The House of Commons Transport Select Committee is looking for a rail expert to provide specialist advice on a consultancy basis.
Applicants should be prepared to provide expert advice to committee members on rail matters on request, both in writing and in oral presentations. Advice may be requested generally (for example, to help explain Government policy on franchising or rolling stock) or in relation to a specific committee inquiry (for example, to read and comment on written evidence, suggest witnesses for oral evidence and help with the preparation of briefing notes and draft reports). Successful applicants will work closely with committee support staff in the preparation of advice, briefing material and reports for the committee.
The successful applicant will:
• have a profound understanding of the rail industry and Government policy on rail and good contacts with the main players in the industry;
• have excellent written and oral communication skills, including demonstrable experience of working with politicians and/or senior decision makers;
• be able to attend committee meetings in London when required to do so and to work to tight deadlines; and
• respect the confidentiality of committee proceedings.
Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Select Committee, said:
"A specialist adviser can provide invaluable assistance to the committee in getting to grips with Government policy on rail. In return, he or she can gain an insight into the work of Parliament, and the vital scrutiny function of a select committee."
Information and notes for those wishing to apply
The appointment is for 12 months, with the option of renewal at the end of this period. Advisers are paid for the days they work for the committee plus expenses. Rates are dependent upon experience and knowledge.
Anyone who is interested in taking this role is asked to provide a statement of no more than 750 words (a) giving examples of how they meet the criteria listed above and (b) suggesting, with reasons, three rail topics on which the Committee might consider holding inquiries. Applicants should send their statements and a current CV to the Transport Select Committee at [email protected] by Monday 31 January 2011.
For further information, please contact Mark Egan, Committee Clerk, on 020 7219 6242 or [email protected]