Prince Andrew has advertised for a technology assistant with ‘confident communication skills’ and a ‘keen eye for detail’ to help run his digital skills project.
The Duke of York wants someone to assist with the development and maintenance of the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) scheme, for which he is patron.
The advert has been listed for a month as Andrew faces pressure to step down from iDEA, with BT warning it would only continue to back the project if he is dropped.
BT is among a growing number of multimillion-pound businesses, universities and charities distancing themselves from Andrew after his BBC interview on Saturday.
The Duke wants someone to assist with the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) scheme
The Duke has said he will step back from public duties for the ‘foreseeable future’ in the wake of his comments about his friendship with late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The one-year job with iDEA was first advertised on October 25 with a closing date on the Royal Household website of November 5, which was then extended to yesterday.
Prince Andrew will be ‘out of the public eye for some time’
The Duke of York could be spending a very long period away from public duties due his damaged reputation and questionable judgement, a royal expert has said.
The future holds uncertainty for Andrew who has suspended his work with his charities, organisations and military units because of the fallout from his friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine said: ‘I don’t think Andrew will come back, when he says he’s going to step down for the foreseeable future I think he means for a long time.’
She added his reputation would always be tainted because of his association with Epstein: ‘He can’t be exonerated because we know he was involved with Epstein.
‘I’m afraid this might forever be hanging over him.’
With the US authorities still investigating Epstein despite his suicide in a jail, the issue of his friendship with Andrew is likely to make headlines for months to come.
But Andrew remains a member of the royal family and could still attend major national state events – that are separate from his personal public duties.
These include appearances on Buckingham Palace’s balcony after the Trooping the Colour ceremony or the Remembrance Sunday service at Whitehall’s Cenotaph.
The advert states: ‘The household of HRH The Duke of York consists of a dedicated team of professionals who support and manage the delivery of HRH’s official programme and the initiatives founded by HRH, including the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA).
‘iDEA is an international programme that helps people to develop digital enterprise and employability skills through a series of online challenges.
‘As technology assistant for the initiative, you will assist with the development and maintenance of the iDEA platform and its resources.
‘You will help support the platform, ensuring users have a smooth experience and any queries are dealt with quickly and efficiently.
‘From badge testing and bug tracking, to troubleshooting issues and development work, you’ll be involved in a broad range of activities. With every challenge you will expand.’
The successful candidate would work Monday to Friday for 37.5 hours per week and their salary would be ‘dependent on experience’.
The advert says says the candidate would need to be digitally fluent and familiar with a range of IT systems, including Cloudflare and Laravel forge.
It adds: ‘You are a natural problem solver, and with an analytical mind you will thrive on the technical challenges that come your way.
‘With confident communication skills, you work well in a team, enabling you to build positive working relationships with a range of people.
‘This means being able to effectively translate complex issues to non-technical users. Well organised, you’re able to prioritise a varied workload effectively.
The Duke of York talks with three students from Westminster Academy who won awards in the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) scheme at St James’ Palace in London in January 2017
‘With a keen eye for detail, you will always deliver outstanding results. You’ll need initiative and a flexible approach to ensure user issues are resolved quickly and future problems are prevented.
‘Finally, you’ll be proactive, committed to developing your career, bring an enthusiasm to learn and be keen to make the most of this opportunity.’
Perks of the job include lunch, training and development, as well as a range of recreational facilities.
It comes as Andrew faces pressure to resign as patron of iDEA after BT warned that it would only carry on supporting the project if he was dropped.
A BT spokesman said: ‘In light of recent developments we are reviewing our relationship with the organisation and hope that we might be able to work further with them, in the event of a change in their patronage.’
The Duke speaks at the presentation of bronze awards for the iDEA scheme in London in 2017
There have been ongoing discussions within the family about the current situation with Andrew talking to the Queen and Prince of Wales, it is understood.
The duke met with the Queen yesterday, visiting her at Buckingham Palace before his decision was announced.
The duke, in a statement released on his parents’ 72nd wedding anniversary, said that the Queen had given her permission for him to bow out of royal duties.
He said he was willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency, and expressed sympathy with Epstein’s victims – which he had been accused of not showing in his BBC interview.
Andrew said: ‘It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support.
The Duke talks to supporters of the iDEA project at St James’ Palace in London in January 2017
‘Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.
‘I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.
‘His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.
‘I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency.’
Andrew was criticised for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein’s victims and a lack of remorse over his friendship with the disgraced financier, who took his own life while in prison earlier this year.
In the Newsnight interview, the duke denied claims that he slept with Virginia Roberts, now Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s victims, on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage under US law.
The Duke of York speaks to BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis in an interview shown on Saturday
He said the alleged encounter in 2001 did not happen as he spent the day with his daughter, Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Express in Woking for a party.
Ms Giuffre said the same alleged sexual liaison began with the duke sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp.
But the duke said he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat.
He said he had no recollection of meeting Ms Giuffre.
When asked by the BBC’s Emily Maitlis if he regretted the ‘whole friendship with Epstein’, the duke replied: ‘Now, still not and the reason being is that the people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.’
Andrew made the bombshell statement about stepping back yesterday after mounting pressure after his interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
The duke cancelled a visit to flood-ravaged communities in South Yorkshire on Tuesday.
He faced a barrage of firms and other organisations terminating or reviewing their association with his [email protected] tech entrepreneurs initiative.
Barclays said it was concerned about the situation and was keeping its involvement with [email protected] under review.
Asian-focused bank Standard Chartered joined KPMG in deciding not to renew its sponsorship of [email protected]
London Metropolitan University was considering the duke’s role as its patron, while a student panel at Huddersfield University passed a motion to lobby Andrew to resign as its chancellor.
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