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Reference: 67984

Date Added: 28 September 2018
Closing Date: 12 October 2018

Job Title: Senior Parliamentary Researcher

Working For: Barbara Keeley MP (Worsley and Eccles South)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA payscales

Job Details

Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care, is seeking to appoint a Senior Parliamentary Researcher in her Westminster office. The successful candidate will deal with a high profile policy agenda, keep Barbara informed about developments in mental health and social care & support Barbara’s communications activities.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
• Support Barbara's work in Parliament: provide briefings, speaking notes & support efforts to make changes to legislation
• Research primarily on mental health and social care but also across a wide range of issues. Maintain & develop knowledge of relevant legislation
• Analyse & evaluate research presenting findings in a clear, accessible manner
• Draft speeches & opinion articles
• Act as gatekeeper & have strategic oversight of the ever-changing & packed parliamentary diary
• Draft Parliamentary written questions
• Draft policy-related correspondence replies to constituents & others
• Develop & amplify campaigns on social media
• Monitor Parliamentary & media developments, particularly in mental health and social care
• Liaise effectively with internal and external contacts

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they are/have:
• Enthusiastic, hard-working & committed to the role
• Excellent verbal, research & writing skills reflecting attention to detail 
• An interest in health policy – particularly social care and mental health – is essential
• Strong organisational and project management skills & ability to work to tight deadlines
• Ability to prioritise a demanding workload, meet deadlines and work under pressure
• Ability to spot political campaigning opportunities, devise campaigns & work alongside a range of stakeholders in delivering political change
• Highly motivated with the ability to take initiative and be responsible for own workload. Must be able to work independently as well as part of a wider team
• Experience in managing & using social media
• Must be a supporter of the aims and values of the Labour Party
• Prior experience of working in Parliament and in an MP’s office, political, charitable lobbying or communications is desirable.

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: 12 October 2018

Interview/Start Dates

Interview date: Interviews will be held in the week commencing 15 October 2018
Start date: As soon as possible

Closing time: 12pm

Application Details

Please email a covering letter of up to two pages and a CV of no more than two pages to Emily McDermott at emily.mcdermott@parliament.uk  Please include in the letter why you would like the job, why you believe you are qualified and what your availability is.

Website: https://www.barbarakeeley.co.uk

Additional Notes