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Reference: 81836

Date Added: 22 December 2021
Closing Date: 31 January 2022

Job Title: Policy Assistant

Working For: Nusrat Ghani MP (Wealden)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales.

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

•Be across the key stakeholders and China news from a UK perspective, sharing important updates and drawing up briefings when required
•Prepare speeches, research briefs, media notes, policy notes and external communications for the MP
•Undertake research on relevant subjects as directed
•Liaise with stakeholders from across wide range of backgrounds and industries as Member leads inquiries at BEIS Select Committee, with particular focus on supply chains, maritime, AI, China and also Afghanistan.
•Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure Member is accurately informed on key issues relating to geopolitical interests
•Prepare and present briefing notes for committees, press releases, parliamentary questions, motions and amendments etc.
• Monitor local, regional and national media coverage and social media for foreign policy coverage and brief the MP on relevant content to geopolitical work 
• Prepare geopolitical content for Twitter, LinkedIn, analyse how it performs  

Person specification:
• Demonstrable knowledge and interest in foreign affairs, particularly between China and UK foreign policy
• Very strong research, analytical and writing skills 
• The ability to work to tight deadlines and complete tasks at short notice in a high-pressure environment, with the potential for competing and rapidly changing priorities
• A keen interest in International current affairs, knowledge and understanding of a broad range of foreign policy, geopolitical and domestic policy issues
• A working knowledge of relevant legislation and upcoming Parliamentary business and the impact this will have on the MPs work/interests
• Comfortable with working independently, maintaining motivation with a proactive approach
• Highly organised, able to prioritise and manage a heavy workload
• Good communicator who can also work well as part of a small team
• The ability to maintain complete discretion and confidentiality
• Interest or knowledge of the Uyghur people and situation in Xinjiang, Afghanistan, or the Maritime sector would also be advantageous

The successful candidate will initially be offered a 12-month fixed term contract.

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: 31 January 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews to commence as soon as possible, we may appoint prior to the closing date.
Interviews may be conducted remotely, if appropriate.
Start date to be sometime in February, or early March.

Application Details

Please send a one-page cover letter and a full CV to: alisonb.dobson@parliament.uk with the subject line: Policy Assistant Application.

Please direct any enquiries on the role to alisonb.dobson@parliament.uk 

Website: http://nusghani.org.uk

Additional Notes

5/1/22: Closed as job description has been amended and new ad is being posted