Community & Outreach Engagement Officer West of Scotland

Job Description and Person Specification


Post Title: Community & Outreach Engagement Officer West of Scotland


Project aims: The Afro-Caribbean Good Life Environmental Initiative aim at stimulating, supporting and encouraging African and Caribbean Community resilience and sustainability towards low carbon community around Glasgow and West of Scotland.   


Reporting to:     CEO Next Step Initiative and Board of Management.


Main Purpose of  Post:     Delivery of Project aims, fostering good relationships with the African and Caribbean Communities and coordination of the Outreach and Engagement Programme in West of Scotland, developing new partnerships, and the supervision and support of volunteers.


Main Relationships:    African and Caribbean community Organisations in Glasgow/West of Scotland, Home Energy Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland.


Terms & Condition: Fixed Term contract from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020


Contract Value: –£15,696 (including employer NI & 4%pension contributions) Minimum input toward the project will be 25 hours per week


Office Base: Glasgow but with responsibility in West of Scotland


Scope of the job: Your Role

As part of the team at Next Step Initiative, you will be part of a team to deliver the new ‘’The Afro-Caribbean Good Life Environmental  Initiative’’.. You will successfully develop and deliver against an ambitious project plan, and ensure high quality delivery


  • Reduction of family Carbon footprint/Energy Consumption and applying energy efficient practice.
  • Contribute toward the cut down of carbon emission by 455 tonnes co2e  (life time)from 300 African and Caribbean household around Glasgow and West of Scotland.(responsible for 150 households in West of Scotland)
  • Improving behavioural change, lifestyle of individual & families’ practices which will reduce primary and secondary carbon foot print/emission.
  • Improve community sustainability by training 20 climate champions and 300 individuals from the community on energy saving and efficiency, change of life style towards environmental friendly practices.
  • Overall responsibility for recruitment / induction and training of volunteers


Duties and Key responsibilities


  • Coordinate the outreach and engagement programme with the community groups (mainly with isolated African and Caribbean groups) in West of Scotland
  • Coordinate,plan and deliver home visit, energy advise  to over 150 households in West of Scotland over the period of project
  • Coordinate the use of ABCi media (Radio & TV) to deliver climate change programs on a weekly basis
  • Coordinate training of community champions and equipping them with the knowledge to use energy saving gadgets and to pass the knowledge to the communities


  • Work with the rest of the team and NSI CEO to develop and implement climate change information apps for update and accessibility of information
  • Oversee recruitment and support Energy Champions and volunteers covering West of Scotland.
  • Coordinate the development of video about the project learning where community members will talk about their journey toward low carbon lifestyle
  • Coordinate home energy audits within African and Caribbean households in West of Scotland, raise awareness of Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme, and make referrals to Home Energy Scotland as required
  • Submit monthly report to NSI CEO


  • Carry out other appropriate duties as required.


Personal Training and Development


  • Undertake appropriate training where necessary


How to Apply:


Please send a CV and covering letter (Max two pages) outlining why you are applying and your suitability for the role. The letter should speak directly to the responsibilities, Key Competencies, skills and experience outlined in the job description. Please also return a completed equality and diversity monitoring form. The  detailed Role description and person specification can be found at


Applications should be send to : or telephone 01414402700

Please include your name and ‘’ Community & Outreach Engagement Officer West of Scotland’’The Afro-Caribbean Good Life Environmental  Initiative in the email line


Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Monday 29th  March 2019.


Interview Date:   Monday , 1st April  2019.


Next Step Initiative is a Registered Scottish Charity Incorporation Organisation in Scotland and Registered Scottish Charity No. SCO14305. Registered Office: Africa House, 300 Broomloan Road, Glasgow, G51 2JQ

Paid traineeships (Tax free with qualification or certificate)

Available Positions:  Museums & Galleries Traineeship x 2 (Edinburgh)

  Technical Conservation Skills Traineeship x 2 (Stirling)

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Applications are now open for 4 full time (Monday – Friday), 12-month work-based placements in Museum and Heritage Sectors starting late March / April 20189.

Training Bursary grant of £13,500 gross per annum

Plus a qualification/certificate recognizing learning and understanding.

Application deadline:  Wednesday 6th March at 5 pm

Interviews week commencing 11th March 2019

Next Step Initiative is a leading Ethnic Minority Social Enterprise and Charity established in 2009, working towards transforming the quality of life of African and Caribbean/Ethnic Minority Communities in Scotland. Through the support of strategic heritage partners, has created this unique and exciting new skills training programme. ‘The Ethnic Minority Career Museum and Built Environment Heritage Programme’, (EMCMBEHP). Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s National Skills for the Future Initiative.

