Children's Rights Capacity Building Manager
The Scottish Government
Edinburgh, GB
4d ago

We are currently seeking applications for Children's Rights Capacity Building Managers within the Children and Families Directorate based in Edinburgh.

This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

Scotland is set to become the first nation in the UK to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into domestic law.

This is one of a number of new roles to deliver the implementation programme for this landmark piece of legislation.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 1 September 2020 and was unanimously passed by Parliament in March 2021.

The Bill will deliver a fundamental shift in the way children's rights are respected, protected and fulfilled in Scotland.

Ensuring that children, young people and their families can claim their rights is central to delivering a Scotland where human rights are made real.

Implementation of the Bill will be delivered through a three year programme, with an initial focus on preparation for the commencement of the new duties.

This post will present the successful candidate with an opportunity to gain exceptional insights into the implementation of ground breaking, rights respecting policy and legislation, and to lead a programme of work to build capacity and innovation across all sectors of Scottish society to take a child's rights based approach.

The post holder will work in partnership with a range of public authorities and with children's rights partners in the third sector to collaboratively design and deliver the programme.

They will also work in partnership and flexibly with the other strands of the Bill's implementation programme.

The appointment sits within the Child Rights Unit in the Directorate for Children and Families.

This B3 post will be managed by a C1 Programme Lead.

Qualifications Required

For jobs in Band B you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note : If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria

1. Excellent communication, planning and organisational skills, with the ability to respond to tight deadlines, confidently and flexibly and able to manage competing priorities and tasks.

2. A track record in enabling effective collaboration with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, who may have different views, by building rapport and trusting relationships.

3. Experience of supporting others to embed a child's rights approach in public services to improve outcomes for children and young people.

4. Financial management experience, including contract management and experience in or awareness of Fund or Grant management.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups :

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
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