MSP Staff
Advertising Salary:
£23,969.60 per annum (£29,962 FTE)

About The Role

Foysol Choudhury MSP is looking for a Policy Officer and Parliamentary Advisor to join his team.

Salary £23,969.60 per annum (£29,962 FTE)

Hours:  28 hours per week

Location: Edinburgh

Working for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties. You'll work in a dynamic and fast paced environment to provide an outstanding service for constituents.


  • Gathering and distributing valuable data that supports my activities.
    • Keeping your knowledge of policy areas and local issues up-to-date.
    • Carrying out research projects.
    • Obtaining and compiling relevant research documents from external bodies.
    • Preparing and delivering regular briefings and updates.
    • Analysing, evaluating and interpreting data and statistics.
  • Ensuring office is kept up-to-date with its relevant legislative and compliance obligations.
    • Ensuring all office research complies with data protection legislation and GDPR requirements.
    • Checking for any updates to compliance related legislation and communicating changes to colleagues.
  • Engaging with the wider research community to ensure I have access to (accurate and contemporary) data.
    • Collaborating with colleagues from different services areas across the Parliament.
    • Liaising with various external groups e.g. think-tanks, NGOs, other elected representatives.
    • Developing effective relationships with counterparts in other UK legislatures and wider research community.
    • Performing casework-related research and preparing responses where necessary.

About You


  • Be a quick learner with the ability to multitask and work within tight timescales.
  • Be a proactive problem solver with the motivation and resilience to adapt and deal with challenges.
  • Have skills in developing research networks and communicating complex information to others at various levels.
  • Have analytical skills with the ability to identify and investigate trends while interpreting data.
  • Have the creative flair and expertise to produce accurate and influential work.

The Selection Process

How to Apply

To apply, click on "send CV" and upload your CV and supporting statement as one document. When you've clicked "send CV" use the text box to provide wording for the cover email. Your supporting statement should outline how you meet the requirements detailed above for this role. Applications that do not include a supporting statement may not be considered.

If you are experiencing any issues with the applications process, please send your CV and supporting statement directly to: [email protected]

Closing date: midnight on Thursday 29 February 2024