Trainee host partners (2019-2020) include: Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh Museums and Galleries, and the David Livingstone Trust.

Selection Criteria: Experience & Skills

    • Applicants must have a proven enthusiasm for and interest in culture and heritage and a genuine wish to pursue a career in the sector.
    • No specific academic qualifications are required but the trainees should be able to express themselves clearly in spoken and written English, have reasonable arithmetic and mathematical skills and have good attention to details.
  • Traineeship is only open to people from African and Caribbean/Ethnic Minority Communities across Scotland

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Next Step Initiative’s Inclusive Museum Heritage Project has been recognised as a Recruitment Best Practices Model by an external evaluation Report September 2016 by BOP Consulting titled ‘’Character Matters: Attitudes, behaviours and skills in the UK Museum Workforce ‘’commissioned by Arts Council England, Museum Galleries Scotland, Museums Association, Association of Independent Museum

The researchers asked what attitudes, behaviours and skills the UK museum workforce already has and would need in the next 10 years, what is already invested and what the support looks like.

The report shows where investment is most needed to best support the museum sector, and highlights areas of future development.

It offers 30 recommendations in the area of recruitment, skills and knowledge, training and continuing professional development, organisational development, and sector development and shares the in-depth analysis of the current and future state with outside and inside views

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Four trainees who recently embarked upon yearlong placements at Glasgow Museums and the National Trust for Scotland are already making an impact with duties such as hosting tours, transcribing old books and undertaking research. The apprentices have been appointed as part of the Inclusive Museum Heritage Project, which was developed to create greater opportunities for African and minority ethnic communities to access and engage in the Scottish museum sector.


The Inclusive Museum Heritage Project was inspired after consultations with Black and minority ethnic communities highlighted that work was needed to ensure they are represented by the museum sector and that their stories are being told.  The innovative programme was developed by Next Step Initiative with support from a number of partners including Glasgow Life, National Trust Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland.


The trainees are based at Riverside Museum, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, with the Open Museum and at the David Livingstone Centre.  During the 12 month placement they will also undertake a level 3 SVQ in Museums and Galleries practice, a qualification developed by Museums Galleries Scotland for their Heritage Horizon’s traineeship programme.


Sali Dirar, who is an Open Museum trainee based at Glasgow Museum Resource Centre, said: “I am so pleased I grabbed this opportunity with both hands.  It represented an excellent chance to develop my skills and get some solid work experience on a new career path.  I’m really enjoying my time so far, every day is new learning experience and it’s really exciting”.


As well as the traineeships, the Inclusive Museums Heritage Project also involves outreach work with local African Communities and capacity building programmes for the museum sector will explore how to engage with African communities across Scotland.


Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, added: “Glasgow Museums is pleased to be part of this pioneering initiative.  Our aim is to inspire Glasgow citizens and visitors to lead richer lives through culture and learning and this project brings these together beautifully.  In addition to allowing the trainees to strengthen their experience and qualifications, their story is sure to motivate others in their community to become involved in museums.”


Beltus Etchu, CEO of Next Step Initiative, said: “Since 2009, Next Step Initiative has been creating links with African communities and providing the tools, training and experience to encourage and empower African communities and individuals to fulfill their potential in the work place.


“The Inclusive Museum Project not only shows African communities that the museum sector is a route to employability, but also as an educational resource for African families to engage with.  Additionally, it also changes perceptions of Africans in the workplace from the employer’s point of view, and the integration and enthusiasm of the trainees demonstrates how Africans can be a vital resource to an organisation.  We are pleased that the Heritage Lottery Fund, Glasgow Life, National Trust for Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland saw the potential and supported us in bringing this project online.”


Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “I am delighted that Museums Galleries Scotland is involved in this innovative, grass roots project. The strength of the Inclusive Museums Heritage Project stems from its multi-stranded approach of outreach events, capacity building, accredited work based training and placement. I am pleased that the SVQ in Museums and Heritage Practice has been adopted as we created that specifically to widen access to the museum sector.”


The Inclusive Museum Heritage Project is supported by £98,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


  • Museums Galleries Scotland is the National Development Body for museums and galleries in Scotland and offers strategic development support to the sector.
  • The Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Skills for the Future’ awarded MGS £422,400 to deliver the Heritage Horizons Traineeship Programme.
  • Next Step Initiative is a Glasgow based charitable organisation whose mission is to empower, improve and transform the quality of life of the deprived and less engaged African Communities in Scotland.


For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Rough, Glasgow Life

Phone 0141 287 3575 Mob 0777 540 7443


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