Job Vacancy: Policy and Public Affairs

Job Vacancy: Policy and Public Affairs

HOWARD LEAGUE SCOTLAND

POLICY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS ADVISER

 

Howard League Scotland (HLS)is Scotland’s leading independent penal reform organisation. Established in 1979, HLS promotes just responses to the causes and consequences of crime. It campaigns for progressive and evidence-led penal practice, based on evidence of ‘what works’ and careful ethical reflection on ‘what’s right’. 

We are seeking a Policy and Public Affairs Adviser for 20 hours a week from October/November for six months on a self-employed basis. You should be educated at least to Honours degree level or equivalent and be able to demonstrate awareness of current debates in crime and justice policy, as well as good analytical and research skills. Preference will be given to applicants with a research background in criminology and/or penology. You should have an understanding of public policy analysis and excellent drafting and organisational skills. IT requirements for the role are intermediate (at least) or advanced (preferred). Experience of organising events is desirable. You must be able to work from home unsupervised.  The successful candidate will be self-employed.

A role description is attached below.

Please send your CV and a covering letter giving the name of two professional referees and outlining what you would bring to the role of PPAA with Howard League Scotland to Sue Moody at:

moodysue784@gmail.com

 

The closing date is Friday 21 September.

Interviews will take place during the week beginning 24 September.

POLICY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS ADVISER – ROLE DESCRIPTION 

 

RESPONSIBLE TO: Howard League Scotland Executive Committee (HLS EC) 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: None 

MAIN PURPOSES OF THE JOB

  • To ensure the Howard League Scotland (HLS) is a leading and informed voice on current penal practice in respect of prison regimes, resettlement, and the provision of community sentencesandof Human Rights.

MAIN DUTIES 

  • Maintain an up-to-date awareness of relevant external policy changes, policy issues, consultations and research findings and inform HLS EC accordingly
  • Help determine and promote policy positions andmake links on this, where appropriate, with relevant organisations
  • Disseminate the above to stakeholders, including key parliamentarians, civil and other public servants, funders, academics, other public figures, HLS members and the media/general public
  • Establish sections on the website to hold the above information, including FAQs on the issues
  • Compile and disseminate a regular e-newsletter, at least quarterly
  • Send out regular messages on Facebook and Twitter linking to the FAQs blog when new reports are published 
  • Draft press releases and assist with media responses as required
  • Plan for and coordinate events which contribute to knowledge exchange.

SKILLS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

The post holder should be educated at least to good Honours degree level, and should have good analytical and research skills. Good understanding of public policy work is essential. The post holder should be able to demonstrate drafting and organisational skills. IT requirements for the role are intermediate (at least) or advanced (preferred). Experience of organising events is desirable. The post holder must be able to work from home unsupervised.

OTHER

The post holder will require to be committed to HLS’s aims, objectives and values in penal reform and to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to valuing diversity.

 

·      Fees: £16 an hour

·      Status: self-employed-the post holder is responsible for their own taxation 

·      Hours: 20 hours a week to be worked flexibly and which may include very occasional evening or weekend work

·      Support and supervision: report to Sue Moody

·      Notice: a month on either side, in writing.

 

 

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