Vacancy: Policy & Public Affairs Officer, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems

Salary: £31,643

Location: Edinburgh

Hours: 35 hours per week


Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) is seeking to appoint an experienced Policy and Public Affairs Officer who is educated to degree level, ideally with a relevant postgraduate qualification, with demonstrable knowledge of public health issues.

The Role

The Policy and Public Affairs Officer will help guide SHAAP advocacy activities through identifying and analysing relevant policy, providing advice and developing evidence-based positions, carrying out research, monitoring media and policy activity, responding to consultations, organising events and providing administrative support.

Based at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and representing the Medical Royal Colleges in Scotland and the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland, SHAAP provides a co-ordinated, coherent and authoritative clinical voice on the need to reduce the impact of alcohol related harm on the health and wellbeing of people in Scotland, and how to do this.  SHAAP aims to raise awareness and understanding of alcohol-related health problems with health practitioners, policy makers and the public, reviewing research and recommending evidence-based policies and practices.  We work in close collaboration with key organisations in the alcohol field in Scotland, the rest of the UK and worldwide.

The Person

The Policy and Public Affairs Officer will be an excellent communicator with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of seniority, with the ability to self-manage and prioritise in a dynamic context and within a small team. They must have the ability to advise on and communicate SHAAP policy positions, with experience of researching and drafting briefings, and/or policy papers and/or consultation responses. They must also be able to represent SHAAP at internal and external meetings, seminars and conferences.

Please refer to the Job Description for the role and person full details.

Remuneration Package

The salary for this role will be £31,643 per annum plus benefits.  Additional benefits include:

  • Pension: with employer contributions of 9%.
  • Holidays: 23 days annual leave (with incremental increase over five years to 28 days) and 11 days public holiday/College close downs.
  • Life assurance scheme.
  • Long-term income protection scheme for those unable to work due to illness.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Discounted rates for use of the venue for personal events. 

How to Apply

  • All applicants are required to submit a completed application form.
  • A CV may be included with your application.
  • Please send your application form and supporting documentation in word format only (not converted to .pdf).


Closing Date: 9am Monday 6 December 2021

Informal enquiries to:    Elinor Jayne, SHAAP Director,

Completed applications should be returned to:





Application Closing Date: 
Monday, 6 December, 2021

This vacancy is now closed.

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