This is an excellent opportunity for a disabled person (including D/deaf) to learn core policy skills such as undertaking responses to Parliamentary Questions and managing correspondence while supporting key policies and projects in relation to COVID-19.
Accountable to: Katherine May, Policy Manager
Contract: 37 hours per week, 6 months (part-time hours considered)
Location: Currently working from home (contracted base Glasgow or Edinburgh)
Due to Covid-19 this role will be home based and will continue to be so until at least Spring 2021. We are happy to consider candidates who would wish to work from home permanently.
The Scottish Government is the devolved government for Scotland and has a range of responsibilities that include: the economy, education, health, justice, rural affairs, housing, environment, equal opportunities, consumer advocacy and advice, transport and taxation.
This role is for a Policy Officer in the COVID Ready Society Division which sits within the COVID Public Health Directorate. The Covid Ready Society Division is focussed on providing the best possible public health policy advice, drawing on a wide range of clinical, healthcare scientist and infection prevention and control expertise. This advice will support decision making to develop, manage and deliver the Scottish public health response to the Covid pandemic.
The purpose of the internship is to provide support to a COVID public health policy team. You will be well supported by the team but learn with policy colleagues across the different areas of government (for example health and social care, economy and equality and diversity). This is an opportunity to learn core policy skills such as undertaking responses to Parliamentary Questions and managing correspondence while supporting key policies and projects in relation to COVID-19.
Main duties and tasks
- You will provide support to officials leading on the development of public health advice and policy to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, on a range of non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as face coverings, hygiene and ventilation.
• You will support the development, implementation and review of new, temporary public health regulations.
• You will help develop communications to communicate our policy and projects across Scottish Government and with external stakeholders to ensure the understanding of public health advice.
• You will handle policy enquiries, Parliamentary Questions, support Freedom of Information Requests requests and assist in providing advice to senior staff and Ministers on public health policy through the preparation of briefing material and submissions.
- You will provide support with administrative tasks for the team.
Essential skills and experience:
No specific qualifications are required for this role but a good standard of English and numeracy is essential.
- Good networking and team working skills.
- Strong administrative and organisational skills, including experience of managing competing priorities whilst meeting agreed deadlines.
- Proven communication skills, and the ability to present information clearly and concisely and with an awareness of the needs of diverse audiences
- Good analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to organise and collate information from a variety of sources to support decision making
- Experience of using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook to produce written work that is clear, concise and accurate.
- Have a clear need for the opportunity, and be able to show how it will help you overcome barriers to achieving your career goals. (this is assessed in the sections motivation for applying, skills development, and current employment status.)
- Must define as Deaf or disabled which includes physical, sensory and mental impairments, autism and other neurodivergence, learning disabilities, learning difficulties such as dyslexia or long term health conditions. (You do not need to give details in the supporting statement unless you wish to. If you do, this will not be removed from the application before the shortlisting panel sees it.)
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