[Deadline Extended] Job: Lib Dem Access to Elected Office Internship


Inclusion Scotland are offering a paid internship for their "Access to Elected Office" project with the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th January 2016.

The role will involve carrying out a research project in concert with Inclusion Scotland and the Scottish Liberal Democrats on the barriers to involvement by disabled people in party activities and the seeking of elected office, while carrying out work within the Party HQ to support their work.

Candidates for the roles must define as disabled people (under the Equality Act 2010, including those with sensory impairments), and candidates with either existing personal involvement with the Scottish Liberal Democrats and/or who have a strong interest in future active involvement will have an advantage. This is because part of the project is concerned with the development of the interns themselves towards greater political engagement, and some existing knowledge and contacts within the Scottish Liberal Democrats and/or aspirations to become more involved in the party would be a considerable advantage in carrying out the project work.

Full role profiles are available here

Please direct any questions to Phyl Meyer at Inclusion Scotland in the first instance - Contact Us

The roles are paid at Living Wage (recently risen to £8.25/hr), with an 8% pension contribution available, and reasonable travel expenses etc will be reimbursed. Any additional costs related to overcoming access barriers will be sought from the Access to Work scheme. The duration of the role is expected to be 455 hours (13 weeks full time). Due to project funding time constraints the roles must be completed by the end of March 2016, so any requirement for part-time working will require a job-share arrangement with another suitable candidate and cannot be guaranteed - please contact us to discuss. Flexibility in working arrangements is available to accommodate reasonable adjustments, including an element of home working if needed, and the role is expected to involve some travel to meet with party members and organisers.

The deadline for applications for this role is Friday 8th January 2016, by 1200. We recognise that this is a short notice period but are up against very tough time constraints due to funding arrangements and when arrangements were confirmed by the host parties and as such are more than happy to offer assistance to help an applicant complete an application within this time period by providing support or adjustments to facilitate this.

All applications must be received by that date and time regardless of format - electronically is preferred. There is a plain text version of the application form without boxes available for those using screen readers or who prefer this for access reasons. If you require an alternative format or have any access difficulties in completing the application please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your requirements, or other ways in which we can support you with reasonable adjustments to complete the application. Please note that any submissions such as generic CVs which are not tailored to answer the questions in the application form will NOT be shortlisted so please do ask us for assistance in completing the application as requested if needed. Please make clear within your application which role you wish to be considered for using the appropriate section of the form.

You are strongly encouraged to read our article advising on how to complete a strong job application here: Writing a good job application

Please note: Interviews are planned to be taking place on Friday 18th 2015. We will contact you if you are invited to interview by the end of the day on Tuesday 15th but it would be very helpful if you could have those dates available. Interview by phone or Skype is possible if this would be helpful. If offered the post we will be keen to have you start as soon as possible in the New Year, even if this will initially need to be on a very part-time and flexible working basis due to other commitments.

If you will require communication support or any other form of adjustment which will require booking in advance in order to attend interview it would be very helpful if you could let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure this will be available should you be invited to interview. Please provide details in the Equal Opportunities monitoring form, and/or in your application email /covering note. Please also tell us about any other adjustments that may be helpful (e.g. access requirements, extra time needed, advance warning of any particular interview content, etc.)

This is an opportunity to make a real difference by contributing to and helping to guide an important project with the potential to have a major lasting impact on the participation and human rights of disabled people, while gaining excellent experience and learning in a political environment. We look forward to hearing from you!

To apply, please return the completed application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, preferably by email, to [email protected] or by post to Phyl Meyer, Inclusion Scotland, Hayweight House, 23 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DQ


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