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Poverty and Inequality Commission Senior Participation Officer

Job summary

Grade B3: £38,541 - £46,599 (pro rata)
Glasgow or Edinburgh
Around 30.00 per week
Closing Date
02 February 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Fixed Term Appointment - Fair and Open

We are currently seeking applications for Poverty and Inequality Commission Senior Participation Officer within The Poverty and Inequality Commission based in Glasgow or Edinburgh. This is a fixed-term and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Poverty and Inequality Commission is an advisory non-departmental public body which provides independent advice, scrutiny and advocacy on tackling poverty and inequality.

This is a new Senior Participation Officer role which will take forward the Poverty and Inequality Commission's ambition of meaningfully involving experts by experience (people with lived experience of poverty) in its work. The Poverty and Inequality Commission is an advisory non-departmental public body which provides independent advice, scrutiny and advocacy on tackling poverty and inequality. More information about the Commission can be found at https://povertyinequality.scot/.

The Commission is supported by a small secretariat team based within Scottish Government. The secretariat's work is directed by the Commission and is independent of the Scottish Government.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Ability to work effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including building rapport and trust with people with experience of poverty.
2. Experience in designing and using participatory, deliberative and/or co-production approaches to meaningfully involve and empower experts by experience in policy-related work.
3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, which you can use to engage, inform and challenge.
4. Ability to be self-directed and work flexibly and creatively in order to deliver priorities.

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 Skype for Business 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.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Katherine Hudson who can be reached at katherine.hudson@povertyinequality.scot.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team via recruitment@gov.scot.

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