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  • Ref no: COS00092
  • Published: 29/10/19
  • Closes: 17/11/19
  • Location: COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH
  • Salary: £48,135.00 - £50,406.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.


Duration: Fixed term for up to 24 months in the first instance, starting as soon as possible.
Location: COSLA’s Edinburgh office (Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH) with flexible working being considered. Travel will be required, mostly within Scotland, but may also include occasional travel elsewhere.

COSLA is seeking strong applicants to lead the Participatory Budgeting Team whose main responsibility is to support the Joint PB framework with Scottish Government to work towards the 1% target by 2021 and ensure the development and implementation of mainstream participatory budgeting. The post holder will work with all local authorities and a variety of government agencies and public bodies where there is a possibility of joint participatory budgeting work. The post is a fixed term one likely to last for up to 24 months. With other team members a role will be to help inform the development and promotion of non-statutory guidance in this area.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-starting individual to continue with and to help shape the local government approach to mainstream Participatory Budgeting and Participatory Democracy across Scotland. Participatory budgeting is recognised internationally as a way for local people to have a direct say in how public funds can be used to address local needs and priorities. It is an important resource that currently builds on the wider development of participatory democracy at a time when it faces significant challenges.

The team will support innovatory work and promote a spread of local projects and learning. As the project develops it is expected that the engagement will be increasingly strategic in nature taking in the experience gained through community participation in financial based and broader decision making. This is a high-profile position as there will be engagement across local authorities and Scottish Government, and a requirement to build relationships and influence at a senior level.

The successful candidate will lead a team which covers Training, Social Inclusion and support for the digital platform, CONSUL. A participatory budgeting approach will enable communities to work in partnership with local authorities to identify local needs and priorities and decide where funding should be invested that address what is most important and needed in the community. The Development Manager will work with the Scottish Government to establish an adequate reporting mechanism to record national data. They will also work with civil society, public sector and other partners to assist local authorities in proactively involving people in a deliberative dialogue, establishing appropriate mechanisms including voting to meaningfully involve the local community in financial decision-making processes.

The appointed lead is based in COSLA’s Communities Team and will establish good working relations with the Scottish Government’s Community Empowerment Unit.


Applications must be made through the myjobscotland website.

The final closing date and time for applications is Sunday 17 November at 23:59.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 27th November 2019.

Informal inquiries about the post can be directed to Anil Gupta at and 0131 474 9265

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