Committee Specialist (Science and Technology Committee)

Full Time, Full Time/Job Share
Starting at 30 days per annum, pro-rata

23rd May 2021 at 23:55

Do you have knowledge and experience of issues in Science and Technology policy? Are you interested in providing impartial policy analysis directly to cross-party committees of MPs? If so, read on..

What will I be doing?

You will be working in the Select Committee Team (SCT), supporting the work of the House of Common’s Science and Technology Select Committee. Most interestingly, the Committee is currently working on issues relating to the covid-19 pandemic, Net Zero, space and satellites and the role of research, innovation and technology in the recovery from covid-19.

It will be your responsibility to advise on, arrange and lead committee inquiries, and provide written and oral briefing to support committee hearings and produce reports to communicate committee findings. You will work closely with the MPs who chair and sit on the committee, as well as engaging with high-profile individuals and organisations in the public, private and third sectors within the committee’s areas of interest.

There is an urgent need to fill the vacancy, so you are encouraged to submit your application in the first instance.

Interviews are due to commence on 8th and/or 10th June 2021

What are we looking for from you?

The successful candidate will possess and be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Experience of researching unfamiliar topics 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.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, able to explain complex information clearly, impartially and succinctly to a non-specialist audience.
  •  Strong interpersonal, teamwork and negotiating skills. Able to build and maintain a broad range of effective working relationships whilst promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

  • 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.

  • A detailed knowledge and understanding of issues within science and technology policy areas, with relevant policy, research, practical or scrutiny experience and knowledge of the roles of the key individuals and organisations in the field.

So, what’s next?

We would like you to submit your application form on the House of Commons portal. On your form please demonstrate using examples how you meet criteria 1 to 5 from the job description. More information and the full criteria can be found on the job description. 

This Vacancy is closed to applications.