A2 (Grade 7) Global Financial System Governance Adviser - Fixed Term

Department for International Development

Closing date: 25 Mar 2019

Reference number





Grade 7

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

2 Years

Business area

DFID – EcDEV - Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption Department

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time



Number of posts



Overseas: Nigeria, Kenya and Mauritius

About the job

Job description

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 government’s 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. We are doing this because it is both the right thing to do and firmly in Britain’s national interest.

DFID works in partnership across Whitehall and with governments, civil society, the private sector and multilateral institutions, including the World Bank, United Nations agencies, and the European Commission.

With young populations, five of the world’s fastest growing economies and a thirst for innovation, Africa is a continent alive with opportunity – but progress has not been uniform, and for too many people everyday improvements to education, healthcare and security still feel distant

We want to support the development of strong, prosperous and peaceful African nations, and we are listening when African leaders tell us they want modern partnerships that deliver mutual benefit. Therefore, the UK is making a new and distinctive offer to work alongside, invest in, and partner with African nations. By supporting African-led ambitions with British expertise, we can deliver more opportunities, more jobs and greater stability – both at home and for our African partners – from the Sahel to South Africa.

In Cape Town this summer the Prime Minister committed to radically expand the UK government’s presence in Africa. This role is part of this uplift – the most significant and long-term increase in HMG staff across the continent in a generation – and offers applicants the opportunity to help shape this new, long-term UK partnership for prosperity and stability with Africa.

The Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption Department (GOSAC) is part of Economic Development and International Division (EDI). GOSAC leads on policy and central programming on governance, transparency, accountability, anti-corruption, extractives, politics and partnerships. We are currently finalising a new governance position paper which will set the strategic direction for the coming years on how DFID tackles all issues relating to governance – the number one cause of persistent poverty. In April 2018, a new Public Finance and Tax Department separated out of GOSAC, although we will continue to work closely together. Governance, corruption and taxation are all high ministerial priorities and we have wide engagement across Whitehall and internationally. This is exciting time to be working on this agenda and we welcome generalists and specialists from across DFID, from other government departments, and from external organisations.

All GOSAC roles require a flexible working approach, with a proportion of time devoted to shorter-term as well as long-term policy objectives and programme delivery. Agendas move quickly and workloads fluctuate through the year, driven by policy priorities, external events, and the corporate cycle. GOSAC currently has 54 staff. We work on a split-site basis with members of the department currently located in both Abercrombie House (East Kilbride) and Whitehall. Our People Survey scores have been very strong over the past three to four years. GOSAC is not only an exciting place to work – it is also one where we actively seek to promote core DFID values around openness, excellent communications, inclusive ways of working, and a positive work/life balance.

The purpose of this job is to:
Lead stepped up DFID efforts in country to help reduce over time the most harmful-to-development illicit financial flows as part of a significant and high profile new cross-HMG approach, working within and connecting between countries that are sources, destinations or transit hubs for illicit finance; and
Work within a global network of advisers to help deliver a systems level approach to tackling illicit finance and supporting investment finance into developing countries, working as part of a transnational network established to affect regional and global change and supporting HMG leadership in raising the bar on governance of the global financial system.

For information on the key functions of this role please see the attached Candidate Pack.

The level of security needed is Developed vetting. SC level clearance is required to start work at post however, candidates should be willing to work towards Developed vetting if they do not already hold this clearance.

How To Apply

Include your skills, employment history and qualification details. All Civil Service recruitment is anonymised so please ensure you remove any information that may identify you.

Evidence of Behaviours
Provide evidence of the required behaviours in no more than 250 words per behaviours (see behaviours below).

Evidence of Technical Skills
Provide evidence of the required technical skills in no more than 250 words per Skill (see technical skills below).

Your application contains the criteria by which the selection panel will decide whether to progress your application. Any other criteria detailed in the job profile may be tested during the interview and / or assessment process. Remember the STAR technique, situation, task, action and result when you are preparing your response.

If a large number of applications are received, we may sift on the lead behaviour and technical criteria.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Applied Governance and Political-Economy Analysis
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Accountable and Inclusive Politics
  • Inclusive Growth and Economic Development



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


At DFID we can offer an excellent benefits package please see link for more information:


Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

If you wish to discuss the job, please contact Josie Stewart J-Stewart@dfid.gov.uk.

If you have any technical problems please contact HR Direct on 01355 84 3333.

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift – w/c 1 April 2019
Interview – w/c 15 April 2019

Further information

The default security clearance level for overseas posting is now SC as a minimum. Please note, this will be difficult to obtain without 5 year’s residency in the UK.

Fixed Term Contracts
This vacancy is advertised as a fixed term contract for 2 years. This contract may be extended or lead to a permanent position.

We may choose to offer this on a loan basis to candidates from other government departments, on the understanding that the successful candidate returns to their home department at the end of the loan period.

Teams work together closely and lead on several rapidly emerging priorities for DFID. Agendas move fast and workload fluctuates significantly through the year, driven by the corporate cycle and external events. You will be expected to be flexible to moving and working across the departments in your role, if necessary. This will provide you with broad exposure to interesting, varied and high profile portfolios, in a collaborative environment.

At times we have more successful candidates than we have live vacancies, in this situation we may hold suitable applicants as pipeline (reserve) for up to 12 months. If you are identified as a pipeline applicant, you will be notified and asked for your consent to join the pipeline list. Pipeline candidates can be offered vacancies based in our offices in the UK – East Kilbride and London, as well as our overseas offices, some of which operate from the world’s most fragile states. We will retain your details in a secure location within our HR team and if any future vacancies arise within this timeframe that require the same skills and experience, we may share your details with relevant hiring managers within the Department. You may be contacted by a DFID hiring manager to discuss a potential job opportunity without a new competition. Where appropriate, we may share our pipeline with other Government Departments and candidates will be notified in advance.

DFID is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race and/or ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio economic background, mobility, nationality, family, marital and/or partnership status and religion.

DFID actively promotes and encourages diversity and inclusion, and will hold to account those employees who do not follow our values or role model our diversity and inclusion principles and behaviours.

DFID welcomes job shares and flexible working arrangements and you should take the opportunity to discuss this with the recruiting manager during the recruitment process.

DFID Appointments are made on the advertised salary which are either a spot rate or a range as specified above. If you are above the spot rate or maxima of the range you will be appointed on either the spot rate or the maxima of the range dependent on grade. If you are applying from another Civil Service department all additional allowances will cease on your move to DFID unless the allowances are specified on the job advert.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant whose details are found to be held on the IFD will be refused employment.

All communication regarding the status of your application will be sent to you through your civil service jobs account. You should make a note of the e-mail address you have registered against your account and regularly check CS Jobs and your associated e-mail address for updates.

Anyone may complain to the Civil Service Commission if they feel that any aspect of the Civil Service Recruitment Principles has not been complied with. Such complaints must, in the first instance be raised with ASResource@DFID.gov.uk If after investigation the complainant remains dissatisfied they may bring their complaint to the Commission.


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