Digital/Training/Social Inclusion - Participatory Budgeting Officers

£32,834 - £35,715 per year
10 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

There are three CoSLA Policy Officer positions available:
  • Digital Participatory Budgeting Officer
  • Training Participatory Budgeting Officer
  • Social Inclusion Participatory Budgeting Officer

Please see job descriptions attached at the bottom of this page.

Salary: £32,834 to £35,715 SCP 37-40

Hours: 36 hrs weekly, COSLA operates a flexitime system

Contract Duration: This is a fixed term contract for 24 months from January 2019 or from the time the employee starts. The full-time post is suitable for a secondment. The contract may be terminated with one month's notice and may be extended if required.

Location: The jobs will be based at COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh. The post holder will be expected to spend a proportion of their time working with Improvement Service colleagues mainly based at the iHub Livingston. As this is a national role, flexibility to travel will be required, mostly within Scotland, with some overnight stays possible.

Role Summary

This is a high-profile area of work that covers the continuing development and expansion of participatory budgeting across Local Authorities in Scotland. The Scottish Government and COSLA agreed a framework in October 2017 that will see at least 1% of Local Authority Budgets being subject to participatory budgeting. The 3 posts are advertised on a full-time basis reflecting the work that is required between the Scottish and Local Government and COSLA in assisting Local Authorities to continue building their capacity to deliver this commitment.

These posts offer the opportunity to be involved centrally in the development and implementation of the new arrangements which aim to enhance participatory democracy more broadly by increasing community engagement and participation in local decision making. These posts will suit individuals with experience of working through, and with, others in an environment of strong political, multiple stakeholder and member interests to support and deliver change in a given timescale.

The post holders will be based in COSLA as part of the COSLA Participatory Democracy Team and will work with partners including the Improvement Service, the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government and the Scottish Government Community Empowerment Unit. As a member of COSLA's Participatory Democracy Team they will be expected to work with other COSLA policy teams and the Scottish Government to ensure that appropriate links are maintained between this area of work and related activity in the mainstreaming of participatory budgeting.


These posts will further embed COSLA's and the Scottish Government's programme of planning and support to increase the use of participatory budgeting within local government. The focus is to help move from and build upon the use of short-term grants towards more mainstream budgets by developing how Councils and their partners involve communities in effective decision making.

The posts will support the Development Manager who is COSLA's main link with the Scottish Government's Community Empowerment Unit. Their work will assist the associated working / project groups, including the Participatory Budgeting Working Group. The roles key tasks will be to continue to develop practice by encouraging local ownership, sharing of best practice and driving the scale and pace of participatory budgeting across Scotland.

The post holders will be expected to work with the Development Manager Scottish to assist in overcoming the challenges of delivering the target set within the Programme for Government in a set timescale, across all 32 local authorities. The post holders will report progress to help monitor the local government elements of the project on a day to day basis, working to the Development manager and the associated joint COSLA/Scottish Government Steering Group. They will be involved in helping to gather information to inform the delivery of evolving permanent arrangements.

How to Apply

Completed applications should be submitted on myjobscotland by 11.59pm on Sunday 25 November 2018. Interviews will take place at COSLA's Edinburgh office during the week commencing 10 December 2018.

If you have any further queries regarding these positions, please contact Simon Cameron, Development Manager - Participatory Budgeting by emailing .

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