Applications invited for Specialist Adviser role

15 January 2018

The House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) are inviting applications from individuals interested in being a Specialist Adviser to the Committees.

The Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) are four House of Commons Select Committees who work together to scrutinise arms export controls. These Committees are the Defence Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the International Development Committee and the International Trade Committee. Any Member of one of these four cross-party Committees can participate in CAEC’s work, however each Committee has nominated certain of its Members to regularly participate in CAEC.

The Role

As a Specialist Adviser, you will be working with the Committees’ secretariat on an ad hoc basis to provide authoritative advice to the Committees on arms export controls.

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

  • working with the Committees’ secretariat on the planning and conduct of the Committees’ work;
  • contributing to briefing material for the Committees; and
  • attending meetings of the Committees and providing oral briefings when required.

The role will involve attendance at the Committees’ meetings in London. The Committees will meet connected, necessary expenses.

Work demands from the Committees 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. Any appointment will initially be for 12 months, with the possibility of renewal.


The Committees wish to hear from applicants who:

  • can suggest from experience which individuals and organisations the Committees should consult on arms export controls;
  • are familiar with the advocacy positions or political affiliations that are held by these individuals and organisations, and with the policy debates relevant to CAEC;
  • are open and clear about any advocacy position that they have taken relating to this subject;
  • can demonstrate a strong network of contacts on this subject;
  • are familiar with the Government’s annual and quarterly reports on arms export controls, and the arms export licensing process; and
  • are able to provide clear and concise advice orally and in writing to politicians and/or senior decision-makers.

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 you consider you meet the above criteria, the amount of time you could realistically devote to this work, and your ability to take on work at short notice if required. You should also confirm that you are able to attend meetings in London when required (this is likely to be around once a month).

Your declaration of interests should include anything that a reasonable person might consider could influence the advice you give the Committees. 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. Specialist Adviser appointments are in the public domain.

Deadline for applications

Applications should be sent to caeccom@parliament.uk no later than 5pm on 1 February 2018. If you have any questions about the role, please contact the CAEC secretariat on 020 7219 1318.

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

Further information

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