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Cambridge Heath, London
Posted: 21 Sep 2022
Deadline: 14 Oct 2022
Compensation: £31,974 per year. This salary increases annually in April each year according to Sustain’s Payscale and progression (subject to satisfactory performance). In addition, Sustain matches pension contributions up to 5% of gross salary.
Paid Full-time Permanent
About the Bridging the Gap programme
Bridging the Gap is an exciting new initiative for Sustain launched in July 2022, working in partnership with Alexandra Rose Charity, Growing Communities (as part of the Better Food Traders Network) and partners in the Nations, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. See: www.sustainweb.org/bridging-the-gap/
Bridging the Gap aims to demonstrate how to build better supply chains that connect climate-friendly food and people on a lower income. Bridging the Gap will run and test pilot interventions over three years, with the possibility of the work, funding and post being extended for a longer period. It will also identify and advocate for financial interventions and other mechanisms to enable its work to continue in the longer term.
Bridging the Gap will be steered by a Programme Management Board, and work with an Advisory Group, community organisations and values-led food traders, in a spirit of collaboration and enquiry.
About this role
The Programme Officer will work closely with and be managed by a newly recruited Programme Manager to help set up and run this exciting initiative.
The team will work closely with our key delivery and other partners to build great relationships with and between many organisations, inside and outside of our existing alliance, to achieve a shared vision. We are especially keen to work with under-represented groups, and with organisations led by and serving ethnically diverse communities.
Sustain is seeking a person with great interpersonal and organisational skills, who can organise and run events, meetings and workshops and drive forward a programme of learning across the movement. You will thrive in this role if you are keen to learn more about how to support fair and sustainable food systems and supply chains, within the context of the programme.
The officer will have great team-working skills and be flexible to the needs of a new and evolving programme. You will also have the confidence to try out new ideas and be keen to work alongside the pilot projects supported by the programme, to test and learn more about how we bridge the gap between sustainable farming and affordable food.
Roles and responsibilities
The Bridging the Gap Programme Officer will also:
Sustain is seeking a creative and experienced organiser and communicator with fantastic team-working skills who shares our commitment to a fair and sustainable food and farming system.
The role involves occasional travel around the UK which may require overnight stays, to enable participation of a wide range of geographical locations through support, training, regional and national events.
Diversity matters to us. Sustain has 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.
A list of Sustain’s policies, including our commitment to diversity are on our website. We are happy to discuss and consider flexible working at the point of hire and our approach to recruiting for diversity is described in detail here.
Sustain is recruiting for this role as part of our Ethnicity Confident and Disability Confident schemes. This means that applicants who meet all of the essential criteria, and who let us know voluntarily that you would like to be considered in this way, will be guaranteed a first-stage interview. The opportunity to tell us you would like to be considered din this way is included in our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.
The Manager 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.
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This role is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
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Note: The Equal Opportunities Monitoring form includes the opportunity to tell us if you would your application to be considered as part of the Ethnicity Confident or Disability Confident schemes.
As we are recruiting for several positions over this period, please put BTG Officer in the subject line of your covering email along with your name.
Deadline: 10am, Friday 14 October 2022
First stage interviews for this position will likely take place virtually on 4 November 2022, with second face-to-face interviews likely to be held on 10 or 11 November. Please indicate in your application if you are not available either of these weeks, although we cannot guarantee we can accommodate requests for alternative timings.
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Sustain is a powerful alliance bringing together around 100 organisations nationally – and hundreds more at local and regional level. We believe everyone should have access to healthy and sustainably produced food that protects people, animals and planet. Working together, we run highly effective and creative campaigns, advocacy, networks and demonstration projects, aiming to catalyse permanent changes in policy and practice, and to help equip more people and communities with skills as change-makers.