Equally Safe, Capacity and Capability Coordinator


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COSLA is the representative organisation for each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. As part of our commitment to eradicating violence against women and girls we are a co-author of Scotland’s Equally Safe strategy. The Equally Safe implementation plan has recently been published and both COSLA and the Scottish Government are moving into an implementation phase with our key partners in the statutory and voluntary sector.

Purpose of the Post:

Local authorities, Community Planning Partnerships and Local Violence Against Women Partnerships are central to the delivery of Equally Safe at a local level. This post will offer vital support to local delivery partners on key aspects of the strategy, focusing on the ‘Capacity and Capability’ strand of work which aims to “ensure that statutory services including health, education, social work and housing are increasingly competent in identifying and responding effectively [to violence against women and girls].”

Person Specification:

The following characteristics are essential for this post:

In depth knowledge of the contribution made by the statutory and voluntary sector in Scotland to tackle violence against women; In depth knowledge and understanding of the Equally Safe strategy and / or violence against women policy in Scotland; Clear understanding of the functions of Scotland’s local authorities and local Community Planning Partnerships and their role in tackling violence against women; Educated to degree level or equivalent; First class oral and written communications skills; Excellent organisational and administrative skills; Excellence in developing effective working relationships at a strategic level; Experience of capacity building which reflects nuances in local circumstances; Experience of working in a multi-agency environment, developing solutions and achieving buy-in across agencies; Experience in supporting meetings, preparing and presenting papers, and designing and delivering seminars; and Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and prioritise workloads effectively.


It would be desirable, but not essential, for the candidate to have the following:

Experience of capacity building among local partnerships across Scotland; A demonstrable understanding of the gendered analysis; and Experience in relation to the delivery of current or previous national strategies.

Full job details can be found in the attached Job Profile

Duration: Fixed term for 12 months in the first instance, starting as soon as possible

Salary: SJC SCP 50-52 (£45,153 - £47,283)

Applications for secondments will be considered. Existing salary will be met up to SJC SCP 40.

Location: The post will be based in COSLA’s Edinburgh office (Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH) but flexible working arrangements can be considered. Flexibility to travel will be required, mostly within Scotland, but may also include occasional travel to other parts of the UK.

Interview Date: Interviews are expected to take place in early March 2018.

Inquiries: Informal inquiries about the post can be directed to John Wood at johnw@cosla.gov.uk and 0131 474 9315 OR Anil Gupta at anil@cosla.gov.uk and 0131 474 9265

COSLA is re-advertising this post (originally placed on 8th January) within the new pay-scale stated above. We hope to be able to extend the 12 month contract but this will only be possible if progress is being achieved and the necessary budgets are available. Previous applicants will automatically be considered as the substantial details of the post remain the same. The final closing date and time for applications in 20th February at 0900.

Applications must be made online at myjobscotland.gov.uk

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