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Witness and Hearings Assistant

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Job summary

Grade - B1
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
03 December 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

Eligible Grades – All
Location – Capitol House, Edinburgh
Further Information – Staff on any working pattern may apply

On 12 November 2019, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice announced his intention to hold a Public Inquiry into the circumstances leading to and following the death of Sheku Bayoh in 2015. The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry were published on 21 May 2020 and the Inquiry's formal setting up date was 30 November 2020. The Public Inquiry will examine the circumstances leading up to the death of Mr Bayoh, the post incident management process and subsequent investigation into his death. The Inquiry will also establish the extent to which Mr Bayoh's actual or perceived race played a part in events, if any. The Witness and Hearings Officers will play a key role in the Inquiry team, bringing their organisational skills to support the Inquiry in its preparations for the hearings, and the delivery of them. They will provide vital flexibility and support across the Inquiry team.

Main Duties
• Liaise with witnesses and their legal representatives to coordinate all logistical arrangements involved in statement gathering and any involvement at Inquiry hearings.
• Working with the Hearings Manager and other Inquiry members to ensure the appropriate management and storage of all documentation relating to witness statements and engagement gathered by the Inquiry.
• Provide support to the Inquiry Finance Officer.
• Working collaboratively with other members of the Inquiry team to ensure the smooth running of the Inquiry and Inquiry Hearings, in such manner as may be required.

Essential Criteria
1.Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a proven ability to build relationships and interact confidently and sensitively with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels.
2.Highly developed planning and organising skills, with a proven ability to work flexibly to meet unforeseen and changing demands.
3.High quality IT skills including extensive experience of using Word, Excel, Outlook and eRDM.

Communications and Engagement
People Management
Improving Performance

Minimum Time in Post
The Inquiry will be based in central Edinburgh and successful applicants will be expected to remain in post for the duration of the Inquiry hearings, unless successful at gaining promotion to a higher Band or Grade.

In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to 9 months.

Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
To be confirmed.

Additional Information
Applicants must discuss their intention to apply with their current line manager to help ensure early release.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the MS Teams application downloaded. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

For information on this post please contact Katherine Hart on Katherine.hart@shekubayohinquiry.scot. To apply please complete the online application form.

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