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Policy Lead (Delivering Equally Safe)

  • Full time
  • £31,333
  • 10 Old Tolbooth Wynd, Edinburgh, EH8 8EQ or home-based / blended (flexible)
  • Closing 28th February 2022

  • Advertised from 3rd February 2022
  • 35 hours / week (flexible working options available). This post is funded for 18 months and there is no guarantee of continued funding.
  • Pension: 8% employer contribution. Leave entitlement: 38 days (including public holidays) pro rata per annum .


Engender, Scotland’s feminist policy and advocacy organisation is seeking a Policy Lead for an 18-month post to analyse policies that enable men’s violence and to develop appropriate policy solutions and a Theory of Change for primary prevention of violence against women.

This work will contribute to the delivery of Equally Safe (Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls) by integrating primary prevention in policy development and will develop an approach to policy development that includes attending to primary prevention of men’s violence expressed in a Theory of Change.

Main duties

  • Desk-based research;
  • Literature and evidence review;
  • Policy analysis;
  • Stakeholder engagement;
  • Development of a Theory of Change and policy solutions.

Specific duties:

  • Project coordination and provide progress reports;
  • Establish and develop relationships with stakeholders in the field of primary prevention of men’s violence;
  • Work with consultants engaging with women who are experts by experience to identify relevant policy areas;
  • Regular communication with project partners, Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Women’s Aid;
  • Establish and convene meetings of an expert group on primary prevention of men’s violence;
  • Identify and analyse key policy areas that enable men’s violence;
  • Develop a Theory of Change for primary prevention of men’s violence ;
  • Develop policy solutions that disrupt men’s violence before it takes place;
  • Produce a final report and support policy advocacy as required

Person specification


  • Understanding of women’s inequality in Scotland;
  • Demonstrable commitment to equality across all protected characteristics;
  • Experienced in feminist analysis of men’s violence;
  • Understanding of primary prevention of men’s violence;
  • Research experience;
  • Experience of policy analysis and development;
  • Clear writing style, and ability to communicate complex issues;
  • Strong verbal communication skills, including delivering presentations;
  • Experience of building effective partnerships;
  • Outstanding organisational and IT skills;
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent through experience.
  • Ability to develop and plan projects/programmes with key milestones.
  • Experience of developing Theories of Change/outcomes models.
  • Good interpersonal skills.


  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Experience of working in a small team, including on individual and collaborative projects;
  • Experience of working in the field of primary prevention of men’s violence.

Responsible to: Head of Development

Application notes

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Closing date: 9am 28th February 2022

Anticipated date for interview: 9th March 2022