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Smart Clachan Development Officer

  • Salary: £29,000
  • Hours: 35 hours per week
  • Operational Area: Uist (Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay)
  • Location: Home based – Uist preferred
  • Contract: Initial 3 year contract
  • Pension: SHAPS DC Pension Scheme
  • Leave: 36 days per year inclusive of public holidays

Job Description

Smart Clachan are a 21st Century revival of a clachan – taking the build form of a clachan and incorporating affordable housing development models. They will include a range of shared services and facilities to foster community and connectivity, including co-working and community space, shared workshops, cooperative growing space, community renewables, district heating systems, and shared electric vehicles. A smart clachan can incorporate all or just one or two of these shared services and facilities. At its core, it is a small development of affordable housing and workspace.

Job Purpose

We are looking for a dynamic individual who can help to develop the concept of Smart Clachans in Uist to create affordable housing options and help sustain these communities.

As Smart Clachan Development Officer, you will lead the development of Smart Clachan projects. You will enable the implementation of pilot projects for the Smart Clachan concept, working with island community groups to develop the format of each Smart Clachan to ensure the tenure, components and design meet their housing, social and economic requirements. You will work closely with the island council, development agencies, land owners, and community organisations to identify locations, funding and support for each project.

The role will require you to have excellent communication skills, an ability to work with groups as well as organisational and planning skills. You will be able to inspire, motivate and support communities to bring about change, and to broker positive and effective relationships between communities, landowners and island councils.


  • Develop Smart Clachan proposals with communities in three locations across Uist

Research and Development

  • Form community partnerships to oversee and garner support for each development. These will involve community, third sector, private sector and public sector partners.
  • Engage with the community and local business in each location to ensure that the Smart Clachan development meets the current and anticipated future needs of local people and the local economy.
  • Undertake market research to help guide the type and tenure of housing, the type of workspace, workshop requirements and growing space required in each location.
  • Support the creation and development of groups where self build is the identified development route
  • Secure feasibility funding from the Rural & Islands Housing Fund, the Scottish Land Fund and Highlands & Islands Enterprise to produce architects plans, land surveys and QS costings.
  • Develop a business plan for each Smart Clachan setting out development timescales and identifying funding sources and incomes streams to deliver the multiple elements of the project.
  • Produce funding applications to secure grant funding for the different elements of the project.Implementation and Project Management

Implementation and Project Management

  • Develop an Implementation Plan for each of the three locations. These will clearly identify the various tasks involved in each project, along with responsibilities and estimated timescales for each task. Each project will have a ‘route map’ to enable easy understanding, at any given time, of what point each project is at.
  • Ensure that the project is effectively managed by a single, coordinated point of contact throughout the entire three-year duration. This person will liaise closely with partners for each of the three projects, sharing information, advice and issues and managing the process.

Person Specification

Criteria Essential Desirable
Experience & Knowledge Managing projects;

Community engagement;

Knowledge of island life and housing
Policy relating to housing, islands and land;

Community landownership;

Community development
Skills Ability to think creatively and solve problems;

Good verbal and written communications skills;

Ability to work autonomously and independently;

Working with groups;

Excellent interpersonal skills;

Ability to create partnerships and facilitate coproduction

Current UK Driving Licence;

Experience of using social media to engage communities or disseminate work;

Flexible approach to working hours as evening and weekend working will occasionally be required;

Writing funding reports and bids

Attributes Persistent;



To apply for this exciting role, please send a CV and covering letter to

For more information please contact Derek Logie on 07818114583

Recruitment Process

Job advertised: 1st November 2021
Closing date: 21st November 2021
Applicants will be informed: 26th November 2021
Interviews: 1st/2nd/3rd December

We ensure fairness and equal opportunities in all we do. We welcome applications from suitably skilled candidates regardless of ethnicity, disability, sex, sexuality, gender, religion, marital status or age.