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Reference: 84616

Date Added: 15 June 2022
Closing Date: 15 July 2022

Job Title: Parliamentary Researcher

Working For: Donald Cameron MSP (Highlands and Islands)

Location: Holyrood, Edinburgh

Salary: £28,000 - £31,000 (depending on experience)

Length of Contract: Permanent - Full time

Job Details

A unique to opportunity to work in the busy Parliamentary office of a Member of the Scottish Parliament. You will assist the Member on a variety of research tasks, as well as supporting him in his role on the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture committee. Other aspects of the role include:

• Obtaining and compiling relevant research documents from external bodies.
• Maintaining an up to date knowledge of policy areas and local issues.
• Analysing, evaluating and interpreting data and statistics.
• Lodging written parliamentary questions and FOI requests.
• Providing briefings for the MSP on key issues as required.
• Carrying out research projects.
• Gathering and distributing valuable data that supports activities of the MSP.
• Assisting with some constituency casework.
• Carrying other miscellaneous tasks as required by the MSP and/or Head of Office.

About you - Requirements

• Have a keen interest in Scottish politics, and have sound political judgement.
• Have excellent communications skills, and have an attention to detail.
• Have analytical skills with an ability to identify and investigate trends, and interpret data.
• Have an ability to probe for further information where required.
• Have excellent organisational skills with an ability to prioritise workloads during busy times.

About you – Desirable

• Knowledge of issues affecting the Highlands and Islands Region.
• Knowledge of issues concerning the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture portfolio.
• Sympathetic to the aims and objectives of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

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: 15 July 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews to be held shortly after closing date.

Start date is negotiable on notice period, but as soon as possible is desired.

Application Details

To apply, please send a copy of your CV (no more than two pages) and a single page letter outlining why you would suit the role. Please send both documents as a single PDF file to Daniel.McCroskrie@parliament.scot using the subject line “Parliamentary Researcher Application”. Applications that fail to meet the above requirements may not be considered.

Please also contact the aforementioned email address with any queries or questions about the role and/or the application process.

Website: http://donaldcameron.org.uk

Additional Notes

17/06/2022 - salary amended