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Reference: 86611

Date Added: 8 November 2022
Closing Date: 28 November 2022

Job Title: Research and Policy Officer

Working For: Roz McCall MSP (Mid-Scotland and Fife)

Location: Edinburgh/Dunfermline

Salary: £36,765 – £46,652, in line with agreed pay ranges

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

Roz McCall MSP (Mid-Scotland and Fife) is looking for a proactive and highly organised individual to join her team in the Scottish Parliament. The role is on a full-time basis working from both the Scottish Parliament and the member’s local office in Dunfermline.
You'll need to have the ability to work in a dynamic and fast paced environment. The capacity to work as part of a team but have high self-motivational skills. A conscientious work attitude is essential and flexibility to work practices are needed due to the fast moving, everchanging position of politics.

Duties will include:
• Overseeing the research needs and projects specific to the MSP and ensuring peer-reviewing validity and work accuracy
• Gathering and distributing policy and research information on the aims of the MSP
• Carrying out research projects, obtaining and compiling all relevant information from both internal and external bodies including evaluating and interpreting data and statistics.
• Liaising with various external groups including thinktanks, NGO’s
• Developing effective relationships with counterparts within the Scottish Parliament and with other UK legislatures.
• Building and maintaining successful relationships with stakeholders, 3rd Party and private sector.
• Preparing regular briefings.
• Ensuring legislation and compliance obligations are met regarding GDPR and data protection
• Producing high quality speeches, written material and presentations
• Identifying and researching local campaigns, issues and opportunities to promote the member’s work.

Requirements:
• Strong organisational/administrative and IT skills with good attention to detail.
• Must be a quick learner and be able multitask and work within tight timescales.
• Good initiative and problem-solving skills.
• Be a self-starter and be able to work proactively at pace.
• Ability to relate well to people
• Excellent communication skills.
• A flexible and adaptable approach with good initiative.
• The ability to work well in a small team.
• Motivational skills desirable
• Knowledge of Scottish political scene essential.
• The ability to fully support the Member in carrying out their parliamentary duties

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: 28 November 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time after the closing date.

Application Details

Please send a CV and covering statement of no more than one side of A4, showing how you meet the above criteria, to roz.mccall.msp@parliament.scot 

Website: https://www.parliament.scot/msps/current-and-previous-msps/roz-mccall

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