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Committee is seeking to appoint a Specialist Adviser

14 July 2015

The International Development Committee is looking for an expert on international development policy to provide specialist advice on a consultancy basis.

Applicants should be prepared to provide expert advice to committee members on matters pertaining to the subject on request, both in writing and in oral presentations. Advice may be requested generally or in relation to a specific committee inquiry (for example, to read and comment on written evidence, suggest witnesses for oral evidence and help with the preparation of briefing notes and draft reports). Successful applicants will work closely with committee support staff in the preparation of advice, briefing material and reports for the Committee, particularly in relation to the Committee's forthcoming inquiry into the Sustainable Development Goals.

The successful applicant will:

  • have a profound understanding of public policy issues relating to international development, good contacts with main players in the field and an awareness of best practice from DFID and other donors;
  • have excellent written and oral communication skills, including demonstrable experience of working with politicians and/or senior decision makers;
  • be able to attend committee meetings in London when required to do so and to work to tight deadlines; and
  • respect the confidentiality of committee proceedings.

Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the International Development Committee, said:

“A specialist adviser can provide invaluable assistance to the committee in getting to grips with Government policy on international development. In return, he or she can gain an insight into the work of Parliament, and the vital scrutiny function of a select committee.”

Information and notes for those wishing to apply

The appointment is for the duration of the 2015-16 Parliamentary session, with the option of renewal at the end of this period. Advisers are paid for the days they work for the committee plus expenses. Rates are dependent upon experience and knowledge.

Anyone who is interested in taking this role is asked to provide a statement of no more than 750 words (a) giving examples of how they meet the criteria listed above, and (b) suggesting, with reasons, three issues which the Committee should focus on in its new inquiry on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Applicants should send their statements and a current CV to the International Development Committee at by Monday 24 August.

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