Specialist Adviser vacancy for Committee scrutiny of 'Global Britain'

10 November 2017

The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee is inviting applications from individuals interested in being a Specialist Adviser to the Committee on the subject of ‘Global Britain’, the concept framing the UK’s international engagement as it prepares to leave the European Union.

The Committee

The FAC is a cross-party select committee of 11 MPs, chaired by Tom Tugendhat MP. It scrutinises the expenditure, administration and policy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its associated public bodies.

The Committee will be addressing the subject of Global Britain as part of its wider work in the coming months, and may wish to launch a more focused inquiry in the future. The role is likely to last for up to a year.

The Role

The Committee wishes to hear from applicants who:

  • can demonstrate detailed knowledge of the UK’s current engagement in international affairs, across the range of diplomatic, development, military and soft power activity
  • can demonstrate insight into the geostrategic challenges facing the UK as it leaves the European Union;
  • can suggest from experience which individuals and organisations the Committee should consult on this subject
  • are familiar with the advocacy positions or political affiliations that are held by these individuals and organisations, and with the policy debates relevant to the inquiry terms of reference
  • are not themselves associated with an advocacy position relating to this subject
  • can demonstrate a strong network of contacts on this subject.

The ability to provide clear and concise advice orally and in writing to politicians and/or 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 this subject. 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 scrutiny of the FCO’s implementation of Global Britain
  • 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, and you may be asked to accompany the Committee on any visit in connection with the subject. The Committee will meet connected, necessary expenses.

Specialist Adviser appointments are in the public domain.

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, active membership of a relevant campaign group or political party, or the involvement of a close family member in the area of specialism. Declared interests from successful applicants will be published.

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 6pm on Tuesday 21 November 2017. If you have any questions about the role, please contact the Committee team on 020 7219 3498.

Further information

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