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Specialist Adviser on safeguarding sought by Committee

4 February 2019

The International Development Committee is inviting applications from individuals interested in being a Specialist Adviser on Safeguarding to the Committee.

The Committee

The International Development Committee (IDC) is a cross-party select committee of 11 MPs, chaired by Stephen Twigg MP. It monitors the policy, administration and spending of the Department for International Development (DFID) and its associated public bodies and takes an interest in the policies and procedures of the multilateral agencies and non-government organisations to which DFID contributes.

The Role

Following its recent inquiry into sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector, the Committee wishes to appoint a specialist adviser from amongst applicants who fulfil the following criteria:

  • an experienced safeguarding professional, with a focus on adult safeguarding;
  • detailed knowledge of safeguarding issues, policy and best practice, ideally (but not necessarily) within the context of humanitarian relief and/or international development;
  • able to provide clear and concise briefing and advice, in writing and orally, to senior decision-makers; and
  • able to demonstrate ability to work in the UK. 

As a Specialist Adviser, you will be working with the Committee staff on an ad hoc basis to provide authoritative advice in relation to this subject. Work demands from the Committee are likely to be irregular and unpredictable. Only in exceptional circumstances would you be asked to do more than one day of work in a particular week and it would normally be less than this. You would be paid a daily honorarium on the basis of work done.
Examples of the types of work you may be asked to do include:

  • providing analysis and advice to the Committee staff and members on evidence provided to the Committee on the safeguarding policy and practice of organisations operating within the Committee's remit of interest;
  • providing advice to the Committee staff on issues of safeguarding concern and best practice, including correspondence and other interactions with potentially vulnerable people;
  • commenting on draft itineraries in advance of Committee visits during which the Committee may meet with vulnerable individuals; and
  • briefing Members directly in advance of meetings with vulnerable individuals. 

You would be expected to work within the Parliamentary Safeguarding policy. The role may involve attendance at Committee meetings in London. The Committee will meet connected, necessary expenses.

Select Committee Specialist Adviser appointments are in the public domain.

Application process

To apply please send a CV, covering letter and a declaration of relevant interests to the email address below. In your covering letter you should indicate how your expertise is relevant to this subject, the amount of time you could realistically devote to Committee work, and your ability to take on work at short notice if required.
Your declaration of interests should include anything that a reasonable person might consider could influence the advice you give the Committee. For example, a relevant financial interest, active membership of a relevant campaign group or political party, or the involvement of a close family member in the area of specialism. The declared interests of the successful applicant will be published.

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

Deadline for applications

Your application should be sent to no later than Friday 22 February 2019 with “SEA specialist adviser” as the email title.
If you have any questions about the role in advance of making an application, please contact the Committee team on 020 7219 1223 or via email at (again with “SEA specialist adviser” as the email title). 

Further information

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