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Vacancy: Specialist Adviser to the DCMS Committee

21 April 2021

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee (DCMS) is looking for a specialist adviser for its inquiry into Influencer culture.

Your role will be to supplement existing internal expertise by providing advice to staff and MPs (for example, by making input to briefing documents, advising on useful background information and the strategic direction of the inquiry).

The Committee

The DCMS Committee monitors the policy, administration and expenditure of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and its associated bodies, including the BBC.

Inquires carried out by the Committee include Misinformation in the COVID-19 'Infodemic', The future of public service broadcasting, Broadband and the road to 5G and Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors.

The Committee is chaired by Julian Knight MP.

The role and eligibility

We are looking for motivated and confident specialist advisers 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 advertising, digital media and/or digital culture
  • Providing feedback and commenting on a variety of draft written products, using research/academic skills, to ensure robust analysis of evidence
  • 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
  • The ability to explain complex information clearly and succinctly

Time commitment

This post will run from mid-May for up to six months, with the possibility of an extension.

Advisers are expected to work no more than one day per 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 influencer culture and digital media
  • 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 5pm on Wednesday 5 May 2021.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present a short, 10 minute introduction on influencers and influencer culture to Committee MPs, who may then ask questions for a further 10 minutes. 

We hope to schedule that for a Thursday afternoon in the last two weeks in May.

The successful candidate will then be notified by email.

Contacts for Enquiries and Applications

If you require additional information about the post please contact Stephen McGinness, Clerk, or Conor Durham, Committee Specialist.

Further information

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