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Reference: 74100

Date Added: 12 January 2020
Closing Date: 27 January 2020

Job Title: Multiple Roles

Working For: Apsana Begum MP (Poplar and Limehouse)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Job Details

Apsana Begum MP is looking to appoint a Caseworker and a Communications Officer on fixed-term part-time contracts.

Applicants should have an interest in local & national politics, an awareness of the constituency & be sympathetic with the values of the Labour party.

Caseworker

Main duties include but are not limited to:

  • Respond to constituents on casework issues, undertake research thoroughly and accurately, and draft correspondence, which reflects the Member’s views
  • Log all cases, monitor progress and ensure identified actions are taken
  • Analyse patterns of enquiries and produce reports
  • Organise and attend surgeries and other meetings as appropriate
  • Follow up on social media queries and comments
  • Publicise the Member’s duties on Facebook and Twitter
  • Retain records and information confidentially and in line with GDPR

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Previous experience of casework, ideally for an MP, as well as substantial experience working and dealing with the public 
  • Knowledge of immigration, housing and the benefit system
  • Clear and concise writing style and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Broad knowledge of communications

Desirable Skills

  • Relevant muliti-lingual or bi-lingual skills

Communications Officer

Main duties include but are not limited to:

  • Proactive and reactive media management, building successful relationships with the media, dealing with press enquiries and providing support ahead of media appearances
  • Lead on the Communication strategy
  • Write speeches, press releases and articles
  • Create content for use across social media and in campaigns
  • Update the MPs website with regular news stories, articles, petitions and photographs
  • Produce other ad hoc constituency communication materials as required

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Excellent written communications skills – must have experience of Press work, writing speeches and articles
  • Knowledge and understanding of media handling techniques including social media and other online media
  • Experience of website management and maintenance
  • Political awareness both nationally and locally, and sound political judgement

We are keen to employ, and would welcome applications from, groups currently underrepresented in the Houses of Parliament.

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: 27 January 2020

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place as soon as possible, which may be before the closing date. It is possible an appointment may take place before the closing date, at which point this advert will be removed.
In your application, please state your availability to start. 

Application Details

A covering letter and a CV of no more than two sides of A4, should be sent to Apsana.Begum.mp@parliament.uk with the subject line: “first name, second name, job title”.

Please provide contact details of two references (including your current or most recent employer). References will not be taken up until after the interview date. 

Website: https://members.parliament.uk/member/4790/contact

Additional Notes