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Food Power Communications and Events Coordinator

The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA

Posted: 26/06/2020

Deadline: 16/07/2020

Compensation: £31,659 (0.8 full-time equivalent), which equates to £39,574 FTE

Part-time Fixed term / contract

Job description

About this role

The Food Power programme aims to strengthen local communities’ ability to reduce food poverty through solutions developed by them with the support of their peers from across the UK. The programme is led by Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming together with Church Action on Poverty and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The programme is delivered by three programme staff and a team of peer mentors based around the country.

Since the programme started in 2017 we have built a network of 60+ food poverty alliances, assisted a wide range of local initiatives and supported people with lived experience of food poverty to shape the response to food poverty. More recently, we have been supporting our network during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the next phase of the programme, we will continue to support the network to respond while maintaining a focus on developing sustainable responses to food poverty and strengthening local food resilience for the long term. Find out more about Food Power.

Please note that this role is maternity cover which will run until the current funding for Food Power ends on 30th June 2021. A draft work plan will be provided to assist the transition.

About Sustain’s work on food poverty

Sustain believes that modern-day hunger is unacceptable, and we work to improve policy and practice at the national and local level. Many councils, community groups and others are taking action to ensure people are able to eat and to address the root causes of people’s difficulties. We believe government, councils and other statutory partners should step up and tackle the root causes of food poverty together, thereby rebalancing the burden of responsibility that currently falls far too heavily on charities, faith groups, volunteers and others responding to local need. These groups are unfairly being relied on to respond to people in food crisis, and in some cases replace what should be provided by fair pay and our shared safety net.

Alongside Food Power, Sustain runs the London Food Poverty Campaign, which monitors and supports London boroughs’ response to food poverty, particularly actions which address the root causes. We also co-lead the Right to Food Project which aims to realise the Right to Food in UK law. Sustain also campaigns to reinstate and expand meals on wheels services; the need for these services has become even clearer during Covid-19. Find out more.

Tasks and responsibilities

Food Power communications are a core part of the programme, helping to share learning and experiences among our network and beyond, as well as to shape the response to food poverty. This role has a varied and exciting workload, working closely with Food Power team, peer mentors and local food poverty alliances, as well as Sustain’s senior management, Sustain colleagues and other organisations. The Food Power Communications Coordinator’s responsibilities will include:

  • Leading on communications, knowledge management and transfer across the programme and beyond including:
    • Managing the programme’s website and twitter account
    • Producing monthly newsletters using Mailchimp
    • Coordinating a programme of webinars and online meetings, working alongside colleagues, peer mentors and external partners
    • Overseeing production and dissemination of published resources, such as toolkits and case studies
    • Working with Sustain’s designers to develop relevant assets
    • Coordinating videos
  • Supporting local interventions delivered by food poverty alliances, including:
    • Acting as the lead contact for a cohort of poverty alliance receiving support from Food Power by offering advice, support and sign-posting
    • Championing national action on specific issues and amplifying the power of collective voices working at grassroots levels in order to influence the policies and practices of national and regional organisations and governments
  • Delivering a national Food Power conference in Spring 2021 (TBC), including:
    • Designing the content and format
    • Organising event registration and promotion
  • Contributing to programme operations and governance, including:
    • Gathering and publishing monitoring reports, snapshot case studies and other information from food poverty alliances supported by Food Power
    • Contributing to programme reporting
    • Assisted the independent evaluation and other research partners to gather information
    • Contributing to funding applications


Diversity matters to us. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution. Diversity helps us identify where change is needed and what is required to promote equity as well as reflect the concerns of our wide alliance of members.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We are happy to discuss and consider flexible working at the point of hire.

The Food Power Communications Events Coordinator will contribute to the mutually supportive culture of Sustain (including staff and project participants) in which equality and diversity are not just respected but promoted.

Personal Specification

Sustain is seeking a creative and experienced communicator with fantastic team working skills who shares our commitment to reducing food poverty in the UK, and who has the following skills and experience:


  • Ability to draft, edit and proof copy for publications, webpages, newsletters and social media to a high standard
  • Ability to liaise diplomatically and effectively with a range of existing and new  organisations and audiences through a range of channels
  • Ability to provide effective and encouraging advice and support to local project partners, build mutually beneficial relationships and where necessary act as a ‘critical friend’
  • Skills to design and manage events
  • Interest in the issue of food poverty and initiatives to reduce food poverty in the UK
  • Ability to work independently, with high levels of self-motivation
  • Good project management, time management and organisational skills


  • Experience of being a presenter or spokesperson
  • Knowledge of local authorities and local food partnerships, food poverty alliances or similar local networks
  • Knowledge of key issues relating to policy and action on promoting access to healthy and sustainable food and the groups working in this field
  • Ability to support and manage volunteers
  • Experience of contributing to successful fundraising proposals

As a general point of principle, Sustain prefers for staff to work mainly at the Sustain office in Cambridge Heath, East London – and to work remotely or from home only occasionally, after a period of probation settling in to Sustain’s culture, relationships and working practices. This is due to the highly interactive nature of our work and the importance of building supportive and creative personal relationships within teams and across the whole organisation. It is one of the most valued and distinctive features of life at Sustain. During Covid-19, we have of course needed to work online and from home almost exclusively, so we are keeping this under constant review for the time being.

Subject to government Covid-19 guidelines, the role is likely to involve travel around the UK and occasional overnight stays, to enable participation of a wide range of geographical locations through support, training, regional and national events.


  • Salary: £31,659 on 0.8 FTE (FT equivalent £39,574). The pro rata salary, based on period of maternity cover (approx. 9 months), is £23,744. In addition, Sustain matches pension contributes up to 5% of gross salary.
  • Hours: 0.8 FTE / 4 days a week / 28 hours a week
  • Location: Role is office-based in Cambridge Heath, London. Initially remote in line with the government’s COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Position Type: Maternity cover until 30th June 2021 (approx. 9 months)
  • Annual Leave: 16 days Basic Annual Leave based on 0.8 FTE + same proportion of public hols + office closures. The pro rata annual leave based on period of maternity cover (approx. 9 months) is 12 days.
  • Equal Opportunities: Sustain is an equal opportunities employer. See our equal opportunities policy:  
  • Right to Work: Entitlement to work in the UK. You will need to hold the necessary rights/visa to work in the UK, Sustain is not able to assist with applications for work permits.
  • Other: Cycle to Work scheme available on salary sacrifice basis

Application information

To apply for this position, please email a maximum two-page CV and a maximum two-page covering letter (telling us about your experience and how this relates to the personal specification) to by 5pm Thursday 16th July 2020. As we are recruiting for several positions over this period, please add Food Power to the subject line of your covering email along with your name.

Interviews for this position will take place virtually (via Zoom) on Thursday 30th July 2020. Ideally we would like the successful candidate to commence work promptly following the recruitment process, preferably week of 14th September 2020.

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About Sustain

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. We represent around 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.