Policy Officer

  • Part time
  • £29,797 – £32,891 pro-rata
  • We are currently working from home with desk space available at our Edinburgh office and have a hybrid model in development.
  • Closing 23rd May 2022

  • Advertised from 2nd May 2022
  • Part time, permanent (subject to continued funding). Salary Grade: Grade 3. Working hours: 30 hours per week


About Us

Zero Tolerance is a Scottish charity working to end men’s violence against women by promoting gender equality and by challenging attitudes which normalise violence and abuse.

We are a values-led organisation and seek to continually improve the way that we integrate feminism, equality and diversity into our internal and external work. Recently this has included an HR policies review that resulted in enhancements to employee benefits such as parental leave, and the introduction of miscarriage and menopause policies; a salary review to ensure our salaries are fair and competitive; and whole-team training on equalities issues including disability and anti-racism. Later this year we are planning a piece of work on feminist leadership.

Zero Tolerance has a commitment to diversity and challenging all forms of inequality alongside gender inequality. We would be particularly keen to encourage applicants from Black Minority and Ethnic, LGBT, disabled, migrant and other backgrounds currently underrepresented within the women’s sector.

What You’ll Do

We are looking for an experienced Policy Officer to join our team and lead on the development of robust, evidence-based policy responses to prevent violence against women and girls. You will support the organisation’s aims by building effective networks, monitoring and analysing developing public policy and researching and writing reports in line with campaign and policy priorities.

Influencing key decision makers and stakeholders across local authorities, Scottish and UK governments and third sector organisations is critical, with the successful candidate working in close collaboration with the women’s sector as a whole.

You will represent Zero Tolerance on advisory and working groups with stakeholders, acting as Chair/Co-chair as required and work with ZT colleagues to identify areas of influence and priority: incorporating the views and needs of marginalised women is essential in the role.

What We Need

The successful candidate will have previous experience in a similar role with strong knowledge and understanding of violence against women and gender equality. You’ll be a skilled communicator with the ability to present complex ideas to a variety of audiences including senior politicians: as an effective negotiator, you will have the ability to influence and shape agenda at the highest levels and with a diversity of stakeholders and partners.

You will also have:

  • Excellent understanding of the Scottish political landscape
  • The ability to understand complex policy issues, articulate clear and focused responses, and make judgements based on quality evidence
  • Demonstrable project management skills, managing both reactive and planned work
  • Proven experience of building networks

What We Offer

As well as a competitive salary, we offer an excellent pension scheme (6% employers’ contribution) and 28 days annual leave plus 10 public holidays. We have a flexible working hours policy, and actively encourage continuous professional development for all our employees. We also offer annual pay progression, and operate a grading structure based on five salary grades. New employees start on point 1 of each salary grade and receive annual increments until the top of the grade is reached. This role is Grade 3 £29,797 – £32,891.

Application notes

For a full job description, application form and details of how to apply, please visit our Careers page Zero Tolerance careers - hireful.

For any questions relating to the vacancy please contact carolyn.hughes@squarepeghr.co.uk

Square Peg HR is our recruitment partner for this vacancy and application forms will be returned to Square Peg HR’s recruitment platform.

Closing date for applications: Monday 23rd May @ 12 noon.

Interview dates: 3rd/4th May 2022.