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Scottish NPM Co-ordinator

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Job summary

£31266 - £35813
Around 18.30 per week
Closing Date
13 May 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for an Scottish NPM Co-ordinator within HMIP : (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons in Scotland) based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent 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 UK has ratified the international human rights treaty known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). OPCAT recognises that people in detention are particularly vulnerable and requires States to set up a national level body known as a National Preventive Mechanism or ‘NPM’ that can ensure regular visits to places of detention in order to prevent torture and other ill-treatment. The UK NPM is made up of 21 bodies who monitor places of detention across the four nations of the UK. More information can be found at the website: https://www.nationalpreventivemechanism.org.uk/

The NPM’s work in Scotland is undertaken by six NPM members (one of which is HMIPS). The mandate of these organisations includes independent inspection, visiting or regulation of places of detention including prisons, police, court custody, immigration detention, detention in health and social care settings and places where children are detained. 

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. Excellent written communication skills with experience in undertaking and producing high quality research and policy reports.
2. Strong self-management and organisational skills, attention to detail and an ability to prioritise, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
3. Excellent verbal communication skills and experience undertaking advocacy, with an ability to build effective relationships and command credibility when engaging with stakeholders.
4. Demonstrable understanding or awareness of the international or national human rights landscape and/or social justice issues.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

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 Kerry Love at kerry.love@gov.scot.

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 interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. 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.

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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