Date Added: 15 September 2020
: 27 September 2020
Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant/Researcher
Working For: Sir Bernard Jenkin MP (Harwich and North Essex)
Salary: According to experience and within IPSA guidelines
The position would suit a diligent, hard-working, self-motivated person with the highest personal standards, attention to detail, initiative, common sense, an ability to prioritise and to work under pressure. Strong communication, research and IT skills are essential as is an ability to summarise and communicate complex issues at short notice. The successful candidate will have an excellent academic record and be able to demonstrate relevant work experience. He or she will have a demonstrable interest in policy and clear views on current affairs particularly in the fields of Brexit, trade, the UK Constitution, and the environment. Interest in the work of the Liaison Committee and the civil service would also be an advantage.
Your main duties would include the following
• Support for the Member in the performance of his parliamentary duties including as Chair of the Liaison Committee.
• Research: You need to be able to grasp complex subjects quickly, spot key issues, and assess and interpret data.
• Briefing and policy advice: You need to be able to present crisp and to-the-point research, briefing for policy papers/articles/speeches/Parliamentary Questions etc, both orally and in writing.
• Parliamentary Support: You need to be on top of Parliament's legislative agenda and provide briefings and ‘up-to-date’ background information as required.
• Drafting of press releases and articles, monitoring all relevant media coverage and supporting with social media.
• Responding to routine correspondence, casework and enquiries.
• Project management.
• Provision of general admin support.
If called for interview, please be prepared to produce a single A4 page briefing on a policy area to be specified in advance of your interview, together with an article, speech or essay prepared previously as an example of your capabilities. These will form part of the discussion at interview, in addition to questions about your skills, suitability for the role and prior experience. Interviews will take place using online conferencing and will consist of two rounds of interviews.
Closing Date: 27 September 2020
Interviews are to be held during the week of 12th October, with an intended start date as soon as possible for the successful candidate. Early applications will be considered immediately and an appointment may be made before the closing date.
To apply, please send a covering letter (maximum 1 page) detailing why you are interested and suited to the role, as well as a CV to Tom Fairweather at firstname.lastname@example.org