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Reference: 61204

Date Added: 17 June 2017
Closing Date: 23 June 2017

Job Title: Parliamentary Researcher

Working For: Sarah Jones MP (Croydon Central)

Location: London

Salary: IPSA rates

Job Details

Sarah Jones MP is seeking a Parliamentary Researcher to join her new Westminster team as soon as possible. The successful candidate will support the MP in her Parliamentary duties and lead on researching policy and drafting responses and statements to constituents.

The ideal candidate will be friendly and enthusiastic, highly organized with strong communication skills and attention to detail, and able to work on their own and as part of a wider team. Previous experience of working in Parliament and an MP’s office is preferable, with a good working knowledge of Parliament and the legislative process.

Applicants should have a strong interest in local and national politics.

Occasional evening or weekend work and/or travel around the constituency may be required.

Responsibilities will include:
Analyze, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the MP is accurately informed on key issues
Develop and maintain current knowledge of bills, Early Day Motions, legislation, Hansard, debates, etc
Ensure the MP is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the Houses of Parliament
Give advice on policy issues
Monitor media coverage and brief the MP on relevant issues
Lead on media work
Prepare and present briefing notes
Progress casework as required
Project work
Provide generalist admin support, such as monitoring the MP’s inbox, managing the post, booking parliamentary tours for constituents, dealing with telephone calls, etc
Respond to routine correspondence and enquiries on the MP’s behalf
Undertake research, usually from readily available sources, on straightforward subjects
Assistant with parliamentary diary management
Assisting in the day-to-day working of the office

Necessary skills
Prior experience of working in Parliament and in an MP’s office
Strong political knowledge, understanding and judgment
Good organizational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritize tasks
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
Ability to work independently, show initiative and work well as part of a wider team, demonstrating a positive and flexible attitude
Strong research and analytical skills
Proficient use of Microsoft office including Word and Outlook

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Closing Date: 23 June 2017

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be in the week commencing 26 June and start dates are to be decided and are negotiable. Interviews will be held in the London office.

Application Details

Please send your CV and covering letter setting out your eligibility for the role, paying particular attention to the necessary skills and responsibilities, to Sarah.jones.mp@parliament.uk.

Website: http://sarah-jones.org

Additional Notes