Senior Advocacy Officer

  • Full time
  • £36,000 – £37,823
  • Scotland with frequent travel to Edinburgh and semi-frequent domestic travel in the UK
  • Closing 2nd October 2022

  • Advertised from 8th September 2022
  • 35 hrs per week. Permanent


Are you someone with solid advocacy, policy and strategic planning skills? Do you enjoy building relationships and working collaboratively with partners?

If so, then our Senior Advocacy Officer (may also be referred to as Senior Policy Officer) role may be the right step for you.

Transparency International (TI) is the world’s leading independent anti-corruption organisation. We work globally towards ensuring a world where people’s lives, government, business and society are free from corruption. A world where, the health of our institutions is enhanced so they can better support the people they are intended for; a world where we can trust the integrity of those in authority and in business, and a world where there is no impunity for the corrupt.

About the role

As Senior Advocacy Officer you will lead the planning and delivery of TI-UK’s advocacy efforts outside Westminster, with a focus on Scotland.The role is home-based in Scotland but must be able to travel to Holyrood regularly and domestically within the UK semi-regularly.

The role also assists the UK Programme’s wider advocacy work across the UK, on issues such as political integrity, local government planning permission procurement. A key aspect of the role will be establishing a presence in Scotland and being the point of contact for stakeholders in the Scottish Government, parliament and civil society. Other duties include:

  • Representing TI in advocacy meetings and in media
  • Creating and distributing advocacy materials
  • Building relationships and collaborative work with partners
  • Keeping up to date with developments on relevant policy issues, and helping the team to plan and deliver relevant advocacy outputs
  • Producing and/or inputting to key messaging in external communications to amplify policy recommendations, with e.g. media statements, op eds, blogs, speeches

Your skills

To be successful in this role you will have relevant experience including:

  • Advocacy, policy and strategic planning;
  • Excellent social and intercultural skills;
  • Team working and communicating effectively;
  • Engaging multi-stakeholders, making use of prior contacts and networks, stimulating and shaping partnerships, networks and coalitions;
  • Working knowledge of political institutions in Scotland, Westminster and elsewhere in the UK;
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to juggle a busy and varied work schedule;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and be fluent in English
  • Desirable: Expertise on the issues of corruption /political integrity /open governance or related issues

TI-UK is a registered charity and therefore politically non-partisan. The successful candidate must be comfortable advocating across the political landscape.

In exchange we will offer you:

  • A competitive salary
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Up to 5% contributory pension
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Enhanced sickness and family friendly policies
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A flexible and friendly working environment, with the opportunity for blended working (more details of this can be found on our website)

Application notes

We use Applied for our recruitment. Applied is a recruitment platform that uses anonymised applications with the aim of removing bias and ensuring a fair recruitment process. You can find more details on their website

After the advert closes, your answers will go through our sift process: all answers will be anonymised, randomised and then reviewed by a panel of reviewers. Please note that your CV does not form part of the sift process and you should therefore take the time to answer the specific questions fully and where appropriate with your relevant evidence.

The Applied platform also asks some demographic questions before you start your application. Transparency International UK will not see the responses to these demographic questions with your application. We only see summary statistics to help us check if our candidate pool is balanced and if everyone has an equal chance to get hired irrespective of their background. If you prefer, you can easily opt out of answering these questions.

Please follow this link to start your application:[Goodmoves]

If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to a first interview. At the end of the process, we will provide you with some feedback on how you have performed.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 2nd October 2022.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

We are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.