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Remuneration:£306 per day 

Location:Various locations throughout Scotland 

Closing date:05 October 2018 at midnight 

Appointment of the Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission

Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission.  The appointment is for up to five years from 7 January 2019

Information about the Poverty and Inequality Commission

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a new public body and influence policy to reduce poverty and inequality in Scotland, working closely with a range of stakeholders, including Scottish Ministers, to do so.  A full information pack is available containing everything you need to know about the role of Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission – including key information on the Commission itself, the recruitment process, how to apply, and timescales for doing so.

The Commission will be formally set up from July 2019 as a new public body, as required by the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017.  It will replace the interim Commission, which was launched in July 2017 by the First Minister: more information on the interim Commission can be found here www.povertyinequality.scot.

The new Commission will be made up of the Chair and between four and eight other members (‘Commissioners’).  The appointment of Commissioners will begin in early 2019, once the Chair is appointed.

The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act sets out a number of tasks that the Commission must take on as part of its standard workplan.  Beyond this, the Commission can set its own work programme in discussion with Ministers and can gather evidence, commission research and prepare reports as it sees fit. The Commission will have a key role to play in:

* advising Scottish Ministers on the measures they propose to include in delivery plans to reduce child poverty;

* commenting on progress made towards the child poverty targets set out in the Act, whether progress is sufficient and what further progress is required;

* advising Scottish Ministers on any matter relating to poverty or inequality in Scotland, including the impact of their policies and use of resources in reducing such poverty    and inequality;

* monitoring progress in reducing poverty and inequality in Scotland;

* promoting the reduction of poverty and inequality in Scotland.

The Commission will have a budget agreed on an annual basis and a dedicated secretariat will support the work of the Chair and the Commission.

Role and responsibilities

The Chair will be crucial to the Commission’s success.  As Chair, you will be responsible for leading the Commission, setting out a vision and working closely with Commissioners to make sure the new body’s objectives are delivered successfully.

You will have a key role in ensuring effective scrutiny of Scottish Government progress to reduce poverty and inequality.  You will also lead on considering the impacts of actions by others on poverty and inequality in Scotland, providing constructive challenge as appropriate.  Across all your work, you will seek to influence stakeholders – including Scottish Ministers – effectively to deliver change.

In managing the Commission, your strong leadership should ensure that, while individual Commissioner’s views may differ, the Commission reaches an informed consensus based on evidence.  You will work to make full use of the strengths of all Commissioners so as to give the best quality advice to Ministers.

You will lead the Commission in building and maintaining effective networks and partnerships with external stakeholders in order to influence thinking and to reach informed positions.  As the public face of the Commission, you will speak at public events and undertake media work as needed to promote the Commission’s work.  In discussion with Commissioners, you will set the Commission’s workplan and allocate tasks to the secretariat and Commissioners.

You will report directly to the lead Minister, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell.


The Chair must demonstrate their ability to undertake the following priority skills and understanding:

* leading the Commission;

* scrutiny, constructive challenge and influencing;

* a strong understanding of Poverty and Inequality issues in Scotland;

* effective communication;

* working collaboratively and co-operatively;

* governance.

It would also be desirable if the Chair could demonstrate practical expertise in one or both of the following:

* lived experience of poverty and/or inequality – this experience could be current or in the past, for a short or sustained period; and/or

* a strong background of engaging with disadvantaged or marginalised individuals, communities or groups for the purposes of developing inclusive policy.

Appointment Information

The initial appointment is for up to five years with the possibility of reappointment.  The appointment is remunerated at the rate of £306.00 per day.  Travel and subsistence allowances are payable as are reasonable child and carer costs.  The appointment is not pensionable.

From appointment on 7 January 2019, until 30 June 2019, the total time commitment to the role will likely be around six days.  From 1 July 2019, the commitment will increase to an average of four days each month to undertake core business.  Detailed information on the breakdown of the time commitment is set out in the applicant pack.

Meetings of the Commission will likely be held on a monthly basis and will be held in a central location in either Glasgow or Edinburgh.  There will also be need for the Chair to attend stakeholder meetings across Scotland, or beyond, as required.

Further Information

Full information on the appointments, please read the Applicant Information Pack accessed via the link below.  Closing date for applications is 5 October 2018.

Applicants should be aware that in line with the scrutiny arrangements in place for this appointment, the successful candidate will appear before the Social Security Committee.  The meeting has been set provisionally for Thursday, 20 December.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, and people aged under 50.

Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity and treatment to all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to meet the person specification and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by email at public.appointments@gov.scot.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

Application Information

Please apply online.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

Additional Information

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