Community-Led Support Intern with EVOC


Location: Edinburgh
£9.00 per hour
Full-Time, 35hr/w, for 6 months with potential for extension
Immediate start
Closing date: 19 August 2019, 12 noon
Interviews will be held during the morning of Tues 27 August


About the Company

"Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council’s (EVOC) purpose is to support, promote, develop and represent the third sector. We play a key role in supporting pioneering, new and innovative ways of working for third sector organisations and community groups that work in Edinburgh. EVOC actively promotes, participates in and contributes to partnership working between the voluntary, public, private and community sectors at a local and national level. 

EVOC has set 5 strategic objectives for 2016-2019. These objectives will be central to all potential developments, team and individual work plans.

• Consulting, supporting and representing the Sector
• Building the capacity of and developing the Sector
• Developing partnership approaches, principles and practice
• Providing improved services by supporting and developing our people
• Being a high quality, effective and developing organisation"


About the Role

The Community-Led Support Intern will be managed by the Senior Development Officer (Older People’s Health and Wellbeing) and through him will be accountable to the EVOC Chief Executive and Management Board.

The post holder will work as part of the Development Team to contribute to the delivery of EVOC’s strategic objectives.


Adult health and social care is a core area of work for EVOC and this post plays a specific key role at a time of significant change in public services. The third sector in Edinburgh currently has an opportunity to take a more active role in public service design and delivery, with third sector Interfaces (TSIs such as EVOC across Scotland) as conduits which bring new intelligence into planning and commissioning, promote localism and offer better value.

The health and social care team at EVOC provides information and support to the organisations and groups delivering care or preventative activities as the integration of health and care services steps up pace and alternative procurement methodologies are explored, among other things. EVOC employs complementary staff that focus on mental health and wellbeing, disabilities, drugs and alcohol, and older people’s services.

Through the team, the post holder will organise/support the development of a Community Led Support, deploying a model of Asset-Based Community Development. He/she will lead on the delivery of an engagement programme which will support improved collaboration between the third, independent & statutory sectors and community members; to promote the interests of the sector and keep the sector up to date with new developments and emerging issues.

Working with the Health and Social Care team, the Community-Led Support Intern shall contribute to the development and delivery of the first phase of a multi-disciplinary, mixed model of preventative and earlier intervention and reablement support delivered over a number of test sites across Edinburgh.

These sites will provide the opportunity for third, independent and statutory sector colleagues to come together around the Three Conversations model to deliver the aspirations of the incoming Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership Strategic Plan.

The work within the wider programme will encompass three main areas: research, engagement and business development/capacity building: we do not anticipate that candidates should be able to address all areas of the work and would be seeking the best fit for the role. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in a number of these areas and be willing to expand their knowledge base.

The role will largely encompass:

• Supporting the team to work with providers to develop an action-research programme which will engage providers, local community-based organisations and faith groups with community members to better understand the preventative health and social care needs of local communities.
• Support the team to better understand the current capacity within the community, identify any gaps and explore how that might best be deployed, commissioned and strengthened in a person-centred and personalised manner.
• Support the team and stakeholders to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by this new model, existing business models and self-directed/personalised support.
• Support the team and stakeholders to ensure that our engagement and communications are effective.
• Support evaluation of the work utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods.
• Support the delivery of relevant reports and communications to funders, stakeholders and community members.


• Create, develop and sustain positive relationships with individuals and organisations.
• Develop and deliver an action-research programme, including appropriate analysis of capacity and demand for voluntary sector provision, gaps in services, qualitative data about engagement with earlier intervention and prevention activities.
• Participate in the development and delivery of a wide-reaching communications and engagement programme within local communities.
• Contribute to the collection, collation and development of accurate, current and relevant resources, information and materials to support the work of identified projects and which may improve future project reporting;
• Contribute to wider partnership working between EVOC, the third sector and statutory sector partners in liaison with the line manager.



The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level with a strong focus on research, analysis and evaluation. Candidates from any degree background will be considered.

You should be able to demonstrate the following specific knowledge and skills:

• Understanding and knowledge of monitoring and evaluation principles and techniques with an outcomes focus.
• Understanding and knowledge of research skills.
• Understanding and knowledge of community engagement, focus groups and 1-2-1 engagement.
• Ability to plan ahead and provide online resources to ensure the sustainability of the outputs from the project
• Communication and presentation skills (reports, presentations etc.)
• Understanding and knowledge of communications skills related to social, electronic and traditional media.
• Analytical skills
• Planning and work management skills, including ability to work independently to an agreed work plan
• Confidence in applying previous knowledge and experience to new contexts and sharing insights across the team.



Closing date for applications is 19 August 2019, 12 noon.

Interviews will be held during the morning of Tues 27 August.

Please submit a CV and tailored Cover Letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. Examples of what we expect in an application can be found HERE. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date.

State A) your availability and B) relevant experience and demonstrate how your skills match the specific requirements of the job description.

We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.