This is a excellent opportunity for a disabled person (including D/deaf) to gain valuable experience working on a research project and providing clerical support for a Member of the Scottish Parliament. This opportunity will be mainly working remotely from home with some potential visits to the Scottish Parliament and Constituency Offices, subject to on-going Scottish Government advice.
Accountable to: Jeremy Balfour Conservative MSP for Lothian Region / Constituency Office Manager
Contract: 420 hours, equivalent of 12 weeks full time. Hours of work flexible to be agreed between successful candidate and MSP, ending February 2021 at the latest.
Location: It is anticipated this role will be predominantly home working with possible visits to Scottish Parliament and Constituency office, subject to on-going Scottish Government advice
Closing date: 10.00 am on Monday 24 August 2020.
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation recruitment for this internship may be delayed, therefore we are unable to provide an interview date at the moment. We will keep all candidates updated on developments. Please get in touch with the internships team if you have any queries.
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The Scottish Parliament was established in 1999 to debate issues and make law for Scotland. It is made up of 129 elected representatives, who are known as members of the Scottish Parliament or MSP’s. This research opportunity is with Jeremy Balfour Conservative MSP for Lothian Region
As a Research Assistant working for Jeremy Balfour MSP and his Constituency Office, the successful candidate will undertake and lead on a piece of research work as decided between the MSP and the intern. This will be based on the skills and interests of the intern and needs of the MSP’s local and national remit. In addition, they will support the on-going work of the Constituency Office, undertaking general administrative support and constituency work as required. This is an ideal opportunity for applicants who have an interest in research, current affairs and the work of the Scottish Parliament to gain valuable experience and knowledge of its workings, while gaining a practical insight into the workings of a busy Constituency Office.
Main duties and tasks
In addition to undertaking and leading on a piece of primary research to be identified and agreed. The successful candidate will support the work of the MSP and their Constituency Office. This will include attending meetings with the MSP and / or office staff ( subject to Scottish Government advice on Covid 19.)
Support events, including booking rooms, inviting guests and speakers. Diary management, undertaking additional research work, on topics as required, writing briefs and assisting with Parliamentry work.
Essential skills and experience:
While there are no specific qualifications required for this role, you should be able to demonstrate skills, knowledge and some experience in the following:
- An interest in current affairs, politics and the workings of the Scottish Parliament.
- Previous experience, knowledge or interest in conducting primary research.
- Experience of making presentations
- Ability to work on own or as part of a team.
- Take initiative and meet deadlines
- Good planning and organisational skills and ability to prioritise
- Write reports, letters and emails
- Experience and knowledge of Microsoft packages and use of IT systems
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities.
- Have a clear need for the opportunity, and be able to show how it will help you overcome barriers to achieving your career goals. (this is assessed in the sections motivation for applying, skills development, and current employment status.)
- Must define as Deaf or disabled which includes physical, sensory and mental impairments, autistic spectrum, learning disabilities, learning difficulties such as dyslexia or long term health conditions. (You do not need to give details in the supporting statement unless you wish to. If you do, this will not be removed from the application before the shortlisting panel sees it.)
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Completed applications to be forwarded by 10:00 am on Monday 24 August 2020 to:
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