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Reference: 76505

Date Added: 17 November 2020
Closing Date: 6 December 2020

Job Title: Research Fellow and Network Coordinator

Working For: Constitution Unit, UCL

Location: London

Salary: £36, 028 inclusive of London weighting

Length of Contract:

Job Details

This is a busy time for followers of UK constitutional developments. Both Brexit and COVID-19 have raised new controversies and challenges, while the government has expressed interest in various aspects of constitutional reform.

The Constitution Unit, based for 25 years at University College London, conducts timely, rigorous, independent research into constitutional matters, regularly contributing to policy and media debates. We are working with other organisations producing high-quality research and briefings in the constitutional field, to ensure that current debates are informed by sound evidence grounded in constitutional and democratic principles, drawing from UK and international experience.

The role

This post will support networking among such organisations and outreach to policymakers, to inform decision-making in parliament and government.
The successful candidate will:

  • Facilitate collaboration between the Constitution Unit and other research-based groups working in the constitutional field.
  • Build relationships with interested parliamentarians, other policymakers and journalists, and facilitate regular communication.
  • Draft briefings and reports targeted at policy audiences relevant to current debates, e.g. on parliament and parliamentary reform, rule of law, the courts, the civil service, elections and referendums, and the risks of populism.

This is envisaged as a full-time position, but with possibility of part-time working for an exceptional candidate.
The ideal candidate will have

  • A good Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Clear and demonstrable understanding of the key institutions and policy actors in British politics, and of current issues and arguments around the UK constitution and democracy.
  • Significant prior experience of working in a relevant policy and/or research role.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including drafting for non-specialist audiences.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including to manage events and communications.
  • Excellent diplomatic skills to work constructively with a diverse range of people.
  • Existing political networks, particularly within the governing party.
  • A commitment to excellence in research, and to promoting well-informed policy and political argument.

Please access the link https://bit.ly/ConUnit_Research_Fellow_Network_Coordinator for full job details.

Closing Date: 6 December 2020

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place on 16 or 17 December. Start date as soon as possible.

Application Details

Please use the link to access the full job details: https://bit.ly/ConUnit_Research_Fellow_Network_Coordinator

To apply, you will need to complete a short application form and provide a CV and a covering letter (maximum two pages) setting out clearly why you are interested in the position and how you meet the selection criteria. If you wish to be considered for part-time working, please make this clear in your letter indicating your preferred % FTE.

Website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/

Additional Notes