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Specialist adviser vacancy for the changing Arctic inquiry

16 April 2018

The Environmental Audit Select Committee (EAC) is inviting expressions of interest from individuals interested in being a specialist adviser to the Committee’s inquiry into the UK's role in Arctic sustainability.

The Committee

The EAC is a cross-party select committee of 16 MPs, chaired by Mary Creagh MP. It scrutinises the performance of Government departments and agencies on sustainable development and environmental protection.

The terms of reference for the inquiry can be found on the Committee's website. The role is likely to run from June until October 2018.

The Role

The Committee would like to hear from individuals who have expert knowledge of:

  • UK governance of the Arctic
  • The impact of Brexit on UK Arctic policy
  • Business standards and responsible development in the Arctic

Preference will be given to applicants who can discuss and explain with confidence across a range of difference issues.

As a specialist adviser, you will be working with the Committee secretariat on an ad hoc basis to provide authoritative advice in relation to this inquiry. Only in exceptional circumstances would you be asked to do more than two days’ work in a particular week. You would be paid a daily honorarium on the basis of work done. Most of the work can be done remotely, although you will be expected to attend at least some of the Committees’ meetings in Westminster.

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

  • Commenting on draft documents produced by the Committee secretariat;
  • Writing briefing notes for the Committee;
  • Attend Committee meetings and provide oral briefings when required.

Application Process

To express interest please send a CV, covering letter and a declaration of relevant interests to the email address below. In your covering letter you should set out how your expertise is relevant to this inquiry, an indication of 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, active membership of a relevant campaign group or political party or involvement in an organisation that will be submitting evidence to the inquiry. Declared interests from successful applicants will be published.

Expressions of interest should be sent to eacom@parliament.uk no later than 5pm on Wednesday 16 May 2018. You may be asked to attend an interview with the Committee Chair in Westminster on the afternoon of Monday 4 June 2018.

If you have any questions about the role you can contact the Committee team on 020 7219 0715 or on the email address above.

Further information

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