Public Affairs Officer

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Employment Opportunities at the Scottish Youth Parliament

The Scottish Youth Parliament represents Scotland’s young people.  Our vision for Scotland is of a nation that actively listens to and values the meaningful participation of its children and young people.  Our goal is to make this vision a reality, in order to ensure Scotland is the best place in the world to grow up. 

We are a fundamentally rights-based organisation, and our mission, vision, and values are grounded in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  In particular, our purpose embodies Article 12:

"Young people have the right to express their views freely and have their opinions listened to in all matters affecting them.”

As a youth-led organisation, the words and sentiment of Article 12 have profound importance for our work.

Our democratically elected members listen to and recognise the issues that are most important to young people, ensuring that their voices are heard by decision-makers.  We exist to provide a national platform for young people to discuss the issues that are important to them, and campaign to effect the change they wish to see.

Our Values

Democracy – We are youth-led and accountable to young people aged 14 to 25.  Our democratic structure, and the scale of our engagement across Scotland gives us a mandate that sets us apart from other organisations. 

Rights – We are a fundamentally rights-based organisation. We are passionate about making young people aware of their rights, and ensuring that local and national government deliver policies that allow those rights to be upheld. 

Inclusion – We are committed to being truly inclusive and work tirelessly to ensure the voices of every young person from every community and background in Scotland are heard.

Political Impartiality – We are independent from all political parties.  By working with all stakeholders, groups, and individuals who share our values, we can deliver the policies that are most important to young people.

Staff Benefits

At the Scottish Youth Parliament, we offer a range of benefits to our employees, including:

  • Flexible working hours.
  • Generous annual leave and public holiday entitlement, including closure over the winter break as a thank you to the team for all their hard work throughout the year.
  • Time off for medical appointments.
  • Pension scheme matching contributions to 7.5%.
  • Skills-based training and other development opportunities.
  • Recognised Living Wage Employer.
  • Achieved Investors in Young People Gold Accreditation.
  • A bright, friendly working environment with a supportive team of colleagues, situated at the bottom of the Royal Mile, near parliament. 

Public Affairs Officer

Reports to: Chief Executive

Department: Advocacy and Campaigns

Salary: £20,000

Permanent, 35 hours per week - evenings and weekend work will be a requirement

The Scottish Youth Parliament is seeking a Public Affairs Officer to support and contribute to the work of SYP. The successful candidate will support members of the Scottish Youth Parliament in communicating the views of young people to Scotland’s elected representatives and in developing and support all policy work across the organisation

Application notes: To apply for this role, please send completed Application Form to Jamie Dunlop, Deputy Chief Executive by post to SYP, Gordon Lamb House, 3 Jackson’s Entry, Edinburgh, EH8 8PJ or email to  

The closing date for this post is 17:00 on Friday 21st April 2017. 

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