Guidance

Invitation to become an inspector

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration invites expressions of interest in becoming an inspector from Home Office staff who have passed their probation and are already at the required grade.

Background

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) is looking for expressions of interest from substantive SEO and G7 staff interested in becoming an Inspector. The posts can be filled as loans, secondments or managed moves for a shorter placement of 3-6 months or a posting of up to 2 years.

The ICIBI is responsible for inspecting the effectiveness and efficiency of functions relating to immigration, asylum, nationality and customs exercised by the Home Secretary and by any person acting on her behalf and for making recommendations for improvements. To get an idea of the wide range of inspection work the ICIBI undertakes, please look at the ICIBI website for the 2018-19 Inspection Plan.

G7 and SEO Inspectors will benefit from a structured ‘on-the-job’ induction which will familiarise you with all aspects of the inspection process.

All Inspectors will require the following skills:

  • Written communication
  • Analytical skills and Judgement
  • Planning and organisation
  • Oral communication

In addition, G7 Inspectors will line manage a group of SEOs and therefore need to be effective managers and leaders: setting an example to their staff through their words and actions, displaying and demanding energy and a positive attitude, encouraging and rewarding initiative, identifying and resolving problems, challenging poor behaviour, supporting and developing staff to perform to the best of their ability.

ICIBI inspectors are employed as Home Office civil servants, so your terms and conditions will remain the same.

How to apply:

  • CV (maximum 2 sides); and
  • A personal statement outlining your reasons for wanting to work for the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration and what you would bring to the Inspectorate (max 400 words).

Successful applicants will be required to demonstrate the following competencies at the interview:

SEO

  • Changing and improving
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering at pace
  • Collaborating and partnering

G7

  • Leading and communicating
  • Changing and improving
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering at pace
  • Collaborating and partnering

Position Title: ICIBI Inspector

Pay Band: Grade 7 and SEO

Business Area: Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI)

Organisational Unit: Border, Immigration and Citizenship System, Policy and Strategy Group (BICS-PSG) acts as sponsor for ICIBI

Location: Globe House 89 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PN

ICIBI Recruitment Process

Throughout 2018-19, the ICIBI will be looking to recruit new inspectors at Grade 7 and at SEO, and will be running quarterly recruitment exercises.

In this first tranche, ICIBI is seeking applications from permanent civil servants from any government department or agency who would like to join the inspectorate on a 1-2 year secondment basis.

No previous experience of inspecting or of borders and immigration work is required. New joiners will be trained and mentored to become fully effective ICIBI inspectors.

ICIBI inspectors are employed as Home Office civil servants on standard departmental terms and conditions. Civil servants from other government departments will be seconded to the Home Office for the duration of their secondment.

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in a high profile inspectorate.

ICIBI is responsible for inspecting the effectiveness and efficiency of functions relating to immigration, asylum, nationality and customs exercised by the Home Secretary and by any person acting on her behalf, and for making recommendations for improvement.

Each inspection report is sent to the Home Secretary, for her to lay it in Parliament along with the Home Office’s formal response to the report and its recommendations.

Each inspection is different, making the work of an inspector varied and challenging. Inspections may look at airports, seaports, immigration casework units, overseas visa posts, enforcement operations, and any immigration function carried out on behalf of the Home Secretary. The inspectorate also carries out thematic inspections, for example comparing the performance of similar functions in different Home Office business areas, such as how complaints are handled or how decisions are made overseas and in the UK.

Inspections follow a 3-stage process:

  • Stage 1: Planning (involving scoping, gathering initial research and stakeholder engagement)

  • Stage 2: Inspecting (collecting and testing evidence, including case sampling, onsite visits and interviews)

  • Stage 3 Reporting (presenting findings, drafting and finalising the inspection report)

Further information, including the ICIBI’s 3-year inspection plan, is available at www.gov.uk/icibi

Person Profile

ICIBI places a strong emphasis on personal development. As a G7 or SEO inspector you will benefit from a structured ‘on-the-job’ induction programme, delivered over your first 3-6 months, which will familiarise you with all aspects of the inspection process.

During your first year, you will work as a team member on an inspection, before moving to be a Project Manager for an inspection, and then to be a Lead Inspector, responsible for delivering your own inspection.

In 2018-19, ICIBI will also be providing inspectors the opportunity to study for the Certificate in Operational Delivery (Level 5) to develop their skills in identification, analysis and presentation of data and information. The Certificate includes several management units, which will also be of value to individuals in their future careers

Skills requirements

Inspectors require a broad range of skills. You will already have, or have the ability to develop, the following:

Written communication

  • writes clear, concise and grammatically correct written English
  • produces well-structured explanations, arguments, conclusions and recommendations

Analytical skills and Judgement

  • uses data and information effectively, including charts, tables etc.
  • uses appropriate examples to clarify or emphasise a point
  • is able to distinguish what is relevant and important from what is not

Planning and organisation

  • manages own time effectively
  • plans and organises tasks to get the best from others
  • delivers to agreed timescales and standards

Oral communication

  • speaks with confidence
  • delivers clear messages adjusted to the audience, listening and responding appropriately

In addition, G7 Inspectors will line manage a group of SEOs and therefore need to be effective managers and leaders:

  • setting an example through their words and actions
  • displaying and demanding energy and a positive attitude
  • encouraging and rewarding initiative
  • identifying and resolving problems
  • challenging poor behaviour
  • supporting and developing staff to perform to the best of their ability

Selection process details

Your written application will be assessed against the following Civil Service Competency Framework competencies:

  • Changing and improving
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering at pace
  • Collaborating and partnering

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Successful applicants will be invited for interview and assessments. Date(s) to be agreed.

Published 16 May 2018