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Reference: 65496

Date Added: 6 April 2018
Closing Date: 24 April 2018

Job Title: Researcher

Working For: Lord Bird

Location: London

Salary: Competitive

Job Details

Lord Bird is looking for a full-time parliamentary researcher to further his and The Big Issue Group mission of dismantling poverty by creating opportunity.

The successful candidate will have experience in research and policy development with the ability to cover a range of overlapping policy areas. You will require the confidence to effectively communicate complex research and policy aims and outcomes to a range of audiences, as well as the ability to adapt quickly in a dynamic work environment.

Key tasks

  • Lead on research, reporting and briefing across a range of issues, centred around poverty prevention in the UK.
  • Assist and support staff in Lord Bird's office and The Big Issue Group on research and policy analysis.
  • Assist in the planning, coordination and execution of Lord Bird's campaigns, events and conferences.
  • Assist Lord Bird with his wider parliamentary activities.

Key responsibilities

  • Undertake original research and policy analysis across a range of subjects, including the root causes of UK poverty, social enterprise, social finance, social mobility, financial inclusion, early intervention and the 'poverty premium'.
  • Analyse and evaluate research and data from a range of sources, including (potential) partner-, contact- and sector-mapping.
  • Prepare and present reports, briefings and presentations for internal and external use, often a short notice.
  • Maintain, update and develop knowledge of relevant legislation and policy developments at local, national and international levels.
  • Assist with other parliamentary tasks as required, including assisting with correspondence, meeting and event planning, drafting questions, debate preparation, record keeping, media/press monitoring, social media etc.

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: 24 April 2018

Interview/Start Dates

Please apply by 23:59 on the closing date.
Interview date: 26 and 27 April 2018
Start date: 30 April 2018 (flexible)

Application Details

  1. Please email a (two page max.) curriculum vitae and a (600 word max.) personal statement - explaining your suitability for this role - to researcher@bigissue.com.
  2. Please write your name in your email subject line.
  3. In your personal statement, outline what role you would play in the short, medium and long term to ensure that Lord Bird's political objective(s) will be met.
  4. Applicants will be contacted if they are invited for interview, therefore please include a contact telephone number in your CV.
  5. Applications made by post will not be considered.

Website: https://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/lord-bird/4564

Additional Notes