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First Steps Nutrition Trust

Posted: 19 Nov 2021

Deadline: 18 Dec 2021

Compensation: £34,000-£36,000 pro rata (0.8 FTE)

Paid Part-time Permanent

Job description

Work with us

First Steps Nutrition Trust is a UK-focused, independent public health nutrition charity working in the early years. We work to influence policy and practice to better protect and promote good nutrition from pre-conception to five years. We do this by filling practical and policy-relevant information gaps and providing information and resources for health workers supporting eating well in the early years.

More specifically, we aim to:

  • Influence policies which enable the safe, appropriate and optimal feeding of infants and young children and protect them from commercial interest
  • Ensure that the importance of good nutrition from pre-conception to age five remains on everyone’s agenda
  • Provide conflict of interest-free, evidence-based information on infant milks marketed in the UK, and to promote better regulation and marketing of breastmilk substitutes
  • Provide independent, evidence-based information and resources for health workers to support them in their work with pregnant women and young families

We are independent and do not work with organisations or individuals that work with, or take funding from the breastmilk substitute industry.

Our team currently comprises the Director (0.8FTE) a Senior Nutritionist (0.6FTE) and an Administrator (0.4FTE) and we hire ad hoc support from freelance nutritionists and dietitians as needed.

Who we’re looking for:

An enthusiastic nutritionist with relevant knowledge, skills and experience and a passion to protect, promote and support eating well in the early years.

The role:

This Nutritionist post (0.8FTE) is a brand new position. The successful applicant will work closely with the rest of our team and through undertaking a wide variety of tasks will play an instrumental role in delivering on our organisational aims, ultimately influencing policy and practices to benefit infants and young children in the UK.

As our Nutritionist (0.8FTE), you will:

Undertake technical work on eating well from preconception to age 5, including:

  • Literature searches, reviews and the gathering and appraisal of information to support the preparation of written outputs on given technical topics, including briefing notes, FAQs and statements
  • Reviewing and supporting the update of existing resources, including our ‘eating well’ guides
  • Leading on the provision of up to date, impartial information on infant milks on the UK market via our website and in technical reports, through response to queries from health care professionals and in our newsletters
  • Responding to queries and requests for information and expert advice
  • Horizon scanning to keep abreast of new product development, reformulations, new evidence reviews and other events relevant to eating well from preconception to age 5

Undertake policy and advocacy in support of our aims, including:

  • Attending and representing First Steps Nutrition Trust on key committees, at external events and on specific panels and collaborations
  • Preparing information as needed for policy reports, government consultations, NICE stakeholder engagement exercises and similar
  • Activities to further our aim to better protect infant feeding, including supporting First Steps Nutrition Trust’s role as secretariat of the Baby Feeding Law Group UK
  • Undertaking proactive, ad hoc engagement and influencing of peer organisations and politicians
  • Horizon scanning to keep abreast of political and regulatory changes influencing public health nutrition policy relevant to preconception to age 5

To be considered for this post, Nutritionist (0.8FTE) you must have:

  • An alignment with and a willingness to champion our charity’s aims and ethical principles
  • The ability to collect, appraise, interpret and synthesise complex scientific information as evidenced by relevant experience and/or academic qualifications
  • Advocacy skills and the willingness to represent our charity and effectively promote its aims
  • The ability to effectively communicate complex ideas and concepts to mixed audiences, both in writing and verbally
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • The ability to be self-directed and work independently, to manage and organise a wide variety of tasks, learn new skills, make decisions and be adaptable
  • The ability to work with impartiality and be guided by available evidence
  • A minimum of 2 years work experience relevant to the aims of our charity, and technical knowledge of the key areas our charity works in
  • An undergraduate degree in nutrition or a related subject
  • Graduate level training in public health

We would like it if you had:

  • A postgraduate qualification in nutrition or a related subject
  • Professional experience working in the field of public health nutrition
  • Registration with the Association for Nutrition
  • An understanding of the policy and regulatory environment relevant to the work of our charity
  • An understanding of the social, political, economic and commercial influences which shape families’ dietary practices
  • Creativity and innovation to further our charity’s aims

What we can offer:

  • A friendly and supportive team working environment
  • A salary of £34 - £36K pro rata, depending on experience and qualifications
  • Pension: 5% employer contribution.
  • 25 days leave and 3 closure days, plus public holidays
  • Flexible and hybrid working: we have an office in New Covent Garden Market, London, SW8 5EL and our team works together in the office one day a week and from home the rest of the time

Additional information:

  • The application deadline is midnight on Saturday December 18th, however, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Face to face interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on January 12th and 19th 2022
  • If you have any questions about the job, please contact the Director: Dr Vicky Sibson,

Application information

Please send your CV and a covering letter no more than one A4 side detailing why you are suitable for this role to:

Please note we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and therefore early applications are advised. 

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About First Steps Nutrition Trust

First Steps Nutrition Trust is a small public health nutrition charity that promotes good nutrition from pre-conception to five years and supports health professionals with practical eating well resources. We work conflict of interest free across the UK.