Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) Research Intern with Corra Foundation




Location: Edinburgh
£16.665 per annum
Full Time for 6 months, with potential for extension
Start date: 3 September 2018
Closing date: 6 August 2018. 12 noon.

About the Company

Corra Foundation has over 30 years’ experience as one of Scotland’s leading grant-makers, distributing more than £132m through over 14,500 grants to charities. We were previously called Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. Corra Foundation exists to make a difference to people and communities, by encouraging positive change, opportunities, fairness and growth of aspirations, which improve quality of life.

Our vision is for a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives. We work closely with other charities and funders, communities and policymakers towards our four key aims:

• Be the best grant-maker we can be – Grant making is at the heart of what we do, and we want to do it as well as possible with an open and accessible approach.
• Get alongside communities – We are working differently, including with communities we don’t historically reach and others with a big appetite for change.
• Share expertise – We will use our 30+ years’ experience in grant making to support others.
• Partnership – We want to make a bigger difference to people by working together with others.

The Role

The Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) is a relationship funding programme with a focus on the needs of children and young people affected by drugs and alcohol, either of their own, or as a result of a parent or guardian’s alcohol or drug use. PDI looks to build strong relationships with funded services, learn from them to help shape the programme and ensure that what we learn from our funded groups is able to influence policy and practice.

The role of PDI Research Intern will support a qualitative research project and will focus on relationships in the context of third sector support services which support children affected by alcohol or drugs. The post holder will complete a literature review and research project to help us address the gaps in supporting the needs of children and young people.


The PDI Research Intern will provide support to help the PDI team in continually improving the knowledge base that will support the needs of children and young people affected by drug and alcohol issues. The role is initially a fixed term six-month contract that will look to draw upon evidence from across Scotland, UK and the rest of the world to help understand relationships based practice. This will provide a strong platform to help improve the quality of funding proposals to PDI, as well as contribute to the Scottish national and local policy and planning context.

Reporting to the PDI Programme Manager, and with the support of an Academic Supervisor, the main activities and responsibilities of the post will be:

• Undertake a literature review with a specific focus on relationships and relationships based practice within third sector organisations
• Undertake data collection from interested stakeholders including practitioners that will complement the action research and literature review
• To gather views and feedback from PDI funded projects
• To analyse and pull out key themes from the literature review and to summarise these in various formats for a variety of audiences
• Draft interim and final reports that reflects all the evidence gathered.
• Provide regular updates both verbal and written to PDI Advisory Group on the progress of the study
• Attend and contribute to all events in relation to the recovery of children research and development project providing updates to a range of stakeholders on the progress of the work
• Provide additional support when required to the PDI team and wider Corra Founation

Some travel will be involved in the



The ideal candidate will be educated to MSc/MA level in a social sciences or related relevant field.

You will be able to demonstrate the following skills, abilities and attributes:

• Strong research and analytical skills including the ability to absorb a wide range of potentially complex information and summarise this to provide a clear set of recommendations or solutions
• Ability to plan, organise and prioritise your own work and meet agreed deadlines
• Awareness of children and young people policy and practice environment
• Ability to engage and develop positive working relationships with a range of stakeholders
• Understanding of evaluation and monitoring approaches
• Principal skills include communication both written and oral, and strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to produce reports that convey complex information concisely and in plain English
• The job holder must be willing to develop new skills as appropriate

Care experience or experiences of parental alcohol and drug issues are an asset to this post.


Closing date for applications is 6 August 2018, 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and covering letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State A) your availability and B) relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job specifications. We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.