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Reference: 88790

Date Added: 13 May 2023
Closing Date: 30 June 2023

Job Title: Policy Assistant/Researcher

Working For: Nusrat Ghani MP (Wealden)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales and commensurate with skills and experience

Length of Contract: Permanent (following probationary period)

Job Details

• Develop and maintain detailed knowledge on relevant areas of parliamentary business and MP’s areas of interest
• Produce external communications including speeches for the MP
• Maintain and build positive on-going relationships with all parties including MP’s, journalists and other key stakeholders
• Produce press releases, liaise with the national media, briefing MP on coverage,meeting deadlines as appropriate and building positive relationships with key individuals
• Produce online graphics and video content with oversight from Communications Manager
• Monitor social media activity and report any relevant trends to the Communications Manager/MP
• Undertake research to ensure Member is accurately informed on key issues affecting relevant interests
• Give advice on policy issues
• Have working knowledge of relevant legislation and upcoming business including how they impact on the MP’s work and areas of interest
• Provide generalist admin support to the wider team, which may include casework and assisting with policy responses
• There may be a requirement for the role holder to work outside of normal working hours and travel for work occasionally
Other tasks will arise and the successful candidate will be expected to perform other duties to support Ms Ghani in the course of her parliamentary work.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a detailed understanding of Westminster politics and the media landscape
  • Be a self-starter, able to take initiative and drive projects and tasks forward with little supervision
  • Quickly assimilate large amounts of information and turn it around into a brief, speech or online content.
  • Prioritise and manage a demanding workload with ease
  • Posses a high level of written competence.
  • Be highly skilled in the use of digital technologies.
  • Be professional and organised when working to tight deadlines
  • Be a good communicator, who works well as part of a small team
  • Ideally hold two years of experience in Westminster or be able to demonstrate professional experience that can transfer from a related-sector
  • Be sympathetic to the principles and policies of the Conservative 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: 30 June 2023

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis so please do apply if interested. We reserve the right to make an employment offer prior to the closing date.

The ideal candidate will be available to begin employment asap although notice periods will be considered.

Application Details

Please email your CV and a cover letter including why you are applying for the role and highlighting the skills and experience you would bring to nusrat.ghani.mp@parliament.uk

Please title the subject line: Application for Policy Assistant/Researcher position: 'your name'

Website: http://www.nusghani.org.uk/

Additional Notes