The National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland)
The National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland)

The Big Lottery Fund supports people and communities across the UK. It is an exciting time for the Fund in Scotland as we have recently launched our funding plans for the next 5 years.

We work to enhance and transform communities and lives by funding health, education, environment, and charity projects.  We are committed to making sure that these investments make a real difference to people’s lives and we want to work in a way that puts people in the lead.

The reason we come into work is to enable people to do great things with Lottery funding.

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Evaluation Manager

  • Full time
  • £31,886 – £42,291
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 23rd June 2020

About us

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across the UK. Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to over 11,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life.

At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery funding is open to everyone and we’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities.

We are looking for diverse and talented people who share our values and are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced evaluation and research professional who enjoys working with others to generate useful and actionable evidence.

You will be part of a small cross-organisation evaluation and customer insight team. This post is in the Evaluation Team, which has an important role in generating evidence for the Fund and the sector about what makes a difference in supporting people and communities to thrive. During this exceptional time, this includes understanding what has been helping organisations quickly adapt their services, as well as evidence to inform community recovery.

You will be based in our Scotland office and, like other team members based across the UK, be working UK wide. You will be responsible for providing advice on some large, complex evaluations of strategic funding programmes, as well as giving practical guidance to colleagues in the organisation about different ways that good evidence can be generated and used. You will be proactive in making evidence accessible and meaningful as part of our evidence strategy. You are passionate about good quality evidence, as well as what is proportionate and appropriate for different stakeholders and uses.

You maintain constructive relationships with external evaluators and develop a wide network in the sector influencing stakeholders at all levels.

The Fund offers a salary and generous benefits package, including a full Civil Service pension.

The person

Candidates must demonstrate:


  • Demonstrable professional experience and sound academic understanding of i) evaluation design and methodology, including implementing complex evaluations and ii) both qualitative and quantitative social research methodologies and techniques.
  • Experience of designing tenders, commissioning evaluations and of managing external research/evaluation consultants
  • Excellent communications skills. Ability to influence stakeholders at all levels. Proven ability to present complex information to a generalist audience.


  • Excellent numerical, statistical and analytical skills with proven ability and experience of using these to analyse data and write concise clear and compelling analysis.
  • Project management experience.

For you

We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.

We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
  • Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
  • Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Season ticket and cycle to work loans
  • Paid volunteering leave