Policy Officer (28 hours per week. Salary based on FTE for 35 hours @ £29,088 = £23,270.) 

The post requires a skilled researcher, ideally with some experience of public health and/or in the alcohol field. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator and will also have an ability to self- manage and prioritise in a dynamic context.  The key focus of his/her work will be to support SHAAP Alcohol-related advocacy and educational activities through carrying out research, drafting briefing papers, monitoring media and policy activity, providing administrative support and organising events.

The post reports to the SHAAP Director. A comprehensive job description is enclosed.

 Selection criteria are as follows:



Educated to degree level or equivalent

Experience of working on public health and/or alcohol policy issues

Experience of operating within an advocacy environment

Understanding of the Scottish National Health Service

Experience of researching and drafting briefing and/or policy papers and of writing for different audiences

Understanding of the Scottish Parliament

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Committee experience

Highly-organised and self-managing

Experience of organising research/education events

Some knowledge of and interest in alcohol policy



This is a part-time post offered for 28 hours a week. There is some flexibility to negotiate work patterns. The College offers 23 days’ annual leave (18.4 pro rata) and 11 public holidays/close downs, including over Christmas (8.8 pro rata) and a group personal pension scheme with employer contributions of 7%.

Application details

Applications should include completed application and equal opportunities forms (enclosed). You may also opt to include an additional CV.

Applications should be emailed to the College, marked for the attention of Christine Simpson ( by no later than Monday, 4th August 2014.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday, 12th August 2014.

Interested applicants with questions relating to the post, including about the flexibility of working arrangements, should contact Eric Carlin, SHAAP Director (


Application Closing Date: 
Monday, 4 August, 2014

This vacancy is now closed.

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