Job descriptionPositions 1 Band / Grade B1 Salary £39,000 - £45,690 per annum Contract Type Permanent Working Pattern Full Time Location Hybrid (on-site and remote) Leave entitlement Starting at 30 days per annum, pro-rata Closing Date 3rd September 2023 at 23:55 Interview Date(s) Interviews are provisionally scheduled to take place week commencing 18th September 2023. House of Commons The House of Commons is a unique and exciting place to work right at the heart of the UK's thriving democratic system. Behind the scenes, the House of Commons Service is made up of more than 3,000 employees who support and facilitate the smooth day to day running of the House. They provide professional services to Members of Parliament, their staff, and the wider parliamentary community. Staff Benefits In addition to your salary, we offer an attractive range of benefits including: 30 days’ annual leave (increasing to 35 days after first full leave year). Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%. Access to training and development. Flexible working. Interest free season ticket loan and bicycle loan. Introduction The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is an office of both Houses of Parliament, supported by an advisory Board that includes Members of both Houses and external experts. It is the main link between the research community and the UK Parliament. POST is part of the wider House of Commons Research and Information team, which delivers research, information and other services for Members, their staff, House staff and the public. The Role The Energy Adviser provides impartial, non-partisan, and peer-reviewed briefings to Parliament on diverse public policy issues related to energy and climate change. The team is friendly and supportive. In your role you will work closely with other members of the team, as well as people from across Parliament and elsewhere, such as colleagues supporting select committees. The work is varied, involves communication with a wide range of people from different backgrounds, and it changes in response to the needs of Parliament Some of the responsibilities for this role include: Oversee the work related to energy and climate change mitigation in POST, including decisions on POST’s future work programme, and supervising academic researchers on placements with POST. Research, analyse and compile briefing material, drawing on external advice and expertise, to support the scrutiny of a wide range of subjects relating to the energy and climate change mitigation as approved by the POST Board. Research projects range from ad hoc briefings and providing advice on other advisers’ projects to more formal peer-reviewed briefings (‘POSTnotes’) that will require an ability to research areas you may not already be familiar with. Assist parliamentary select committees as requested, e.g. by providing written or oral briefings on energy and climate change related topics. Skills and Experience To be successful in this role you will demonstrate: A bachelor’s degree (2.2. or higher) AND a postgraduate qualification in a subject related to energy or climate change (e.g. MSc, MEng, PhD or EngD) OR relevant work experience Evidence of excellent research methods and analytical skills with demonstrable experience of gathering, critically appraising and impartially synthesising research and data from a range of sources and of distilling key issues in balanced outputs Evidence of people management skills, with experience of setting realistic objectives, monitoring performance, giving feedback, and supporting development - or the ability to develop these skills Demonstrable ability to build and maintain professional networks and successful working relationships with a wide range of people inside and outside the House at all levels and from all backgrounds, whilst promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion Excellent written and oral communication skills including demonstrable ability to explain complex scientific or technical information clearly, impartially, and succinctly to a non-specialist and specialist audiences. Ability to work autonomously, proactively plan, manage, and prioritise your own and others’ workload, including complex tasks or projects, to meet changing demands and tight deadlines, taking account of demands elsewhere in the team. Next Steps and Additional Information If you would like to apply for this role, please submit an application providing evidence against criteria 1 - 5 in the Job Description. More information on the role and the full criteria can be found in the Job Description. The interview process will include an interview and a written test. Further details will be provided if your application is shortlisted to the written test stage which is planned for 11th September 2023 but may be subject to change. Please note that most job offers will be made at the minimum of the salary range, other than in exceptional circumstances.
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