Development Assistant Intern with Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights)

Together are an alliance of children's charities that work to improve the awareness, understanding and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Scotland.

Location: Edinburgh
£7.85 per hour. Part-time, 20 hours per week for 12 weeks

Ideal start: 8 June 2015

The work of Together focuses on three main areas:
• promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;
• helping children's organisations to integrate the UNCRC into their work;
• monitoring and reporting on the progress made at a Scottish and UK level.

Together has over 280 members, including children's charities, from small local playgroups through to large international charities, alongside individuals, academics and professionals with a commitment to children's rights.


The Scottish Government has an ambition to make Scotland “the best place in the world to grow up”. To help make this happen, the Scottish Parliament has passed the Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014. This places duties on Scottish Ministers to further the rights of children and on health boards and local authorities to report on what they’re doing to progress children’s rights. It also contains duties to raise awareness and understanding of children’s rights amongst both children and adults.


It is in the context of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act that Together is looking to recruit a Development Assistant Intern to carry out the following tasks:
- To conduct a mapping exercise of current and proposed child rights training and development programmes being delivered across Scotland through;
       o A survey targeted at public bodies, training providers and NGOs;
       o Small discussion groups with public bodies, training providers and NGOs.
- Drawing from the mapping exercise, identify gaps in the existing training and development programmes.
- Using learning from similar projects delivered elsewhere in the UK, develop and propose a suitable business model through which Together could deliver a training and development programme to address gaps in existing provision.


The ideal graduate will have a background or strong interest in business development, public policy, events management, and/or communications.

Essential skill requirements:
• Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and good interpersonal skills
• Strong IT skills and proficiency in using Word and Excel
• Methodical and organised, with good attention to detail
• Ability to work independently and as part of a small team
• High level of motivation and initiative

Previous experience of project-or business development work and/or working designing and delivering training would be beneficial though is not essential. An understanding of the public policy context in Scotland would be advantageous.

Intern support/gains:

• Informative and structured induction to the role and organisation
• Regular supervision with Policy and Communications Officer
• To contribute to the development of an innovative children’s rights organisation in Scotland
• Ongoing on-the-job training and access to relevant training
• Chance to develop knowledge of children’s rights
• Opportunity to network and establish new contacts across Scotland



Closing date for applications is 25 May 2015, 5pm.

Interviews will take place on 1st or 2nd June 2015

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 5pm on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.



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