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Committee Specialist (China Policy)

Closing date: 14 Dec 2021

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  • Full Time
  • London

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The House of Commons Service is made up of 3,000+ employees that support and facilitate the smooth day to day running of the House by providing professional services to Members of Parliament, their staff, and the wider parliamentary community.

Are you interested in providing impartial policy analysis directly to cross-party committees of MPs? Would you like to help them hold government to account for their decisions and make recommendations about future policy? Do you want to work in an inclusive, fast-paced environment at the heart of British democracy?

The Team

You will be working primarily for the Foreign Affairs Select Committee but also providing advice and support, as required, for the wider cluster of internationally focussed committees within the Select Committee Team (STC). Select Committees are cross-party Committees of MPs who examine government policy and spending. You can find out more about who Select Committees are and what they do here.

The Foreign Affairs Committee has a dedicated team of specialists, who form part of the broader team of 8 core staff. There is also an International Affairs Unit, which provides support to committees in the international cluster and with whom you would expect to interact. Other select committees conducting relevant policy inquiries might also seek to engage you.  

The Role

As a Committee Specialist, you will provide policy advice and analysis for one or more Select Committees. You will be asked to further develop and maintain expertise on China and policies relevant to relations with China. You may also be expected to develop expertise on other subjects, depending on the Committee’s programme of work. You will advise on, arrange and lead committee inquiries. You will provide written and oral briefing to support committee hearings and produce reports to communicate committee findings. You will also support their media and public engagement work. You will work closely with the MPs who chair and sit on the committee(s), as well as engaging with high-profile individuals and organisations in the public, private and third sectors within the committee(s) areas of interest.

You are not likely to have line management responsibilities, but there may be opportunities to develop line management skills by mentoring and supervising other team members. It is crucial for this role that you can act, and be seen to act, in a politically impartial way.

Candidate Requirements

  1. Good knowledge of the Chinese political system, culture and politics. Experience of researching unfamiliar aspects of international relations and rapidly acquiring specialist knowledge using a range of sources, analysing this information and using it to develop evidence-based conclusions or take evidence-based decisions.
  2. Strong written and oral communication skills, able to explain complex information clearly, impartially and succinctly to a non-specialist audience.
  3. Strong interpersonal, teamwork and negotiating skills. Able to build and maintain a broad range of effective working relationships whilst promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.
  4. Strong organisational skills. Experience of planning and prioritising your own work or activities in a flexible way to meet strict deadlines and achieve high standards of quality.

Next steps

Please submit your application form, where you are covering criteria 1 to 4 from the job description. 

More information on the role and the full criteria can be found on the job description.

To apply for this job please visit housesofparliament.tal.net.

Other benefits

Please see House of Commons Benefits and Support (2).pdf

How to apply

Please submit your application form, where you are covering criteria 1 to 4 from the job description. 

More information on the role and the full criteria can be found on the job description.

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Job Details

Organisation: House of Commons

Location: London

Salary: Competitive (£37,510 - £ 43,361 per annum )

Closing date: 14 Dec 2021 (1 AM)

Contract type: Permanent

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: Flexible

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The House of Commons Service is made up of 3,000+ employees that support and facilitate the smooth day to day running of the House by providing professional services to Members of Parliament, their staff, and the wider parliamentary community.

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