Policy Officer 

Hybrid - mostly home based with work in Edinburgh office as required by the role and personal circumstances

Part time - 30 hours

Salary - £32,560.27 (pro rata)


Application notes 

For a full job description, application form and details of how to apply, please visit our Careers page Zero Tolerance careers - hireful

For any questions relating to the vacancy please contact 

Square Peg HR is our recruitment partner for this vacancy and application forms will be returned to Square Peg HR’s recruitment platform. 

Closing date for applications: Monday 2nd October at 5pm 

Interview dates: Anticipated interview date 25th October

About Us

Zero Tolerance is a Scottish charity working to end men’s violence against women by promoting gender equality and challenging attitudes which normalise violence and abuse. We are a values-led organisation and seek to improve the way we integrate feminism, equality, and diversity into our work. We ensure our HR policies and practices reflect our values (including enhanced parental leave, miscarriage and menopause policies and flexible working) and our salary framework is fair and competitive. We are committed to staff learning and development and have recently launched a paid reading week for all staff and a whole team training programme about feminist leadership.

Our aims 

  1. We will lead campaigning in Scotland to end all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) by raising public and political awareness of its cause and challenging gender inequality.
  2. We will challenge and support key institutions to embed VAWG prevention in their work.
  3. We will advance and share the evidence base on preventing VAWG.
  4. We will make Zero Tolerance a place where feminist leadership happens.

What you’ll do

We are looking for an experienced Policy Officer to join our team and lead on the development of robust, evidence-based policy responses to prevent violence against women and girls. You will support the organisation’s aims by building effective networks, monitoring and analysing public policy and researching and writing reports in line with campaign and policy priorities.

The successful candidate will often work in close collaboration with the women’s sector and other partners to influence key decision makers and stakeholders across local authorities, Scottish and UK governments and third sector organisations. 

You will represent Zero Tolerance on advisory and working groups with stakeholders, acting as Chair/Co-chair as required and work with ZT colleagues to identify areas of influence and priority: incorporating the views and needs of marginalised women is essential in the role.

What we need

The successful candidate will have previous experience in a similar role, in a paid or voluntary capacity, with knowledge and understanding of violence against women and gender equality. You’ll be a skilled communicator with the ability to present complex ideas to a variety of audiences including senior politicians, stakeholders and partners.

You will also have:

  • A shared understanding of our vision, values, aims and positions 
  • Understanding of the Scottish political landscape
  • The ability to understand complex policy issues, articulate clear and focused responses, and make judgements based on evidence
  • Organisational skills, managing both reactive and planned work
  • Proven experience of building network

Zero Tolerance has a commitment to diversity and challenging all forms of inequality alongside gender inequality. We are open to as many different voices as there are experiences, but particularly welcome applications from Minority Ethnic, LGBT, disabled, migrant, and other backgrounds currently underrepresented within the women’s sector. 

What do we offer? 

  • Competitive salary with annual pay progression. We operate a grading structure based on five salary grades. New employees start on point 1 of each salary grade and receive annual increments until the top of the grade is reached. This role is Grade 3 £32,560.27-£35,940
  • Staff pension scheme (6% employers’ contribution) 
  • 28 days annual leave plus 10 public holidays and a flexible working hours policy
  • We actively encourage continuous professional development for all our employees and have implemented a paid reading week as well as continuous training opportunities for individual learning and whole team development.

How to apply 

Closing date is: Monday 2nd October 2023 @5pm 

If you have any questions about the opportunity or the process itself, please contact Carolyn Hughes

Square Peg HR is our HR and recruitment partner.

Freelance opportunities

Zero Tolerance is looking to expand our roster of freelance workers.
While our roster is open to all, we would be particularly interested to receive inquiries from people from the following groups who are underrepresented in our current filofax:
  • People with experience of caring
  • Disabled people
  • People from minority ethnic communities
  • People who identify as transgender or non-binary
  • People who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual
  • People from a wide range of religious and cultural backgrounds
  • People with experience of mental health problems

If you are interested in being contacted by us for future commissions please fill in this Google Form.

If you have any questions please email info(at)


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