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Government Departments: Overseas Aid

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 52010, tabled on 20 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which Government Departments employ (a) a Head of, (b) a Director of or (c) a Director-General of Official Development Assistance; and what the (i) salary ranges and (ii) responsibilities of these positions were when the initial appointments were made.

Answered on

4 June 2020

In addition to those in the Department for International Development, there are several roles across Government for which oversight of Official Development Assistance (ODA) is part of responsibilities. These are important roles to ensure government departments are able to spend ODA as effectively as possible; some are listed here.

HM Treasury, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and Home Office employ Heads of ODA at Grade 7 with salary ranges of £47,044 - £64,498. Responsibilities include international development policy; setting, overseeing and managing risks around UK ODA; and ensuring ODA is effectively spent and aligned with wider foreign policy objectives.

FCO’s Strategic Programmes Coordinator (salary range £90,000 - £94,999) leads on ODA policy for the FCO, and the Head of Portfolio Management Office (salary range £70,000 - £117,800) leads on ensuring all ODA programmes deliver value for money.

The Office for National Statistics employ a Head of International Development at Grade 6 (salary range £57,721 to £71,259) responsible for designing and managing ODA projects using ONS expertise.

The Department for International Trade and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) employ Deputy Directors of Development or ODA with responsibility for the development of ODA policy and strategy, and the governance and delivery of ODA spend.

The Departments for Health and Social Care and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy employ Deputy Directors whose roles include responsibility for managing their departments’ main ODA spending programmes. The salary range of these Deputy Director roles is £68,000 to £117,800.

The Home Office has recently advertised for a Director of ODA (salary range £92,000 - £110,000), and Defra is currently recruiting for an additional Deputy Director who will be focused on Defra-wide ODA management.

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