Global Financial System Governance Advisers Jobs at the Department for International Development (DFID)

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’S fight against global poverty, delivering aid to those in need all over the world.

The Department for International Development (DFID) in Nigeria is responsible for managing the British Government’s contribution to development in Nigeria, with the objective of supporting government and development partners at federal and state levels to reduce poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Applications are invited for the position below:

Job Title: Global Financial System Governance Adviser

Reference Number: 1623356
Locations: Nigeria, Kenya and Mauritius
Grade: Grade 7; A2
Contract Type: Fixed Term Overseas
Length of employment: 2 years
Business area: DFID – EcDEV – Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption Department
Type of role: Finance, Governance
Working Pattern: Flexible working, Full-time
Hours: 36
Slots: 3 Openings

About the Role
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.

Purpose of this Job

  • 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.


  • Mobilise and support a whole of government approach to tackling transnational illicit finance both in country and as part of a wider regional and global network.
  • Support delivery of the cross-government International Illicit Finance Strategy, identifying, proposing and delivering priority areas for DFID and UK intervention.
  • Build and maintain close alignment and coordination with cross-HMG capabilities able to address illicit finance (incl. SOCNet Illicit Finance Leads, Foreign Office, National Crime Agency, HMRC, Crown Prosecution Service and HM Treasury’s Illicit Finance Team as well as wider DFID capabilities). Working with HMG colleagues to shape UK political, policy and programmatic engagement on illicit finance.
  • Support and drive HMG political and policy engagement on illicit finance, acting as ‘development diplomat’ to achieve influential outcomes through non-programmatic means.
  • With HMG colleagues, identify priority formal and informal national institutions for engagement (government, civil society, private sector e.g. Central Bank, money service businesses, anti-corruption civil society organisations, Financial Intelligence Units). Within this prioritisation, lead HMG engagement with specific institutions, developing strategic and influential relationships to build and maintain political will to deliver reform.
  • Identify if a DFID programmatic intervention might be required in coordination with other HMG efforts to support political engagement and/or catalyse change. Based on this, where appropriate lead small scale programme development and design or draw on centrally managed programmes, and provide oversight of programmatic delivery in country.
  • Identify and manage policy tensions, trade-offs, synergies and opportunities relating to wider aspects of financial system development (e.g. investment finance, capital markets, regional banking, correspondent banking, remittances).
  • Contribute to the success of wider GOSAC, Private Sector Development, and Country Office priorities through providing flexible support to cross-departmental objectives.


  • In order to ensure close coordination of central, network and country level delivery, the post holder will have a dual reporting structure, sitting within the Global Financial Systems team in GOSAC and reporting to the Senior Governance Adviser and Team Leader, Global Financial Systems in the UK, while also maintaining a secondary reporting relationship to leadership at the country level.

Person Specification
What we are looking for:


  • Seeing the big picture: ensuring that plans and activities reflect wider strategic priorities and communicating effectively with senior leaders to influence future strategies; aligning with plans across Government to combat illicit financial flows and boost private investment flows; bringing together views, perspectives and diverse needs of stakeholders to gain a broader understanding of the issues surrounding policies and activities.
  • Communicating and influencing: being visible to staff and stakeholders and regularly undertake activities to engage and build trust with people involved in area of work. Communicating plans and ambition in a clear and compelling manner; taking others with you, even when design and delivery are challenging; using influencing skills to change attitudes and incentives in overseas settings; promoting the approach across Government to achieve a multiplier effect
  • Working together: forming effective relationships and partnerships with people both internally and externally, sharing information, resources and support; challenging assumptions while being willing to compromise if beneficial to progress; remaining available and approachable to all and being receptive to new ideas.
  • Making effective decisions: developing well-informed analysis tailored to specific jurisdictions and political contexts; encouraging both innovative suggestions and challenge from others; presenting reasonable conclusions from a wide range of complex and sometimes incomplete evidence; analysing and accurately interpreting data from various sources to support decisions; driving delivery whilst maintaining high levels of support.

Technical Competencies:

  • Applied Governance and Political-Economy Analysis: Understanding of governance evidence, policy and practice in a range of settings; knowledge of political systems, core governance concepts (e.g. capability, accountability, responsiveness, legitimacy) and global, regional and transnational drivers of governance change; ability to apply political and institutional analysis and use this to influence strategic planning, political engagement and influencing and programming decisions across DFID and HMG decisions.
  • Anti-Corruption: Understanding the causes and effects of different types of corruption, as well as the effectiveness and limitations of different policies, instruments and institutions for tackling corruption. Understanding of the international dimensions and drivers of corruption, especially illicit financial flows, money laundering and linkages to country-level corruption, as well as key international legislation and initiatives to combat corruption. Ability to provide strategic advice, work across other UK government departments and internationally, and design and deliver coherent all-of government approaches to tackle corruption sustainably.
  • Accountable and Inclusive Politics: Understanding of how to foster inclusive political systems, the roles and functions of accountability institutions, strategies that citizens/civil society use to demand rights and accountability and the challenges and risks they face in different contexts, and strategies and programmes to support coalitions for change and overcome collective action problems. Ability to provide advice, policy direction and programme leadership on political governance and accountability, working with HMG, country and international partners.
  • Inclusive Growth and Economic Development: Understanding of the relationship between governance and growth, including the role that institutional and political factors can play in supporting or inhibiting growth and macro-economic stability. Knowledge of the institutional and political barriers to inclusive growth and economic development, and of the institutional and political aspects of key growth sectors (e.g. finance).

International Competence:

  • Engaging Internationally: Leading internationally, engaging our staff, contacts and international partners to help deliver UK Government objectives. Understanding UK Government aims in the wider UK and international context and developing productive relationships with those external contacts and partners to help deliver UK objectives


  • Understanding of the processes, institutions and organisations that shape the changing international development context in which DFID operates, including the Sustainable Development Goals, ODA rules, UK legislation and government structures, and the roles of multilateral organisations and processes in development. Significant relevant overseas development, policy or research experience in more than one post and/or country.
  • Significant experience of applied political and institutional analysis, including thinking and working politically, negotiating with and influencing others in a range of different contexts.
  • Experience designing and managing programmes and projects, including working with partners/suppliers, understanding and practising risk management, financial management, commercial awareness and value for money at all stages of the programme cycle.
  • Ability to work effectively across departmental boundaries


  • Experience delivering advisory support, particularly working with government, business, and financial institutions.
  • Language skills as relevant.

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.


  • £51,500/year.



  • At DFID we can offer an excellent benefits package please Click Here to view more information on benefits.

Application Closing Date
25th March, 2019.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Prodedure


  • 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

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:

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

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.

Further Information
Contact point for applicants:
If you wish to discuss the job, please contact Josie Stewart via:

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

Sift/interview Dates and Location:

  • Sift – w/c 1st April, 2019
  • Interview – w/c 15th April, 2019

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 If after investigation the complainant remains dissatisfied they may bring their complaint to the Commission.