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Just FACT Mobiliser

Wen - Women's Environmental Network
20 Club Row, London E2 7EY

Posted: 14/09/2020

Deadline: 05/10/2020

Compensation: £30,000

Paid Full-time Permanent


Job description

We are looking for someone talented at mobilising community led action to play a key role in our ambitious new five-year programme in Tower Hamlets Just FACT - a Just Food and Climate Transition.  This exciting, transformational piece of work aims to reduce the environmental impacts of our local food system and enabling genuinely community led alternatives. This is an opportunity for you to work dynamically, engaging our incredible local community and supporting the inspiring partner organisations to mobilise high impact climate action.  

Here at Wen we believe that food has a unique power to bring people together across difference to create positive change collectively. It creates a place where we can share knowledge, skills and gain confidence to take high impact action together as a community.  Food is also at the heart of many of Tower Hamlets residents’ greatest problems. The Covid-19 crisis has starkly highlighted this as more people struggle to get the food they need, many families unable to afford healthy enjoyable meals, and more people than ever reliant on food banks.  

It is vital we do everything we can to take action to prevent a climate crisis.  This project believes improving our food system will be a vital part of the solution by creating a more resilient food system that works better for the happiness, health and wellbeing of our communities. That is why we’re calling this project Just FACT – A Just Food and Climate Transition – because we believe that any action we take on climate change must have justice at its heart. 

As a Mobiliser you will be working across the programme forming relationships that ensure our fantastic community partners are well supported and resourced to achieve their community led goals.  You will play a key role in ensuring the smooth delivery of the Just FACT programme and sharing learning and impact internally and with outside audiences.  Your will be finding opportunities, identify gaps, and take action to widen community engagement in the project.  We are looking for someone highly organised and motivated, with a talent for working alongside people to make great things happen.  

Responsibilities   

Building community engagement   

  • Building the community network around the project, identifying individuals and groups that are not engaged and designing engagement strategies and activities.     
  • Communicating the project’s messages and strategy clearly to community partners and individuals who may or may not already be engaged in climate change.  
  • Identifying opportunities to raise awareness of climate change and the potential for action in our food system at a community and individual level.  
  • Hosting meetings with community groups and project partners.  
  • Playing an active role in promoting Just FACT both in person and using online channels (social media and newsletters) 
  • Delivering trainings and workshops about the project. 

Strenthening community partnerships 

  • Liaising with 3 Community Hubs & 10 Community Labs (our funded community partners) ensuring good communication, and supporting partners to make activities strategic and wide reaching.  
  • Identifying key partners not already engaged in the project and working with them to build involvement.  
  • Identifying community partner organisations’ capacity building needs and developing these through organising training mentoring or skill shares.   
  • Assist and liaise with the Blueprint Architects group which will design community led solutions building on learning from the wider programme.  

Influencing  

  • Identifying opportunities to raise community voices at a borough and national level and planning strategic and effective ways to do this. 

Organisation and administration  

  • Supported by other Just FACT staff, lead on programme administration.   
  • Gathering and processing a range of data, case studies and stories from project partners for monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Ensure smooth delivery of the Just FACT programme through organising meetings, events, sharing information. 
  • This is a substantial project with a very varied workload, you will assist the project manager with tasks relevant to the project, including project administration.  

Other duties  

  • As a participatory organisation, staff are expected to be active in organisational decision-making processes and working groups.  
  • You may be required to undertake other tasks relevant to the role or the wider organization.  
  • Assisting with fundraising.  

Person specification  

Essential Experience and Knowledge 

  • At least 2 years’ experience of building networks at a community or grassroots level.  
  • Experience of successfully organising and facilitating meetings in a participatory way.  
  • Demonstrated ability to co-design, organise and deliver engaging, successful, public events. 
  • Experience in thinking strategically, spotting opportunities, and developing work to improve outcomes over the course of a project.  
  • A proven ability to engage the general public in campaign issues, particularly around environmental issues. 
  • Exceptional communication skills across diverse audiences, both written and verbal.  
  • Experience of working in a coalition or partnership, building and maintaining effective strong relationships. 
  • Experience of planning a campaign or project which aimed to achieve change.  
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to work to deadlines and manage own workload. 
  • Experience in producing engaging online communications e.g. newsletters, website content, social media posts.  
  • Track record of gathering monitoring and evaluation data. 
  • A high level of skill in Microsoft Office and online equivalents, especially Excel, Word and Powerpoint. 
  • A thorough understanding of the concept of Just Transition, and a commitment to the aims of Just FACT.  
  • A passion for taking effective climate action, especially at a local level.  

Desirable  

  • Experience of designing and leading workshops or delivering trainings, ideally on environmental issues.   
  • Experience using CRM systems 
  • Background in community organizing  
  • Speaks Bengali or other relevant language for Tower Hamlets 
  • Experience of campaigning or organizing around environmental issues  
  • Experience of fundraising (ideally through trusts and grants)  

About Wen 

Wen works both in East London and nationally to support women and their communities to take environmental action.  We work across a wide range of environmental issues, including building resilient and sustainable local food systems, food growing, nature based wellbeing sessions in women’s refuges, our Environmenstrual campaign and our work on the Feminist Green New Deal.   

Wen has been supporting women and communities to grow their own food, and become advocates for environmental action in Tower Hamlets, for over ten years. Wen leads on the Tower Hamlets Food Partnership, bringing organisations and individuals together to build a better food system for everyone in Tower Hamlets. Members include housing providers, food charities, small businesses, schools, social enterprises, community gardeners and the council. 

Wen strives to take an inclusive, feminists and intersectional approach to everything we do.  This can be seen within our organisation through our participatory leadership model, the types of projects and campaigns we choose to work on and importantly we advocate movement building.  

Application information

About the recruitment process 

To apply for this role please fill in the application form and the equal opportunities form which can be found at www.wen.org.uk/jobs-volunteering/

We will be marking your application based on how you fulfil the person specification. Make sure your statement answers each point on the person specification. You may want to use the points as subheadings in your response. You should prioritize covering the points in the person specification thoroughly above the 'flow' of your writing.  

We particularly encourage applications from people of colour, who are currently underrepresented on Wen’s staff team.  Wen's work, including this role, is open to all genders and aspires to be a trans inclusive organisation. 

If you have any questions about the role or the application process, please email jobs@wen.org.uk . We are happy to talk the role and the application process over with you in more detail, and having questions now will not count against you in the interview. 

For more information about the Just FACT programme please see the recent announcement here www.wen.org.uk/2020/08/11/justfact/  

Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 5th of October

Interviews held: Monday 12th or Tuesday 13th of October

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About Wen - Women's Environmental Network

Wen (Women's Environmental Network) mobilises women and their communities to take action for a healthier planet. For the past 15 years Wen's worked locally to champion community food growing projects, help connect people with nature and through the Tower Hamlets Food Partnership is working to create sustainable, just and resilient community led food systems. Wen also works nationally launching inclusive, intersectional and feminist environmental campaigns around plastics in menstrual products, chemicals, air pollution and is leading a coalition to promote a feminist Green New Deal.