Job opportunity: Chance to work for Stephen in Westminster

The opportunity has arisen to work for Stephen as a Parliamentary Assistant/Researcher in his Westminster office. Full details are as follows:

Job Details

Stephen is looking for an experienced Parliamentary Assistant/Researcher, self-starting, with excellent relationship and communication skills, an attention to detail, the ability to handle complex issues, undertake administrative tasks and manage a busy Westminster diary, and an ability to prepare briefings, speeches and correspondence.

Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience working on any, or all, of the following issues: Foreign Affairs (especially Africa/South Asia); Defence; Economy/Business; International Development; Energy/Climate Change; Wales.

Interests in equalities, music and arts would also be desirable.

Previous experience of a similar role would be helpful, but candidates with a wide range of educational and employment backgrounds should consider applying. This is a full-time position, but some limited flexibility may be available. Evening working may be required, for which appropriate time off in lieu will be given. Stephen is an equal opportunities employer.


Key Criteria

Educated to degree level in a relevant subject area. A post-graduate qualification would be an advantage.

2 years’ minimum experience in a similar role working for an elected representative, or in a policy role in the public, private or voluntary sectors.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to undertake desk based research.

Ability to work autonomously, with minimal day-to-day direction.

Ability to manage a busy diary and respond to external enquiries, effectively and efficiently.


Key Responsibilities

Deal with daily enquiries.

Carry out research into local, regional and international issues as required, including in relation to constituency enquiries.

Prepare briefings, speaking notes, speeches and articles as required.

Monitor Parliamentary business, and ensure Stephen is appropriately supported for meetings, debates and other events.

Liaise on behalf of Stephen with national organisations and individuals.

Undertake other administrative duties, including diary, as required.


Closing Date
9am at 2 November, 2015
Weeks commencing November 2 and 9, 2015, in London.
Start Date
As soon as possible by mutual agreement.
How to apply:

Please send:

  • 1 page cover letter explaining why you meet the requirements for the position.
  • 2 page CV.
  • In 1 page, write a speech/article outline, critiquing current UK government foreign policy in one or more areas.
  • Two referees (most recent manager, one other professional who must not be a family member).

The above should be emailed to this address by no later than 9am on Monday, November 2, 2015 and marked “Stephen Doughty MP – Parliamentary Assistant” in the subject line.


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