Freelance Part-time Parliamentary Officer

Interfaith Scotland,
a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation – Scottish Charity Number
SC029486, is recruiting a Freelance Parliamentary Officer, part-time
for 11 hours per week at a rate of pay of £17 per hour.  This is a
Temporary Contract from June 2015 until April 2016, but it is hoped that a
further 3 years funding will be granted.


The Parliamentary Officer will be
responsible for developing Interfaith Scotland’s (IFS) work on civic engagement
with faith communities.  The post holder will keep Interfaith Scotland,
faith communities and their representatives informed of the developments in the
Scottish polity, Human Rights Commission and other key stakeholders.  The
Parliamentary Officer will be accountable for the parliamentary work to the
Director and will report regularly to the Board of Interfaith Scotland.


The role of the Parliamentary Officer will


Work with faith communities in civic processes by:

  • Keeping abreast of developments in the Scottish Government and
    Parliament noting the issues that would be of interest to faith
  • Working with and building the capacity of faith communities to
    provide Parliamentary evidence, or provide such evidence in the interests
    of faith communities
  • Implementing a strategy for involving faith communities in
    Parliamentary consultations and debates
  • Summarising key Government documents and policies that are relevant
    to faith communities and the work of IFS
  • Issuing a ‘Parliamentary Newsletter’ approximately every quarter
  • Organising occasional dialogue events on issues of key civic


Liaise with the Scottish Parliament,
Government and MSPs

·         Build
a database of friends of IFS who are MSPs / MPs.

·         Network
with MSPs / MPs to promote the work and interests of IFS

·         Work
with the Reporter on Religion and Belief to promote the work and  
interests of IFS

·         Attend
relevant meetings representing the interests of IFS


Be accountable for the parliamentary work
of IFS by: 

  • Reporting verbally to regular
    team meetings
  • Writing regular reports for the
    Board of IFS
  • Providing briefings and advice
    to the Director, Board and Members of IFS


Support the work of the
office by:

  • Engaging in general admin work from
    time to time when needed
  • Assisting with any other work
    as instructed by the Director

Attending occasional Interfaith Scotland events when appropriate



Core and desirable
competences for the post of Parliamentary Officer


Core Competences:

  • Experience of working with
    faith communities
  • Sensitivity towards people of
    different religions and beliefs
  • Knowledge of faith communities
    and the  issues which affect them
  • Thorough knowledge of the Scottish
    and UK Parliamentary systems
  • Experience of parliamentary
    consultation work
  • Experience of and commitment to
    equality issues
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Good verbal communication and
    presentation skills
  • Experience of delivering
  • Information-gathering skills
  • Ability to identify key issues
    in legislative documents and to summarise complex information in plain
  • Excellent inter personal skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Good project managements skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good time management skills and
    ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to work as part of a


Desired Competences:

  • Interest in
    and experience of interfaith issues and relations
  • Knowledge of
    the EU employment and service provision regulations on religion and belief
  • Experience of designing
    training sessions
  • Experience of
    giving evidence to parliamentary committees
  • Knowledge of
    the work of the Equality and Human Rights Commission



The successful candidate will be expected to be
sympathetic to the aims and objectives of Interfaith Scotland


Interfaith Scotland is committed to diversity
and equality of opportunity in employment. 



offices of Interfaith Scotland are at 523
Shields Road, Glasgow, G41 2RF.  For further information on the organisation
please go to


Recruitment Process

send a covering letter, CV and name of two referees to Maureen Sier, Interfaith
Scotland, 523 Shields Road,
Glasgow, G41 2RF
or email to


Closing date 20th
May (5pm)


Interview date 27th


Start Date June 2015


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