Foreign & Commonwealth Office – Non-Executive Member, Audit & Risk Assurance Committee

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is looking to appoint a new non-executive member to its Audit & Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC). The successful candidate will have a good track record in managing at the highest level in the private, public or voluntary sector and be able to contribute to the Committee’s governance, risk management and control agenda.

The FCO has a worldwide network of embassies and consulates, employing over 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices. They work with international organisations to promote UK interests and global security, including the EU, NATO, the United Nations and the UN Security Council and the Commonwealth.

  • The Audit & Risk Assurance Committee
    The Audit & Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) supports the Permanent Under-Secretary (PUS) in his role as FCO Accounting Officer to ensure there are effective arrangements for governance, risk management and internal control. It has no executive responsibilities, but reviews the comprehensiveness, reliability and integrity of assurances provided to the Management Board; challenges the executive; and promotes best practice across the FCO. It meets quarterly and is chaired by Warren Tucker, Non-Executive Director.

    Upcoming priorities for the Committee include oversight of an ERP Replacement, expansion of programmes funds, and the continuous improvement of financial, risk and programme management processes.
  • Person Specification
    The successful candidate will demonstrate the following qualities or skills:

    • Substantial experience of board level governance, risk management, audit and control issues in an executive or non-executive capacity in the private, public or voluntary sector;
    • Experience of working internationally, or working for an organisation with an international remit;
    • Experience of risk, performance and financial management;
    • Experience in managing similar sized organisations;
    • Ability to understand the objectives of the organisation and its current significant issues and risks;
    • Ability to understand the organisation’s structure, including governance arrangements and key relationships such as that with a sponsoring department of a major partner;
    • Ability to understand the organisation’s culture;
    • Broad understanding of the government environment, particularly accountability structures and current major initiatives;
    • Sound judgement and a high level of integrity (including when dealing with confidential or sensitive issues) and a commitment to the seven principles of conduct in public life

    The modern FCO wants to reflect the very best of 21st century Britain and encourages applications from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of background or circumstances.
  • Time Commitment

    The Audit & Risk Assurance Committee has formal meetings quarterly in Whitehall (April, June, October and December), plus a further meeting to review the Resource Accounts in July. Total commitment is expected to be around five days per year. The appointment is for three years, with the option to extend for a further three years.

    The successful candidate will receive a thorough induction into the organisation to enable them to contribute fully to the work of the committee.

  • Conditions of Appointment

    Confirmation of the preferred candidate’s appointment will be subject to verification of references and other necessary clearances including Security Vetting. Remuneration will be £500 per day.

  • Application Process
    • Please submit the following:
      • Your CV (maximum 2 sides of A4),
      • Covering letter setting out your reasons for applying and the added value you would bring to the FCO as a Non-Executive Board Member (maximum 1 side of A4),
      • Equalities Monitoring Form (downloadable below),
      • Political Activity Declaration Form (downloadable below),
      • Conflicts of Interest and Previous Conduct Form (downloadable below)
    • Documentation can either be submitted via the 'Apply Now' button above, or by email to Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent via [email protected]
    • If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact Patrick Reihill, Head of Talent via [email protected] on 0207 222 1166
    • The deadline for applications is Midday, Wednesday 1 May 2019
    • A shortlist will then be compiled from the list of applicants.
    • The ARAC Chairman, supported by the FCO's Finance Director and Head of Internal Audit will form a small selection board which will interview shortlisted applicants and recommend an appointment to the PUS. The aim is to make the selection in June 2019 and for the new member to join the ARAC from October 2019.
    • Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 4 June and Wednesday 12 June 2019.
    FCO Audit and Risk Assurance Committee March 2019 WIG Equalities Monitoring Form Political Activity Declaration Form Conflicts of Interest and Previous Conduct Form