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Deputy House of Commons Representative to the EU - Brussels

Organisation information:

The UK House of Commons established a National Parliament Office in Brussels in 1999. The office is staffed by one House of Commons Representative, supported by a Deputy Representative. The House of Lords also has a Representative in Brussels. The office is based in the European Parliament premises along with counterparts from other national Parliaments.

 Job Description:

The role of the Office is to provide briefing, advice and analysis to the Committees, Members and Staff of the House of Commons. In particular, it acts as the "eyes and ears" of the European Scrutiny Committee which, acting on behalf of the House, examines a wide range of EU documents and reports on their legal and political importance. The office also provides a representational and liaison service for the House with the EU institutions and other stakeholders, and provides assistance when Members and officials from the House of Commons visit Brussels. 

Job Responsibilities:

To contribute to the main output of the office: a weekly report for Members of Parliament on key events in the EU institutions; to follow key policy developments using a variety of sources and contacts, to assimilate and evaluate this information, and to produce high quality, impartial and timely briefing. To develop strategic partnerships for the benefit of the office and the House of Commons more widely by building and maintaining good working relationships with UK MEPs and their offices, as well as others across the EU institutions.

 To develop strategic partnerships for the benefit of the office and the House of Commons more widely by building and maintaining good working relationships with UK MEPs and their offices, as well as others across the EU institutions.

  To work with the House of Commons Representative in preparing and delivering the parliamentary dimension of the UK's Presidency of the EU in 2017.

  To put together and lead.

  To research information on EU policies for House of Commons Committees; proactively provide information to Committees on key policy issues and EU engagement and to give strategic guidance to them on issues on which they may base future work.

  To work with the House of Commons Representative in preparing and delivering the parliamentary dimension of the UK's Presidency of the EU in 2017.

  To put together and lead on the delivery of EU-related training and study visits to the EU institutions for officials in the House of Commons.

  To produce a weekly document summarising EU-related business in the House of Commons.

  To provide briefing and practical support for Members of Parliament and staff attending interparliamentary meetings in the European Parliament.

  To maintain relations with the House of Lords Representative, conducting joint work where required.

  To work regularly in Strasbourg for European Parliament plenary sessions and Westminster where required.

 

Job Qualifications:

Essential:

· Strong understanding of the role and functioning of the EU institutions and some experience of European affairs and/or specific EU policy areas.

 · Strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to present an argument clearly and persuasively, varying your communication style to suit your audience.

 · Strong interpersonal skills; a proven team player as well as the ability to form professional relationships with a range of contacts.

· Excellent organisational skills.

 · Ability to work autonomously and under pressure; this will include familiarizing yourself quickly with often complex issues.

 · Strict political impartiality and no engagement in political activities for the duration of the appointment.

· Fluent written and spoken English.

 · Flexibility to travel where required.

 · Available to work extended hours.

 Desirable:

 · Previous experience in working with the European institutions.

 · Knowledge of other languages, particularly French.

 How to Apply:

All applicants should have the right to live and work in Belgium. The British Embassy does not sponsor work permits. All applicants should submit their CV (in English, up to 3 pages), and a Covering Letter (in English, no more than 1 page of A4, font size Arial 11) setting out their motivation for the role and how they meet the above criteria.

Applications should be sent to jobapplications.BEL@fco.gov.uk with the email subject line: BEL177 The closing date for applications is Monday 27 April 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in May, with the postholder taking up the role in midJune, depending on availability. Kindly note that your application will only be considered if:

1 Your application has been sent within the time frame requested.

2 Your application documents are fully in English.

3 Your applications documents are in .pdf format.