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Reference: 84521

Date Added: 10 June 2022
Closing Date: 24 June 2022

Job Title: Constituency Volunteer Internship

Working For: Steve Baker MP (Wycombe)

Location: High Wycombe

Salary: Voluntary role

Length of Contract: 6 months

Job Details

We offer a six-month volunteer internship programme in our constituency office in High Wycombe.

The position is intended for those who wish to gain initial experience of working in politics and for an MP as a caseworker and policy researcher in a constituency office.

Duties will include:
• Supporting the work for the senior caseworker
• Answering the office telephone and emails, and dealing with routine enquiries
• Drafting correspondence
• Attending to constituents who visit the office
• Meetings with constituents to take details of their case and to obtain consent for MP's casework
• Uploading files to Caseworker MP file management system (training will be given)
• Preparing briefs for constituency meetings and surgeries
• Atttending constituency visits with the MP

The successful candidate will have good administration and organisationall skills and be able to work to deadlines on their own initiative. They must be computer literate. They must be hard working and practice the highest levels of confidentiality and discretion. They will have strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills (both written and verbal). They will need to be compassionate and patient with individuals and families in often distressing circumstances. They must be willing to work collaboratively and remotely with the MP, his team and public and private stakeholders.

You will be working primarily with Mr Baker's senior caseworker and office manager who will delegate tasks.

You should be sympathetic to the views of the Conservative Party and should be able to display an active interest in British politics.

As this is a voluntary position, time commitments and flexibility will be by arrangement. It may be that you would like to volunteer around a part-time job.

The position will have a fixed start and end date which will span a six-month period.

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.

W4MP Note:
The role being advertised is a voluntary one. As such, there are no set hours and responsibilities and you should be free to come and go as you wish. If the post demands set hours and/or has a specific job description you may be deemed to be a ‘worker’ and be covered by National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage legislation. See http://www.w4mp.org/jobs-listings-events/jobs/
for more information about National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage.

Closing Date: 24 June 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be held on Thursday, 30th June. 

The start date will be on the successful completion of the security vetting procedure; July 2022 preferred.

Application Details

Please send a CV and short covering letter explaining why you are suitable for the role and why you would like to work for Mr Baker, alongside details of your availability, to Jacqueline Dinan-Hayward through jacqueline.dinanhayward@parliament.uk

We are unable to acknowledge unsuccessful candidates. Only applicants who are successful in obtaining interviews will be contacted.

Website: http://www.stevebaker.info/

Additional Notes