Economic Affairs Committee seeks Specialist Advisers for new inquiry

28 July 2017

The Economic Affairs Committee is looking for experts on the economics of higher education, further education and vocational training to provide specialist advice to its inquiry.

Role of the specialist adviser

The specialist adviser will be expected to:

  • Brief the Chairman and the Committee orally and in writing.
  • Provide advice and briefing to Committee staff.
  • Advise on the selection of witnesses to achieve a broad range of views.
  • Advise on possible questions for witnesses.
  • Attend most Committee meetings during the inquiry.
  • Check and advise on the content of the Committee’s draft report.

The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Established expertise in the fields of higher and/or further education funding and policy. It is expected that the specialist adviser will be an academic undertaking current research in the field or have significant policy expertise.
  2. The ability to give authoritative oral briefing to the Committee on the subject of the inquiry.
  3. Clear and succinct drafting and the ability to explain complex subjects to a non-expert audience.
  4. Excellent understanding of the political and economic context and the range of views on inquiry topic.
  5. The ability to offer the committee impartial advice, regardless of any personal or professional interest. The adviser should avoid being seen to favour a particular viewpoint when dealing with contentious issues.

As the inquiry topic covers a number of specialist fields, the Committee will consider appointing two advisers who can cover different aspects inquiry. For example one specialist on higher education and financing and, a second on further and vocation education and policy

Further information

The role is part-time, remunerated by a daily fee. It is expected that an adviser would spend up to one day each week working for the Committee (half a day if two advisers are appointed) over the course of the inquiry.

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter setting out their suitability for the post to wallera@parliament.uk by or on midnight on 4 September. Interviews are likely to take place in early September. The appointment is subject to the approval of the committee.

For more information about the committee or the post of specialist adviser please contact the clerk, Ayeesha Waller, at wallera@parliament.uk or on 020 7219 5358.

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