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Reference: 58911

Date Added: 5 January 2017
Closing Date: 20 January 2017

Job Title: Parliamentary Researcher

Working For: Charlie Elphicke MP (Dover and Deal) and the RHA

Location: London

Salary: Circa £23,000 - £25,000

Job Details

Charlie Elphicke MP is looking for a driven and enthusiastic researcher to work with the Road Haulage Association on the future of trucks, transport and tax on the roads. The role will based partly at the RHA’s office and partly at Mr Elphicke’s office, both in Westminster. The initial contract will be for 6 months.

The position will provide an excellent opportunity for an ambitious graduate or similar. The candidate must be interested in working at the cutting edge of reform and the building of a Brexit Britain that drives the haulage industry forward.

Critical to the success of this role is a candidate uses lateral thinking and creativity to solve problems. The candidate must be self-motivated, with energy and passion for research.

Research topics will include autonomous vehicles, electric cars, reforming taxation and the future of border controls.

Key Responsibilities:

• Undertake cutting edge research on complex and difficult subjects.
• Analyse and evaluate research and interpret data, ensuring key issues are identified.
• Prepare and present results both orally and in writing.
• Maintain, update and develop knowledge of relevant legislation.

Skills Required:

• Strong academic qualifications
• Self-motivation, energy and passion for research and making change happen.
• Lateral thinking – a strong ability to research, write and communicate to solve policy problems.
• An excellent understanding of Microsoft Office, email and internet research resources.
• A good understanding of current political issues and Parliamentary procedure.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent analytical and numeracy skills.
• The ability to work independently but also contribute to team projects.
• Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
• An understanding of the issues affecting the freight transport industry.
• Proactive in identifying freight related issues.
• The ability to work in a sensitive and confidential manner.

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: 20 January 2017

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place in Westminster. They will be held shortly after the closing date (to include a written test) and the successful candidate will start as soon as possible.

Application Details

Apply by sending a CV (no more than 2 pages) and covering letter setting out your suitablility for the role to charlie.elphicke.mp@parliament.uk with the subject line Parliamentary Researcher Application: [your name].

Website: http://www.elphicke.com/

Additional Notes