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Reference: 59776

Date Added: 7 March 2017
Closing Date: 10 April 2017

Job Title: Researcher/Senior Researcher

Working For: Policy Research Unit

Location: London

Salary: Payscale: £25,000 - £35,000 dependent on experience. Please note we are likely to appoint towards the lower end of the scale

Job Details

The Policy Research Unit (PRU) is a pooled research facility for around 290 Conservative MPs. Each researcher specialises in one or more policy areas, producing briefings on Parliamentary business and undertaking correspondence support relating to their subject area. This is your opportunity to work alongside senior politicians and their advisers, forging links in Westminster and beyond. We are looking for a Researcher and a Senior Researcher. The posts would suit highly organised individuals with strong research skills, as well as excellent written, verbal, numerical and IT skills.

Key Responsibilities

  • Preparing briefing notes ahead of Parliamentary debates and on a range of policy issues
  • Orally briefing MPs and their staff
  • Drafting policy-related correspondence replies to constituents
  • Providing support for Parliamentary activity, including monitoring bills, early day motions, Hansard, select committees, debates, and Parliamentary Questions

Key Skills

  • Excellent written communication
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Good oral communication and networking skills
  • Ability to interact comfortably with senior politicians
  • Numeracy and an understanding of data and statistics
  • Knowledge of Parliament and UK politics
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Experience working in a professional environment
  • Parliamentary or similar experience strongly desirable

Minimum Requirements

  • A levels: 320 UCAS points (or equivalent) based on top three grades, excluding General Studies
  • Existing documented right to work within the EU
  • Degree: 2:1 or equivalent
  • Fluent English
  • (For the Senior Researcher role) significant experience in a policy, parliamentary or relevant business environment is desirable as are people management skills and a proven ability to drive change.

You should bear in mind that the PRU’s subscribers are Conservative MPs and must be comfortable supporting them in their Parliamentary duties. We actively promote a policy and practice of equality of opportunity in recruitment and employment for all our people - regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, faith or physical ability. The Unit is always open to requests for flexible working.

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: 10 April 2017

Interview/Start Dates

If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to undertake a three-hour timed assessment remotely as part of the application process, with interviews to follow in London. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and we may appoint before the closing date.

Application Details

Please visit www.pru.org.uk/careers and download the application form

Anyone who has made an unsuccessful application to the PRU in the last twelve months should not apply.

Website: http://www.pru.org.uk

Additional Notes