Kate’s recruiting a senior policy researcher to work in her Westminster office (and remotely where appropriate). She’s looking for someone with a strong track record of policy and research work on poverty, justice and equality, an understanding of parliament and the political landscape, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Salary £36575 per annum (based on IPSA pay scales; part time or flexible working arrangements may be available by agreement).
If you can demonstrate an enthusiastic commitment to Kate’s policy interests, and to making a difference for the poorest and most marginalised, Kate would like to hear from you! Send your CV, and a letter detailing your experience and how you meet the requirements of the person specification to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate’s looking for someone with a strong record of policy and research work on poverty, justice and equality, an understanding of parliament and the political landscape, and excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Advise the Member on policy issues
- Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues
- Establish appropriate strategies for research development and undertake relevant research
- Deal with complex policy queries on the MPs’ behalf, including drafting responses
- Maintain and utilise knowledge of relevant legislation
- Advise and ensure the MP is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put before the House
- Prepare briefing for committees, parliamentary questions and meetings with policy stakeholders
- Manage engagement events with stakeholders and constituents
- Monitor local, regional, national, social and specialist media, prepare responses where necessary, and brief the MP on relevant issues
- Prepare and disseminate public briefings, articles, press releases, and communications via social media
- Respond to enquiries from the media, lobbyists and pressure groups
- Contribute to and support the work of colleagues in Westminster and in the constituency as an active team member
- Some work will be required outside of normal working hours
- An ability to research and provide comprehensive, accurate, and objective briefing, in writing and orally, on complex policy issues in relation to Kate’s frontbench brief and to her constituency
- An excellent awareness of the policy and political context affecting Kate’s brief and her constituency
- An understanding of parliament, its role, processes, and its relationship to devolved and local government
- Experience of dealing with and responding to policy stakeholders, the research community, campaigners and pressure groups, and the media
- Successful experience of influencing decision-makers, campaigning or effecting policy change
- An ability to develop opportunities for stakeholder engagement and to manage stakeholder events
- Ability to work independently and initiate tasks and projects
- Proven record of effective working as a member of a small team
- Sympathy with the values and objectives of the Labour party, and a demonstrable commitment to equality, rights and social justice
Closing date for applications 26 April 2020
Interviews will take place via digital link on Friday 1 May. Please let us know if you need us to make any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the interview process.
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