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Specialist Adviser role with the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

12 June 2019

The House of Commons, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee (DCMS) is looking for a specialist adviser for its inquiry into ‘Reality TV'. Your role will be to supplement existing internal expertise, providing advice to staff and MPs (for example, making input to briefing documents, advising on useful background information and the strategic direction of the inquiry.

The Committee

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee monitors the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and its associated bodies, including the BBC. Previous inquires carried out by the Committee include Disinformation and fake news, BBC pay, Live music and Sports governance. The Committee is chaired by Damian Collins MP. The terms of reference for the inquiry are available here.

The role and eligibility

We are looking for a motivated and confident specialist adviser who can work well within a small team and has the following skills:

  • Proven expertise in the subject, with applications particularly welcomed from (but not limited to) experts in sociology, mental health and media studies;
  • Providing feedback and commenting on a variety of draft written products, using research/academic skills to ensure robust analysis of evidence;
  • Experience of working with policymakers and interacting with Parliament, charities, think tanks and other governmental bodies;
  • Providing information about useful organisations and individuals who can provide evidence;
  • Advising the Committee Chair, Members and staff on issues within the sector;
  • Understanding of safeguarding and supporting vulnerable groups; and
  • The ability to explain complex information clearly and succinctly.

Time commitment

This post will run from late June for up to six months. Advisers are expected to work no more than two days in a week on a flexible basis, although in practical terms the workload may be substantially less. A daily honorarium is paid to advisers on the basis of an established scale (further information available on application.)

Application process

Applicants should send their CV/portfolio to cmscom@parliament.uk and a short covering letter outlining:

  • Your expertise regarding the reality TV sector;
  • Previous examples of your work in a policy context and your understanding of the work carried out by select committees;
  • The amount of time you can commit to the inquiry;
  • Your ability to take on work at short notice if required.

If your application is successful, you will be asked to declare any interests. These will be published on the Committee's website.

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

The deadline for applications is 6pm on Friday 21 June 2019.

Contacts for Enquiries and Applications 

If you require additional information about the post please contact Mems Ayinla, Second Clerk, ayinlam@parliament.uk.

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