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Capacity Building Support Specialist, Scotland

  • Full time
  • £38,410
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 18th February 2024

  • Advertised from 30th January 2024
  • 1-year fixed term contract. 3 month probationary period.


Fauna & Flora is seeking an institutional development specialist with experience of working directly with Community-based Organisations (CBOs) or small, locally-based groups, for a one-year fixed term role. This role has been designed to meet an expressed need captured during the 2023 Coastal Communities Network gathering and is linked directly to grant funding, providing a short-term boost to enable these groups to move forward. The Capacity Building Support Specialist, Scotland, will lead provision of a package of bespoke measures designed to catalyse and kickstart the institutional development of a small pool of CBOs in Scotland, each of whom are engaging in the protection, management and/or restoration of their local natural environment. Working with a selection of agreed CBOs, the postholder will provide varied and carefully judged forms of engagement (e.g. technical input, advice, training, organisational development and mentoring) specifically designed to help each CBO overcome major barriers to institutional and financial sustainability, likely including actions required to enable CBOs to recruit and retain staff members in the future. In addition to providing this tailored technical support, the post holder will also support these CBOs to access accompanying funding available from an internal grant scheme managed by Fauna & Flora, helping them to obtain funding needed to invest directly in their long-term organisational capacity.

You will be a skilled and experienced institutional development specialist with experience of working directly with CBOs or similar groups. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and a strong ability to work sensitively and constructively with groups and individuals. You will have strong experience of supporting the development of local grassroots organisations/CBOs, demonstrable abilities in mentoring and supporting individuals and organisations and experience of liaising remotely with a range of partners and stakeholders. You will have a tried-and-tested toolkit of methods to apply to a range of group development scenarios and will be self-motivated, independent, resourceful and committed to producing high quality work.

In return, the role offers the opportunity to work within a ground-breaking and entrepreneurial organisation, at the forefront of global conservation, and alongside a vibrant and dynamic community network at an exciting stage of its development. In addition, Fauna & Flora offers a generous pension contribution, attractive annual leave allowance and life insurance. This position is based at Fauna & Flora’s Central Edinburgh office space, with partial remote working within the UK, to be agreed between the post-holder and line-manager. Some UK-wide travel may be required

Application notes

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The closing date for applications is Sunday, 18 February 2024. Interviews are likely to take place during the week commencing Monday, 4 March 2024.