Westminster, Greater London

Upon Application

Permanent, Full-time

88212

Job Description

Senior Researcher (Parliamentary Affairs) 

Created as a business solution to a social problem, The Big Issue was founded in 1991 to provide vulnerably housed people with a legal way to earn money. Big Issue vendors buy The Big Issue magazine for £1.25 and sell it for £2.50, earning £1.25 for each copy that they sell. 

Position: Senior Researcher (Lord Bird Office) 
Location: Westminster / Finsbury Park 
Job type: Full Time, Permanent 
Hours: 35 hours per week 
Salary: Upon Application 
Benefits: As well as a salary commensurate with our sector, we are proud of our family-friendly staff benefits. We offer 3 days paid leave in a rolling year to care for a sick child or grandchild, 3 days paid leave in a rolling year to care for a sick or elderly relative, an incremental holiday scheme, life cover, a healthcare cash plan, access to an open learning library and other learning & development opportunities, an enhanced contribution into our workplace pension and a generous maternity package. 

Closing date: 5 September 2019 
Interview date: Week commencing 9 September (flexible) 
Start date: Week commencing 16 September (flexible) 

About the role: 

The Lord Bird MBE, founder of The Big Issue and Crossbench peer, is looking for a full-time, senior parliamentary researcher to further his and The Big Issue Group mission of dismantling poverty by creating opportunity. 

Responsibilities: 

- Leading on policy development, research and briefing across a range of issues centred on poverty prevention and protecting the interests of future generations. 
- Supporting the management of Lord Bird’s parliamentary office, including overseeing other members of staff and liaising with colleagues in The Big Issue Group. 
- Supporting the planning, coordination and execution of campaigns, events and conferences. 
- Assisting with administrative duties, including social media, correspondence and diary management. 

About you: 

The successful candidate will have experience of working in the UK Parliament, ideally in an MP’s or peer’s office, with an ability to cover a range of policy areas. They will require the confidence to effectively develop and communicate complex research and policy outcomes to a range of audiences, and an ability to adapt quickly in a dynamic work environment. 

The Big Issue wishes to thank all applicants for their interest and will reply only to those applicants invited for interview. 

The Big Issue is striving towards equal opportunities. 

You may have experience of the following: Senior Researcher, Researcher, Parliamentary Researcher, Parliamentary Aide, Parliamentary Affairs Officer, Campaigns, Campaigning, Events Management, Administrator, Administration, etc. 

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