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Assistant Policy, Projects and Participation Officer

  • Children in Scotland’s office is in Edinburgh and this will be your official contracted place of work. We have introduced hybrid working based on trust and flexibility. As long as business needs are met, individuals have flexibility in terms of where they work.
  • Part-time, 4 days / 28 hours per week
  • £26,251.90 pro rata per annum

About the role

As a Children in Scotland Assistant Policy Projects and Participation Officer, you will play an important co-ordinating role, supporting the work of our busy Policy, Projects and Participation Department.

You will help ensure our policy work and engagement projects with children and young people run smoothly through delivering policy and research activity, supporting direct work with children and young people, and providing administrative, information and organisational support.

We are looking for someone who is organised, values driven and enjoys working with others. You’ll be part of an enthusiastic, committed and supportive team working in an organisation whose goal is to ensure that all children in Scotland have an equal chance to flourish.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 18 March

Interview date: Thursday 28 March 2024

Key Responsibilities


  • Supporting a range of projects that gather evidence from children, young people and families on what is needed to improve their lives
  • Supporting the delivery of policy activities (for example, consultation responses, policy events, etc.) helping to ensure these are delivered to a high standard to best achieve our policy ambitions
  • Ensuring the effective dissemination of project and policy information (internally and externally) through a variety of mechanisms
  • Contributing to the development of the strategic plan and/or service plan, and delivery of the service/team activities.
  • Contributing to the management of contracts for external partners and contributors


  • Providing support to ensure the team activity operates in line with agreed budgets.
  • Supporting team in income generation opportunities by contributing service/team information as required.


  • Representing the PPP Department on Children in Scotland working groups and meetings as required.
  • Contributing to the PPP Department’s support of other Children in Scotland teams and service/project delivery.

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  • Supporting improvement in our processes and approaches, learning from monitoring and evaluation findings.
  • Contributing to internal and external reporting including team, department, Board and funder requirements as needed.

Internal activities

  • Contributing to ensuring the PPP Department’s adherence to Children in Scotland’s practices, policies and procedures.
  • Contributing to ensuring the principles of equality and diversity are promoted and embedded throughout all organisational activities.
  • Engaging with internal communications processes, ensuring colleagues are aware of the PPP Department’s activities.
  • Contributing to the promotion of children and young people’s participation and engagement.
  • Maintaining awareness of Children in Scotland’s policy positions.

External activities

  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with partners and other key stakeholders.
  • Remaining up-to-date on key issues and activities pertinent to the PPP Department and wider organisation.
  • Contributing to external communications as agreed


  • This post will require attendance at some in person meetings.
  • This post will also require occasional travel across Scotland, and may also require attendance at events in the UK and internationally, with occasional overnight stays
  • This post will require some work in the evenings and weekends to support children and young people’s participation and engagement

Please see the recruitment pack for the full job description: Assistant Policy, Projects and Participation Officer recruitment pack

About Children in Scotland

Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do.

By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland. We do this by listening, gathering evidence, and applying and sharing our learning, while always working to uphold children’s rights.

Our range of knowledge and expertise means we can provide trusted support on issues as diverse as the people we work with and the varied lives of children and families in Scotland.


Children in Scotland values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open processes, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone.

Adjustment for application and interview

Disabled candidates may face additional challenges or accessibility barriers in the recruitment process that can be alleviated with adjustments.

Our application form is a survey created in the SurveyMonkey platform. Please let us know if you have problems completing your application in this format, or if you require any documents in an alternative format. You can email us at

Should you be invited to interview, we wish to ensure that all facilities necessary to enable you to participate fully in the interview and any other assessment exercises are available to you. When inviting you to interview we will ask you if you have any specific requirements. We do not ask for this information in the application process.

If you feel you wish to discuss requirements or share details with us you can let us know at any stage in the recruitment process, by emailing Details of any request will only be shared in order to put any adjustment in place and with your consent.

Recruitment pack

Full details about the role of Assistant Policy, Projects and Participation Officer

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Questions about the role

If you have any questions about the role, please contact David Mackay, Head of Policy, Projects and Participation

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Contact the recruitment team

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Equality and Diversity policy

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About us

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Policy, Projects and Participation

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Principles and Guidelines

Our principles & guidelines for meaningful participation of children and young people

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Our projects

Find out how we're putting our participation and engagement work into practice across Scotland

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