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Reference: 72154

Date Added: 1 August 2019
Closing Date: 5 September 2019

Job Title: Senior Researcher

Working For: Lord Bird

Location: London

Salary: Competitive

Job Details

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

The successful candidate will have experience working in the UK Parliament, ideally in an MP’s of peer’s office, with an ability to cover a range of policy areas.

They will require the confidence to effectively develop and communicate complex research and policy outcomes to a range of audiences, and an ability to adapt quickly in a dynamic work environment.

Key tasks

  1. Leading on policy development, research and briefing across a range of issues, centred on poverty prevention and protecting the interests of future generations.
  2. Supporting the management of Lord Bird’s parliamentary office, including overseeing other members of staff and liaising with colleagues in The Big Issue Group.
  3. Supporting the planning, coordination and execution of campaigns, events and conferences.
  4. Assisting with administrative duties, including social media, correspondence and diary management.

Key responsibilities

  • Undertake original research and policy analysis across a range of subjects.
  • Analyse and evaluate research and data from a range of sources.
  • Prepare and present reports, briefings and presentations, often a short notice.
  • Maintain, update and develop knowledge of legislation and policy developments at local, national and international levels.
  • Assist with other tasks as required, including correspondence, meeting and event planning, drafting questions, debate preparation, record keeping, media monitoring, social media and diary management.

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: 5 September 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Interview date: 9 September 2019 (flexible)

Start date: 16 September 2019 (flexible)

Application Details

Applications may only be made via The Big Issue Careers site:


The involves uploading a two-page (max.) CV and a 600 word (max.) personal statement.

In your statement, please (1) explain your suitability for the position, and (2) outline what role you would play in the short-, medium- and long-term to ensure that Lord Bird's political objectives are met.

Applicants will be contacted if they are invited for an interview, so please include a contact telephone number in your CV.

Applications made by post will not be considered.

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

Additional Notes