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Programme Manager

  • Part time
  • £34,000 pro-rata
  • Home working, with occasional access to our office in Edinburgh
  • Closing 2nd February 2022

  • Advertised from 12th January 2022
  • 28 hrs p/w. Start date: ASAP. Contract: Permanent


Reporting to: Head of Programmes

Firstport is looking for a [Programme Manager] with a background in community engagement and a track record of using user-centred service design methodologies to help us shape, launch and deliver our new Social Innovation Challenge. Building on the success of our previous Social Innovation Competition, Firstport aims to launch a redesigned programme to support innovative and collaborative social enterprise solutions to challenges facing individuals, communities and the environment.

This refreshed iteration of the competition will be based on a ‘challenge prize’ approach, where a specific problem or challenge is posed, and individuals and businesses are invited to provide enterprising, innovative solutions to address it.

The challenge will be aimed at the aspiring and early-stage social entrepreneurs currently supported by Firstport as well as new potential participants, partners and stakeholders within the wider Scottish ecosystem. The format of the challenge will be led by the communities engaged, but it is envisaged that collaboration among challenge participants will be encouraged and that successful challenge participants will receive funding to kickstart/deliver their proposals, together with tailored business support

The Social Innovation Challenge will address annual themes, with the first round building on the legacy of COP26 and seeking solutions to climate challenge issues facing rural communities.

Highly organised, dynamic and a strong networker, the successful candidate will have good knowledge of user research and service design methodologies. They will demonstrate experience in supporting people from a wide range of backgrounds to design new products or services or come up with solutions to specific issues or problems. Experience of previous work on a challenge model would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and spoken communication skills and be confident presenting to different audiences. They will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the concept of social enterprise and social innovation, and of the opportunities and challenges for start-ups and early-stage enterprises.

Applications from freelancers interested in developing the programme on a project basis may be considered.

Application notes

Closing date: 2 February 2022 at 9am. Interview date: 9 February 2022

To apply please visit the Firstport website: