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Policy Officer

  • Full time or Part time
  • £31,939 – £36,651
  • Our offices are in Edinburgh, and we are moving to a hybrid working model that will include flexibility about candidate location and home working.
  • Closing 4th July 2022

  • Advertised from 17th June 2022


We are open to considering applications for full time and part time hours – please specify your preference when applying.

The Role

Scottish Women’s Aid team has an exciting opportunity to join their team as a Policy Officer. The links between domestic abuse and women’s poverty are clear. With the cost of living crisis escalating, women and children experiencing domestic abuse are facing increasing poverty. The focus of this Policy Officer role over the next year will be on leading our work on social security and poverty reduction, to ensure that SWA is well placed to continue to influence and respond effectively.

The Organisation

Scottish Women’s Aid is Scotland’s leading voluntary sector organisation working to prevent domestic abuse and promote effective policy and practice responses for women, children and young people who experience domestic abuse. We are the umbrella organisation for 34 autonomous Women’s Aid groups delivering direct services to women, children, and young people across Scotland.

What You’ll Do

The Policy Officer will monitor the changing policy and legislative landscape in Scotland in relation to domestic abuse and women’s and children’s poverty with a special focus on social security policy. Working with a diverse range of stakeholders to identify and influence key policy areas relevant to SWA and its member organisations, the role holder will build and maintain effective relationships and alliances to aid in providing solutions, contributing to an evidence-based approach to the development of relevant public policy and strategy.

What We Need

The successful candidate will have experience of working on social policy and of a gender analysis of policy. You will have a good understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to poverty and an understanding of a gendered analysis of domestic abuse. You will be a confident networker with strong public speaking skills and the ability to influence at all levels.

We’re looking for someone who has

  • A sound knowledge and understanding of a gendered analysis of domestic abuse and the impact of domestic abuse on women, children and young people
  • Knowledge of the issues, policies and legislation within Scotland affecting women, children and young people who experience domestic abuse
  • Skill in interpreting and presenting complex issues to a variety of audiences
  • A positive track record of working effectively with diverse stakeholders including policy makers, practitioners and researchers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to plan effectively to meet strategic aims

Application notes

Visit our website and download the application pack

If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact: Ella Lees, Operations Manager

For any general questions relating to the vacancy please contact Square Peg HR is our recruitment partner for this vacancy.

Closing date for applications: 4th July 2022 @ 12noon

Interview date: TBC

Scottish Women’s Aid is committed to promoting equality and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Applications will be accepted from women only under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Scottish Women’s Aid is a company limited by guarantee, company no. SC128433, and a charity registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, charity no. SC001099.