SMP vacancy: Youth and Schools Officer

30 Jul 2020


Gemma Burnside, our excellent Youth and Schools Officer, will be moving on to take up a new education partnership post with one of our members – the Open University.  She will be sorely missed and has been an invaluable part of our small team over the last few years, taking our youth and schools work to exciting new levels.


Gemma said: It has been a true delight to work with the SMP team as well as colleagues in Malawi at MaSP, and a privilege to work with the SMP’s fantastic and inspiring members, I’ve learnt a huge amount and will be a lifelong advocate for the dignified partnership model of working between Scotland and Malawi.”


We are now advertising for her successor. 


We are looking to recruit a committed, energetic and engaging individual to develop and support the Partnership’s work with young Scots and Scotland-Malawi school links.

This is an essential and highly visible part of the Scotland-Malawi relationship and we require an individual who is able to think innovatively and strategically, with a high degree of professional autonomy, managing a number of different projects and maintaining key professional working relationships across the sector.

With a particular lens of Global Citizenship Education and the context of Learning for Sustainability within the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence, the role focusses on meaningfully including young people in the discussion of International Development within the relationship between Scotland and Malawi.

We are a small but highly effective staff team, working closely together and drawing on the energy, expertise and enthusiasm of hundreds of major organisations across Scotland working with Malawi.

This is an area in which one passionate and effective individual can make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of young Scots and Malawians. 

Please do help us find the right person by sharing information about the post through your own networks.


Salary: £26,069


Location: Edinburgh City Chambers (although with at least initial home-working due to Covid-19)


Full details, including application pack and


Application deadline09.00, Thursday 27th August 2020