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Participatory Research Lead

  • Part time
  • £23,000 pro-rata
  • Home Office (due to Covid, otherwise Edinburgh or Glasgow Office)
  • Closing 12th July 2021

  • Advertised from 2nd July 2021
  • 4 days/week


Intercultural Youth Scotland

As the Participatory Research Lead, you will join a dynamic organisation with a fast-growing team combining activism, professionalism and a close connection with Black and people of colour (BPoC) young people.

Intercultural Youth Scotland (IYS) is rapidly becoming Scotland’s major voice for BPoC children and young people. Established two years ago as a small youth work organisation oriented towards BPoC youths, we have grown as a centre of support, creativity and activism for our community. Our team of 25-30 staff members – almost all of us BPoC young people – aim to make IYS a community space, a source of support and a champion for all BPoC children and young people in Scotland.

We centre anti-racism and the experiences of BPoC young people in schools, at work and in personal lives through our Education, Restless Natives and Youth Work programmes. Our governmental and sectoral advocacy is an extension of these priorities, which focuses on upending the entrenched inequalities and structural exclusion that have cut BPoC young people out of decision-making that shapes our lives. When IYS join these spaces of decision-making, we are often the only people present directly engaged and connected into the lives of BPoC young people. Our growing presence in Scotland emanates from this unique position – as both an advocacy organisation and community-oriented organisation.

Job Overview

The Participatory Research Lead is responsible for coordinating and supporting IYS projects and programmes related to youth-led and community-led consultation. They will work closely with the Youth Ambassador Lead on consultations relating to our activist group of BPoC young people, and with other Programmes teams when relevant. The Lead will be an integral part of the Advocacy & Partnerships team, equipping our advocacy with community-led research evidencing the everyday impact of structural racism in Scotland. Topics of consultation vary based on advocacy priorities and are centred on a strong belief in the importance of truly participatory research as a natural extension of anti-racism.

The successful candidate will quickly be involved in an ongoing piece of research, supporting a team of Youth Researchers to develop and deliver focus-group consultations on how Scotland’s museums navigate the legacy of empire and slavery.

Application notes

An application pack is available for download below.

Applications to be emailed to

Closing date: 12th July 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Interviews are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, 14th July. If you are not available that day, please let us know a time that suits you via email or in your application.