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Project Officer (National Projects)

  • Full time
  • £19,055 – £21,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 8th October 2020


  • Advertised from 25th September 2020
  • Salary commensurate with experience. 35 hours per week. Fixed Term (31 October 2021) with possibility of extension.

Role

The Citizens Advice network in Scotland is the largest independent advice service in the country. Citizens Advice Scotland is a charity within this network – we act as a national organisation supporting and representing the service as a whole and the interests of citizens. At the heart of the network there are 59 individual citizens advice bureau organisations across Scotland, all operating as independent charities in their own right, and generally focusing on providing support directly to clients. Each of these organisations is a member of Citizens Advice Scotland. Also providing significant added value are the national elements of the service run out of Citizens Advice Scotland, such as the National Projects Team. We believe that every citizen should have access to free, impartial and confidential advice that helps them make informed decisions, whenever they need it and however, they choose to access it.

Citizens Advice Scotland runs a series of national specialist services as projects which require centralised project co-ordination and support. The Project Officer will work alongside the rest of the allocated project team, ensuring successful delivery and development where appropriate.

As well as providing project coordination and support, the role will be responsible for the collation of management information and for the coordination and engagement with key stakeholders as well as assist with the drafting of project reports. This will be used to determine how the project or service is performing and inform recommendations and decisions as to future service development and changes affecting advice delivery.

This role will support a number of projects and therefore a dynamic and flexible individual who can multi task is required. The national projects are delivered by the bureau network, providing the advice and support people need. The Project Officer must have the ability to communicate clearly and to proactively gather information form a wide stakeholder and participation base ensuring deadlines are met.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of project management in a coordination or support role, including the use of project stakeholder communication and management reporting. You will therefore need to have strong communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex information clearly, accurately and accessibly to non-specialists. It is essential that you are able to comfortably use IT packages, including spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software with previous demonstrable experience.

This role offers the opportunity to be part of an influential organisation that campaigns for a fairer Scotland in order to make a real difference to consumers' lives. This is a great opportunity to play a critical role in helping to make society fairer, and in supporting our network of Citizens Advice Bureaux across Scotland.

*This role is normally based our Edinburgh office. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, all CAS staff are currently working from home and we would therefore expect the successful candidate would be required to work from home initially. Re-opening our offices will be carefully planned and managed in accordance with the latest Scottish Government guidance and public health advice. Candidates should be prepared to work from home initially, but be aware that attendance, not necessarily full time, at the normal office base will be required in future. We are currently reviewing our home working policy in response to the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing opportunities to work from home can be discussed with the successful candidate at offer stage.

Employee benefits

Citizens Advice Scotland offers excellent terms and conditions, including a total of 40 days leave (including public holidays) and a pension scheme with an 8% employer contribution. We have a flexitime scheme which enables our employees to work flexibly in line with organisational requirements, and as an inclusive employer we are happy to consider other flexible working arrangements where appropriate.

Application notes

Closing date: Thursday, 8 October 2020, 8pm

Remote Interviews via Microsoft Teams: Wednesday, 14 and Thursday 15th October 2020

To apply for this role, please send completed copies of the Personal Details Form, along with your current CV to: recruitment@cas.org.uk

In addition, we ask you to provide a short written statement (maximum of two pages) with examples which demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the post, as set out in the job description and person specification.

You can find all necessary forms below or on our website:

cas.org.uk/vacancies/project-officer-national-projects-citizens-advice-scotland

Equality & diversity monitoring

To help Citizens Advice Scotland monitor equality and diversity statistics please return the Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form separate from your other application documents by emailing it to: equalitymonitoring@cas.org.uk

About the employer

Citizens Advice Scotland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Scottish Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux – Citizens Advice Scotland. Scottish charity (SC016637) and company limited by guarantee (89892)


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