Vacancy: Senior Policy Researcher

Matthew is looking for a full time Senior Policy Researcher to work in his busy Westminster office and to support him in his role as Shadow Minister of State for Climate Change.

The successful applicant will have a strong record of policy and research work, in particular on issues related to climate change; an understanding of Parliament and the political landscape; and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Salary: £36,575 FT per annum

Please send your CV, and a letter detailing your experience and how you meet the requirements of the person specification to matthew.pennycook.mp@parliament.uk

Job description

  • Advise the Member of policy issues
  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues
  • Horizon-scanning, anticipate what advice or action may be required
  • Maintain and utilise knowledge of relevant legislation, including impact on the local constituency
  • Prepare and present results for the purposes of briefing notes for committees, parliamentary questions, articles and press releases
  • Monitor media coverage, liaise with media, and prepare press releases as required (on constituency, non-party-political matters)
  • Pro-active and re-active communications with all media
  • Research local, regional or national issues to support the MPs’ work
  • Respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from lobbyists and pressure groups
  • To advise and ensure the MP is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the House
  • To produce and present high quality written reports, briefing notes, and professional advice
  • There may be a requirement for the role holder to work outside of normal working hours, including assisting with events with the MP as requested

Person specification

  • An ability to research and provide comprehensive, accurate, and objective briefing, in writing and orally, on complex policy issues in relation to Matthew’s frontbench brief and to his constituency.
  • An excellent awareness of the policy and political context affecting Matthew’s brief and his constituency
  • An understanding of parliament, its role, processes, and its relationship to devolved and local government
  • Experience of dealing with and responding to policy stakeholders, the research community, campaigners and pressure groups, and the media
  • Successful experience of influencing decision-makers, campaigning or effecting policy change
  • An ability to develop opportunities for stakeholder engagement and to manage stakeholder events
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proven record of effective working as a member of a small team
  • Sympathy with the values and objectives of the Labour party, and a demonstrable commitment to climate action and climate justice

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO).

Closing Date: 17 May 2020

Interviews will take place via digital link in the w/c 18 May. Please let us know if you need us to make any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the interview process.