Job: Policy analyst for House of Lords committees including post-legislative review of Mental Capacity Act 2005

Salary: £33,767 – £42,263

Application deadline: 18 April 2013

The House of Lords has recently decided to establish four ad hoc committees in the next session. It is expected these will focus on international affairs and soft diplomacy, the Olympic and Paralympic legacy and regeneration and post-legislative reviews of the Inquiries Act 2005 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Policy analysts work as part of a small staff team attached to a particular committee or sub-committee, headed by the clerk, who is the postholder’s line manager. Some staff, including policy analysts, work for more than one committee. Working under the direction of and in support of the relevant clerk, the main responsibilities of the post include:

  • Researching subjects to be investigated by the committee and writing background briefing notes.
  • Identifying prospective witnesses and specialist advisers, and contacting them as required; assisting in organising the giving of evidence, and in preparing possible questions that members may wish to ask witnesses.
  • Liaising with a range of people with an interest in the committee’s work, such as civil servants, representatives from the private sector, pressure groups and other bodies and the public, and maintaining contacts.
  • Analysing and summarising evidence submitted to the committee, and drafting briefing notes on key issues.
  • Briefing the chairman of the committee and committee members orally.
  • Participating, with the clerk, in the drafting of committee reports as required.
  • Any other support required by the committee, for example organising visits or seminars.

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