SPICe (Scottish Parliament Information Centre)
Advertising Salary:
£46,340 - £57,006

About The Role

Working pattern: This is a full-time post, however we are happy to talk about flexible working.  

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) supports the scrutiny and legislative functions of the Parliament by providing impartial, accurate and timely information and briefings to Members of the Scottish Parliament, their staff, and Parliamentary staff. It comprises a research and information service. SPICe forms part of the Scrutiny Group and is led by three joint office heads.

You can find out more about SPICe and our work on the Parliament’s website: https://www.parliament.scot/chamber-and-committees/research-prepared-for-parliament.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Parliament’s work on further and higher education and children’s services (looked after children and adoption). You will work within the Justice and Social Affairs Research Unit (a team of 11 including this post). Reporting to the Head of Research, Library and Knowledge Exchange, you will be involved in answering enquiries on a wide range of subjects, including further and higher education; children’s services; nursery, pre-school and school age education; and other relevant topics as required.  You will prepare committee briefings and analysis to help MSPs scrutinise the related policies of the Scottish Government, and you will publish briefings and blog articles on relevant issues.

For further information about the role please contact Shona Skakle, on shona.skakle@parliament.scot.

Please apply before 12 noon on Wednesday 26 January. Full details of our selection process is outlined below.

About You

You will have detailed subject knowledge of the education and children’s services policy areas, and considerable relevant experience working in analysis, research or policy development.  You will also have a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience.

You will be able to communicate complex issues with brevity, accuracy and impartiality, both orally and in writing, to tight deadlines.

You will demonstrate a high level of personal credibility with excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships.

For full information about the role, have a look at the job description

The Selection Process

Stage 1

Click ‘apply’ and this will allow you to register and complete your values-based statement. Your application will be assessed solely on your statement.

Our values are a central part of our working culture and our people management processes and are used to recruit, manage and develop our staff. For more on our values and behaviours framework, please visit our Staff Handbook site.

When completing the values-based statement, please address the key requirements as outlined in the Job Description. You should address the bullet points under ‘And in delivering these you will have…’ This may include specific skills, experience, abilities, knowledge and strengths you have and should include examples which demonstrate this. Please provide evidence against each of our four values, a maximum of 400 words is allowed per value.

Please note:  When writing your values-based statement the system will time out after an hour and your work will be lost. You don't have the option to save your application and return to it later.  If the system times out, you can go into your ‘candidate profile’ to access and complete your statement. Please only 'submit' your application when you're content it is complete.  If you 'cancel' then your work won't be saved.  You may want to complete your answers to the questions offline and then copy and paste your answers when you're ready to submit your application.  Once you've submitted your application, you don't have the option to go back.

Stage 2

At the final stage, you’ll be invited to attend a virtual panel interview, and will also be asked to undertake a written exercise.  Interviews will be held on Thursday 10 February, although this is subject to change.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process please email careers@parliament.scot 

Our commitment to an inclusive workforce

We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer and guarantee to interview any disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role.  If you have a disability and would like to talk to us about any aspects of this job, please contact us.  More details can be found here.

If you hold an adjustment passport, we encourage you to discuss your current working hours and adjustments in relation to the role you’re applying for.