Join our team: We’re looking for two legal experts who’re passionate about children’s rights

01 June 2018

We’re looking for two new Legal Officers to be fierce champions of human rights.

That’s the kind of person Scotland’s children and young people have told us they need to work for their Commissioner.

People who share our values of bravery, independence, leadership, participation and respect.

And who’re ready to use their legal expertise to make a real difference in people’s lives.

We’re looking for two legal experts to join our team. One post is in advice and investigations, and the other has an international focus.

But both require people who are passionate about promoting and safeguarding children’s human rights.

Both roles are 37 hours a week and pay £32,709 to £40,560 a year.

Who we are

The Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland promotes and safeguards the human rights of everyone in Scotland up to 18, or up to 21 if the young person has care experience.

You’d be joining the Commissioner, Bruce Adamson, and a multi-disciplinary team of 15 hard-working and committed individuals working to influence and drive progressive law, policy and practice within children’s human rights.

We do this by:

  • raising awareness and understanding of children’s human rights,
  • reviewing law, policy and practice relating to children’s human rights,
  • promoting best practice by service providers, and
  • promoting, commissioning, undertaking and publishing research to promote better implementation of children’s human rights.

In doing this, the Commissioner must have regard to the UNCRC and act in a way that encourages equal opportunities.

He must also encourage the involvement of children and young people in his work and consult relevant organisations working with and for children and young people.

The roles we’re looking for

Legal Officer (Investigations and Strategic Litigation)

As our Legal Officer for Investigations and Strategic Litigation, you’ll be responsible for:

You’ll also be directly responsible for the analysis and management of a body of legal casework on behalf of the Commissioner.

Legal Officer (International)

As our International Legal Officer, you’ll be directly responsible for providing the bridge between the Commissioner’s office, international human rights bodies and treaty organisations.

This will involve treaty monitoring and reporting, and engaging in the development of international standards.

You’ll also be responsible for providing advice to the Commissioner on international law and best practice, including the analysis of laws and legislative proposals from the perspective of international and regional legal standards.

Why join us?

You’ll be at the forefront of progressing law, policy and practice at domestic and international level, working every day to make an impact on children and young people’s lives in Scotland.

You’ll also get the chance to work directly with children and young people to ensure that their voices are central to your work.

We offer flexible working hours and excellent holidays and benefits within the public sector in Scotland.

And we’re happy to consider part-time working or job-share requests.

Visit our jobs page to find out more and apply.