Policy and Public Affairs Advisor

  • Full time or Part time
  • Circa £30,000
  • Scotland (Flexible as home working supported. Office working available if required)
  • Closing 3rd December 2021


  • Advertised from 5th November 2021
  • Hours: Full-time or Part-time (we are flexible). Salary: Circa £30,000 (pro-rata if part-time)
  • Reference: 021/05

Role

Electrical Safety First has a fantastic opportunity for a Policy and Public Affairs Advisor, based in Scotland, to assist with the delivery of the Charity's policy and public affairs activities in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

We are the UK’s leading electrical safety charity, campaigning on issues ranging from electric vehicles to calling for better regulation of online marketplaces. We work with Government, politicians and stakeholders to develop consumer protection and electrical safety regulation. With the need to meet net zero, electricity is clearly set to become an even more important part of our lives, and we have a significant role to play in ensuring that this increased reliance does not come at the expense of consumer safety.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contributing to the planning and delivery of influencing, engagement and campaigning activities in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • To monitor and horizon-scan the external policy and public affairs environment in relation to relevant policy areas.
  • To support engagement with relevant politicians, government departments, local government, and external organisations, including establishing, developing and maintaining effective relationships with key parliamentarians and civil servants.
  • Drafting a range of communications, including briefings, consultation responses, policy and research papers, for both internal and external use.
  • Undertaking desktop research to help shape policy development and positions.
  • Representing Electrical Safety First at external meetings, such as Cross-Party Groups, and helping to organise Charity events, including virtual, in parliament and engagement activities at party political conferences.

About You

  • Educated to degree level or relevant experience in a similar role.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced policy and public affairs environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills - an articulate, confident, and effective communicator.
  • An analytical approach to problem solving, ability to develop arguments and think logically and analytically.
  • Ability to build effective stakeholder relationships.
  • Basic understanding and awareness of the Governments and Devolved Parliament and Assembly in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Ability to analyse and present data to assist with the development of policy positions.
  • A team player – willing to help support colleagues within the organisation.
  • Highly organised and flexible.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Good IT skills

Application notes

Closing Date: 3rd December 2021

Please send your CV and a covering letter to catherine.roalfe@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk

We are unable to respond to all applicants due to the high volumes of CVs we receive. Therefore, if you don’t hear from us, unfortunately this means you’ve been unsuccessful on this occasion.

A full job description is available on our website

No Agencies please.