Specialist Adviser vacancies for Defence Committee

05 February 2018

The House of Commons Defence Committee is inviting applications from individuals interested in joining a panel of Specialist Advisers to the Committee.

The Committee

The Defence Committee is a cross-party select committee of 11 MPs, chaired by the Rt Hon. Dr Julian Lewis MP. It scrutinises the expenditure, administration and policy of the Ministry of Defence and its associated public bodies.

The Committee intends to create a panel of experts from which to appoint Specialist Advisers for future inquiries. The Committee may also advertise in the future for Advisers for inquiries into particularly technical or detailed issues.

The Role

The Committee wishes to hear from applicants to join the panel who:

  • can demonstrate detailed knowledge of and insight into subjects or areas within the Committee’s remit
  • can suggest from experience which individuals and organisations the Committee should consult on a subject or area within the Committee’s remit
  • are not themselves associated with an advocacy position relating to this subject or area
  • can demonstrate a strong network of contacts on this subject or area.

Serving members of the Armed Forces are not eligible for the appointment. Retired personnel are unlikely to have the necessary range of experience unless they reached at least two star rank.

The ability to provide clear and concise advice orally and in writing to senior decision-makers is essential.

As a Specialist Adviser, you will be working with the Committee secretariat on an ad hoc basis to provide authoritative advice in relation to the subject of a particular inquiry. Work demands from the Committee are likely to be irregular and unpredictable. Only in exceptional circumstances would you be asked to do more than two days’ work in a particular week and it would normally be less than this. You would be paid a daily honorarium on the basis of work done.

Examples of the types of work you may be asked to do include:

  • working with the Committee secretariat, in particular the inquiry manager, on the planning and conduct of an inquiry into a subject chosen by the Committee
  • contributing to briefing material for the Committee
  • attending Committee meetings and providing oral briefings when required.

The role will involve attendance at Committee meetings in London. The Committee will meet connected and necessary expenses.

Specialist Adviser appointments are in the public domain and declared interests from successful applicants will be published.

Application Process

To apply please send a CV, covering letter and a declaration of relevant interests to the email address below. In your covering letter you should indicate how your expertise is relevant to this subject, the amount of time you could realistically devote to Committee work, and your ability to take on work at short notice if required.

Your declaration of interests should include anything that a reasonable person might consider could influence the advice you give the Committee. For example, a relevant financial interest, a relevant paid or unpaid consultancy role for a government or private sector body, active membership of a relevant campaign group or political party, or the involvement of a close family member in the area of specialism.

The Committee values diversity and encourages applications from people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Deadline for applications

Expressions of interest should be sent to no later than 5pm on 2 March 2018. If you have any questions about the role, please contact the Committee team on 020 7219 5857.

Further information

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