Policy And Partnerships Officer

The Role

To provide policy and project support for the Scottish Obesity Alliance (SOA), a Scotland wide alliance of organisations committed to tackling obesity through prevention. The Scottish Obesity Alliance has an independent chairperson and an Executive Group who set policy priorities. The post is hosted within Obesity Action Scotland who provide line management to the postholder.

The post holder will report to the Head of Obesity Action Scotland for line management support and to the Alliance Leadership/Alliance Chairperson. The Head of Obesity Action Scotland post is currently vacant, and the post holder will report to the Interim Programme Lead for the initial period. The Alliance Chairperson role is also currently vacant and will be filled once the Head of Obesity Action Scotland role is filled.

The Policy and Partnerships Officer will:

• co-ordinate and organise project and network meetings

• support the SOA policy, advocacy and public affairs work

• support the delivery of the work programme of SOA

• co-ordinate and process membership applications

• assist in the creation and posting of website and digital media content

• manage an online digital members area

• co-ordinate and organise events and digital events

• assist in the collation and reporting of activities

• assist with Obesity Action advocacy work and related activities as required

This post is provided on a fixed term basis and may be extended dependent on funding.

About You

• A degree level qualification in a relevant subject or minimum 12 months experience in a similar role

• Experience of partnership working and effective relationship management

• Experience and knowledge of public affairs activity and the Scottish policy and political landscape

• Strong planning and organisational skills including administration and project management skills

• Self-motivated personality

• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with strong attention to detail

• Strong interpersonal skills in order to interact effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders

• Interest and informed in health and social topics and issues

• Experience of influencing decision making with colleagues and senior managers

• Knowledge of digital communication channels e.g. X/Twitter and LinkedIn

• Evidence of good and effective team working

• Proven administrative skills


• Experience of setting up and operating an alliance/partnership/coalition

• Knowledge of obesity or public health policy area

• Working with media

• Event management skills

• Good level of numeracy to enable analysis of engagement statistics

• Knowledge of survey monkey or equivalent software package

• Knowledge of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

• Discretion and sensitivity

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