RECRUITING: Peer Reviewers for Scottish National Standards

Are you an experienced housing, benefits or debt adviser, supervisor or trainer interested in making a difference?

If you are, would you like to become a SNSIAP peer reviewer?

We are looking for people who are confident in their subject knowledge (housing, welfare benefits or debt) who can objectively assess case-files using the peer review assessment criteria and who appreciate that there are many different ways of delivering quality advice.

You must have good written English and be able to make and justify difficult decisions, be open and responsive to constructive feedback and be able to give the same feedback to others.  Attention to detail and good time management skills are also essential.

The time commitment will usually be one or two peer reviews per month, although this may vary.  Attendance at annual training is also compulsory (approximately two days per year).

Payment will be £390 per peer review and you will be expected to complete each peer review in approximately two/three days.  Attendance at training sessions will be paid at a rate of £195 per day and we will pay reasonable travel and subsistence expenses where applicable. The contract will be for a one-year fixed period.

How to apply

Further details are available from the role specification provided. To apply, please send the following to by midnight on Sunday 15 September 2019:

  • A detailed CV that includes:
    • a list of training attended or undertaken in the past two years in your chosen Topic (housing/welfare benefits/debt)
    • full postal addresses of all advice-related employment within the last five years)
  • A covering letter explaining your reasons for applying, how you meet the essential requirements of the post and indicating the area(s) of advice you wish to peer review


The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) manages legal aid in Scotland. We are a non-departmental public body responsible to the Scottish Government.

The Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers (SNSIAP) is the accepted quality framework for not-for-profit agencies providing advice on housing, welfare benefits and debt issues. The SNSIAP contains both organisational standards and competences for advisers and agencies.

SLAB has been managing the first three-year test cycle of a new accreditation model and on behalf of Scottish Government, who retain ownership of the SNSIAP and the award of accreditation.

More information about the process is available on our website.

Interview details

If your application successfully passes the shortlisting stage, you will be invited to attend an interview at SLAB’s premises in Edinburgh where you will be asked to show how you meet the core competences of the post.

We plan to hold interviews between 3-10 October 2019 and training for peer reviewers will take place in November.  Please let us know in your covering letter of any dates that would be unsuitable for you to attend an interview at SLAB’s premises in Edinburgh.

If you are successful at interview stage you will be asked to provide a reference from your current employer.


Get in touch

Please contact Donald Makin on 0131-240-1892, Alison Bean on 0131-240-2190 or Sarah Hamer on 0131-240-2177 if you have any queries.