Parliamentary Assistant position – position now filled

The Parliamentary Assistant will be based at Westminster and will assist the Senior Parliamentary Assistant, for example with policy research and national casework. The post holder will also liaise with the Communications officer in the maintenance and updating of the MP’s website. Excellent communication and organisational skills and case work experience are essential requirements.

­  Job description
   
The Office of DEBBIE ABRAHAMS MP
Employee Name  
Job Title PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT
Reporting to SENIOR PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT
Main Purpose SUPPORT MEMBER IN THE PERFOMANCE OF THEIR PARLIAMENTARY & CONSTITUENCY DUTIES
Staff Responsibilities N/A
 
Key Tasks
  • Carry out research into local, regional and international issues as required, ensuring the Member is made aware of any relevant issues
  • Identify any issues to assist the Member in their parliamentary work.

 

Key Responsibilities
  • Respond effectively and courteously to routine correspondence and enquiries from constituents.
  • Undertake research, usually from readily available sources, on straightforward subjects.
  • Analyse and evaluate research and interpret data, ensuring key issues are identified.
  • Prepare, and present results both orally and in writing e.g. for parliamentary questions, briefing notes for committees, articles and press releases.
  • Provide briefings and potential questions to the Member and motions to be put to the house.
  • Monitor bills, Early Day Motions, legislation, Hansard, debates, etc.
  • Support the communications officer including adding/updating material for the website
  • Progress casework through liaison with local and national bodies, government agencies, lobby groups, etc.
  • Prepare reports on various policy issues and on case work activity (fortnightly).
  • Maintain, update and develop knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Ensure records are kept, with details of each issue by adhering to the Data Protection Act principles and respect the confidentiality of data at all times
  • Communicate effectively with both internal and external contacts.
  • May develop knowledge in specialist areas as required by the Member.
  • Competent use of IT including Microsoft Office package, email and internet to: draft correspondence and    reports; set up and maintain spreadsheets and undertake research.
  • Provide monthly case work activity reports.
Any other duties related to the post and appropriate to the pay band as directed and agreed by the Member.
Member Signature    
Date    
PERSON SPECIFICATION
Criteria Essential Desirable Assessed
Qualifications 

  • Degree or equivalent
 Yes    Application
Experience      
  • Casework and caseworker software
Yes   Application & interview
  • Working in a political environment
Yes  
  • Working for an MP
  Yes
Skills      
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Yes    
  • Excellent organisational skills
Yes    
  • Computer literate – able to use various software
Yes   Application & interview
  • Report writing – prepare reports
Yes  
  • Research skills – able to undertake comprehensive searches
  • access, analyse and assimilate data from different sources
  Yes
  • Website – able to maintain and update website
  Yes
  • Advocacy
  Yes

Recruitment process

Applications including a covering letter and curriculum vitae should be sent to:
Debbie Abrahams MP
Lord Chambers
11 Church Lane
Oldham
OL1 3AN

Please mark the left hand corner of the envelope ‘Job Application’

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 12th August 2011.
Please note: I expect a large volume of applications and unfortunately will not be able to invite every applicant for an interview. If you have not heard from me by 21st August I am afraid you will have been unsuccessful this time and I wish you the very best of luck in your job search.

Interviews will take place in Oldham on Wednesday 31st August 2011 (case workers) and Friday 1st September 2011 (Parliamentary assistants).

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