Policy Officer - SCIAF

Policy Officer - SCIAF

Location: Glasgow

Salary: £28,583 – £31,510

 

About the Organisation 

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) is the official overseas aid and development charity of the Catholic Church in Scotland. Last year SCIAF provided long-term development support and emergency help to people in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

 

Role and Responsibilities 

Key elements of the Policy Officer role include research & analysis, developing compelling recommendations, engaging with and influencing decision-makers and stakeholders, contributing to the overall work of the Advocacy team and supporting the work of others within SCIAF. 

 

Person Specification 

 

Area

Essential

Desirable

Qualifications

 

 

Educated to at least degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject.

X

 

Experience

 

 

Experience within field of international development and knowledge of current trends within the sector.

X

 

Experience of research and policy development within the public/voluntary sector.

X

 

Understanding of how different advocacy tools and techniques, including media and campaigning, can be used to influence decision makers

X

 

Some experience of working in an international NGO.

 

X

Some experience of working with the media.

 

X

Some experience of undertaking research or advocacy work in a developing country.

 

X

Knowledge

 

 

A sound understanding and knowledge of Scottish and UK political structures and how to influence them.

X

 

A sympathetic understanding of the life, culture and structures of the Catholic Church and its Social Teaching.

X

 

Skills and Abilities

 

 

Excellent research and analytical skills.

X

 

Ability to apply principles from SCIAF’s vision, mission and values to analysis and research in the development of policy positions.

X

 

Strong written communication skills, including the ability to produce policy documents, research briefings, and contribute to SCIAF publications.

X

 

Strong verbal communication skills, including the ability to be persuasive in debate with policy makers and confidently represent SCIAF through public speaking and media work.

X

 

Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with internal and external stakeholders.

X

 

Ability to use own initiative and work to tight deadlines.

X

 

IT skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office

X

 

Ability to assess, prepare for approval and monitor advocacy projects, including use of projects database.

X

 

Some knowledge of French or Spanish

 

 

X

Attitude

 

 

Empathy with SCIAF’s vision, mission and values, and a passion for tackling international poverty at its root.

X

 

Flexible approach with the ability to work outside of the working day on occasion.

X

 

Politically aware and sensitive.

X

 

Other

 

 

Willingness to travel overseas if required.

 

X

Willing to travel and work unsocial hours.

 

X

 

How to Apply 

For more information about the role and how to apply please click here!

Closing date: 18th of May


 

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