Foreign Affairs Committee

Session 2002 - 2003: Wednesday 21st May 2003




Job Vacancy

FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE SPECIALIST

DEPARTMENT OF THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE

Starting salary in the range of £22,362 pa - £33,505 pa depending on qualifications and experience

This is a 2 year fixed term appointment (with the possibility of extension for a further 1 or 2 years)

The Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons is seeking a Committee Specialist to assist with its inquiries. The task of the Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and associated public bodies. Further information about the Committee can be found at:      http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/foreign_affairs_committee.cfm

The task of the Committee Specialist is to assist the Clerk and other staff of the Committee in preparing briefing material, drafting reports and conducting analysis for the Committee in support of its inquiries, organising evidence for the Committee and accompanying the Committee on visits.

The successful candidate will need to have good interpersonal and communication skills, and excellent written and spoken English. He or she will show understanding of current UK foreign policy and the work of the FAC in scrutinising UK foreign policy. Recent expertise in a particular geographical or subject area will be of use to the Committee, but the Committee Specialist will be called upon to provide briefing over the whole range of the Committee's work. To reflect the currently anticipated emphases of the Committee, up-to-date knowledge of European Union institutions and procedures will be necessary. Knowledge of public administration would be advantageous.

Candidates are required to have at least a second class honours degree, or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant subject, as well as two years' relevant work experience.

Excellent service conditions apply: generous annual leave starting at 28 days, a choice of final salary or stakeholder pension, interest-free season ticket loan, child care vouchers, membership of an in-house gym is available on payment of a small fee. There is the opportunity to apply for other positions within the House of Commons Service, subject to satisfactorily completing a probationary period of nine months.

The appointment will begin in September 2003.

Applications from candidates wishing to apply for a secondment will be considered.

For more details and an application form (to be returned by Monday 9 June 2003) write to Capita RAS, Innovation Court, New Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7JB or telephone 0870 169 9723 (24 hours).

Internet: www.capitaras.co.uk

Please quote reference B7146.