launched in April 2019, is amongst the measures which have been implemented to help right the wrongs for those people who have suffered impact or loss as a result of these difficulties.  The closing date for compensation claims to the scheme has now been extended to April 2023.

We are seeking an Independent Person to oversee the operation of the Windrush Compensation Scheme and report to Ministers.  This would include providing independent advice on the strategy and deliverability of the Scheme, scrutinising its performance and challenging how well it is achieving its objectives.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills, coupled with a personal and professional demeanour that generates trust and confidence in others, including those from the diverse communities that have been affected.  They will need to have experience of working with communities and people that have been personally affected by the Windrush events.  The Independent Person will also attend and play a key role in the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group, which supports our work.

They will be able to analyse complex issues and have the ability to constructively challenge and influence strategy and decision making. They will also be able to provide oversight in relation to financial, audit and risk management and understand how to improve effectiveness and ensure proper use of public money.

Person Specification

It is essential in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in Part One only of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with those candidates invited for interview, together with the other criteria listed in Part Two.

 Part One – Essential Skills

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following skills and abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills, with the breadth of vision, innovation and experience to provide effective challenge and advice at Board level to develop and enhance executive thinking.
  • Ability to engage and develop relationships with stakeholders within government and across the community sector. Together with an appreciation of the role and importance of community engagement.
  • Financial audit and risk management skills with an ability to analyse and scrutinise detailed financial and management information.
  • Experience of leading complex operations and audit functions.
  • An appreciation and understanding of how to improve effectiveness and ensure proper use of public money.

Part Two – Personal abilities and behaviours

  • Undisputed personal integrity and a personal style that demonstrates authority and commitment.
  • Excellent written skills coupled with a personal and professional demeanour that generates trust and confidence in others.
  • As a holder of a public office the Independent person is expected to follow the Seven Principles of Public Life, as set out by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23:00 on Monday 21 September.

Please submit the following 4 documents, clearly labelled, by email to:
publicappointments@homeoffice.gov.uk

1. A comprehensive CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.

2. A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the skills, abilities and behaviour areas identified in the person specification.

3. Please complete and return via email the forms at Annex B (attached separately), relating to referees, conflicts of interest and nationality.

4. In addition please complete the Diversity Form at Annex C. Please click on the link to
the Public Appointments website for further information on recording whether or not
you have a disability.

Please include the heading WCS – Independent Person in the subject box.

Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments.
Please note the following:

• We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
• Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation. We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
• Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
• Feedback will only be given to unsuccessful candidates following interview.

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