Development Officer (Equal Representation)

  • Full time
  • £25,461
  • Edinburgh (home working during the Covid-19 pandemic)
  • Closing 15th February 2021

  • Advertised from 13th January 2021
  • This post is funded for one year and it is not expected to be extended. 35 hours / week.
  • Pension: 8% employer contribution. Leave entitlement: 38 days (including public holidays)


Engender, Scotland’s feminist policy and advocacy organisation is seeking a Development Officer for a one-year post to work on improving women’s political representation in Scotland.


To increase the representation of diverse women within political parties by working directly with political parties and equalities organisations to identify opportunities for online activism and organising though the Equal Representation in Political Parties tool.

Specific duties:

  • To establish relationships with key figures in political parties, including women’s and equality officers and national and regional level;
  • To host webinars to demonstrate how to use the tool;
  • To provide ongoing support for parties to enable them to use the tool effectively;
  • To collate qualitative evidence about use of the online tool;
  • To gather information on any other inclusion initiatives being undertaken by political parties;
  • To chart the impact of the tool;
  • To update the online tool and app to reflect best practice and include case studies.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • A sound understanding of how political parties function;
  • Experience of designing and delivering training;
  • A sound understanding of intersectionality and how women experience multiple discriminations;
  • Experience of developing effective partnerships;
  • Ability to collate and analyse data;
  • Clear writing style, and ability to communicate complex issues simply;
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills;
  • Verbal communication skills, including delivering presentations;
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise workloads and meet targets;
  • Ability to evaluate resources and initiatives.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of networking at a national and local level;
  • Experience of political activism;
  • Demonstrable commitment to equality across all protected characteristics.

Responsible to: The Head of Development

Location: 10 Old Tolbooth Wynd, Edinburgh, EH8 8EQ (home working during the Covid-19 pandemic)

Application notes

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Closing date: 15th February 9am

Anticipated date for interview: 26th February