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Post: Internship

Division: Legislative Services 

Grade: £20,402 (Pay Band 2; Spine Point 11)​

Pattern of Working: This is a full-time post – 37 hours per week. Alternative working arrangements will be considered, subject to meeting the needs of the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald. The post holder may occasionally be required to work evenings and weekends.

Responsible to: Research and Scrutiny Support Manager (Francisca Gale)

Responsible for: No formal line management

Closing date: Friday 24th June 2022 at 5 pm

Start date: September 2022​

Interviews will be held the week beginning 11 July 2022 ​


About this role 

We are looking for a Parliamentary Intern to join the Research and Scrutiny Support team, part of the Legislative Services division of the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald.  The team delivers parliamentary research services for Members, Committees and Clerk of Tynwald’s Office staff, supports the clerking of the scrutiny Committees, and provides administrative services for all Committees of Tynwald.  

This role will give you the opportunity to develop your skills in a variety of areas as you will be directly involved in providing Members of Tynwald with the information and analysis they need in their parliamentary roles and supporting parliamentary Committees as they examine and challenge the work of Government.  There will also be the opportunity to get involved in projects working across other parliamentary service areas.  

This one-year intern post is an initiative developed to provide an opportunity for training and to gain experience of the full range of activities and services undertaken in a modern parliament. The post-holder will work primarily within the Research and Scrutiny Support team, but will have the opportunity to spend time within the various Tynwald Office teams and to work with the Clerks. 

Details of parliamentary practices and procedures and the work of the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald can be found in the Tynwald Companion which is available from the Tynwald Website  ​

The work of this small office is varied and the post holder will be expected to contribute to other tasks, cover for other team members and, on occasion, to assist with work in other areas of the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities 

The main tasks and functions of the postholder are: 

Research –

Providing high quality research and information services for Members of Tynwald, Committees, and Clerk of Tynwald’s Office staff, including:

Responding to requests for information and analysis across a wide range of policy areas 

Writing proactive briefing papers for publication on a wide range of topics relevant to parliamentary business   

Peer reviewing and commenting constructively on others’ work, editing and proofreading  

Maintaining in-house research resources 

Developing and maintaining a broad level of knowledge and awareness of current affairs and parliamentary business 

Committees –

Providing effective support for parliamentary Committees, including:  

Acting as an Assistant Clerk for one or more of the scrutiny Committees, including: 

o Managing inquiries, record-keeping, arranging meetings, oral hearings and off-site visits

o Identifying stakeholders and liaising with and briefing witnesses

o Producing briefing papers and suggested questions

o Analysing evidence, drafting reports and recommendations 

o Responding to queries about the work of the Committee 

Providing administrative support for all parliamentary Committees as required 

Project Work – 

Managing and contributing to specific projects as required by the Clerk of Tynwald and taking a full and active part in any cross-team working required  

Other duties may be specified by the Clerk of Tynwald from time to time.  

The Successful Candidate 

The following criteria are essential: 

Strong oral and written communication skills with meticulous attention to detail 

Ability to analyse, synthesise and explain complex information and ideas to a non-specialist audience 

Ability to acquire knowledge in unfamiliar areas quickly

Strong IT skills 

Ability to organise and prioritise own workload, manage own time and keep to tight deadlines 

Ability to work collaboratively as a team player, sharing skills and knowledge 

Ability to command the confidence of Members of Tynwald, colleagues and the public 

Ability to act with impartiality and discretion  

Flexible outlook with a willingness to take on new challenges 

The following criteria are desirable: 

Experience of research and/or policy analysis in a parliamentary, governmental or academic environment 

Experience of writing for publication 

Experience of infographics and data visualisation 

Experience of multimedia design 

Knowledge of Manx history, culture and/or politics 

Educated to at least first degree level, or equivalent, in any discipline