House of Lords Policy Analysts provide high-quality research support and analysis for House of Lords select committees, which investigate and report on a wide range of public policy issues.
The post-holder will be the Policy Analyst for the Lords Constitution Committee, a permanent, cross-party select committee. The Committee has two main roles: to scrutinise public bills for constitutional implications, which it then reports to the House of Lords; and to undertake investigative inquiries into broader constitutional issues and publish reports with recommendations aimed principally at the Government. Recent inquiries have looked at the Fixed-Term Parliament Act 2011, Brexit legislation and the constitutional implications of the Governments response to Covid-19.
The post-holder will be part of a team of three; the other team members are the Clerk (team leader) and the Committee Assistant. The post-holder will also work closely with two external, part-time legal advisers.
The main objective of the role is to undertake research, analysis and drafting in support of the work of the Lords Constitution Committee.
The successful candidate will have the following skills/experience:
Substantial knowledge of the UK constitution, including a sound understanding of the relationships between Parliament, the executive and the judiciary.
Familiarity with recent and proposed constitutional reforms.
Excellent research and drafting skills, including the ability to assimilate and summarise large volumes of material, and to produce high-quality work to tight deadlines.
Good political judgement, including the ability to produce objective and balanced work unaffected by the post-holders political or other views.
More information can be found in the job description.
All applicants must be based in the UK and confirm that they are able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.