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Local Programme Officer - Walsall

Soil Association
Home-based in Walsall, West Midlands

Posted: 04/05/2021

Deadline: 14/05/2021

Compensation: £24,967 per year pro rata (£14,981 actual per year)

Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract Remote working

Job description

The successful candidate must be based in or near to Walsall, West Midlands

Fixed-term contract until February 2023

About our organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation. 

We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market and we protect forests. We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

Food for Life (FFL) is an exciting and fast-growing programme that is about making good food the easy choice for everyone and reconnecting people with where their food comes from. We work with schools, nurseries, hospitals, care settings and whole cities, helping them raise food standards and build food knowledge and skills through a ‘whole setting approach’. Food for Life is a Soil Association programme – find out more about who we are here 

About the opportunity

Walsall Council’s Public Health department have commissioned Soil Association Food for Life (FFL) to deliver a Food for Life Whole Settings approach to healthy eating in Walsall over three years. The aim is to work with early years and schools based on the Food for Life approach to good food across the borough. The programme will provide skills, knowledge and confidence to lead healthy food behaviours and practices across a range of people and organisations including early years and school staff, caterers, children and their families.

We are looking for a Local Programme Officer to support the existing local team (one Local Programme Manager and one Local Programme Officer) to deliver our programme. The programme aims to change the food environment and food culture of the target schools and early years settings in Walsall, with the goal of driving positive dietary change and maximising the health and wellbeing benefits of food. 

As one of two Local Programme Officers you will be part of an established team assisting in all aspects of programme delivery. You will be the key contact for engaging settings, including early years and primary schools, with responsibility for guiding settings through Food for Life activities to enable them to achieve an award or develop their food culture.

About you

To be effective as a Local Programme Officer, you will have experience of least one of the following organisations/settings: 

  • early years/nurseries
  • schools (preferably primary)
  • food service and/or catering companies, preferably coordinating or delivering projects with a food and/or health focus. 

You will have great communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to create extensive links within the locality and ensure excellent communications with a wide range of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds. You will understand safeguarding issues when working with children and vulnerable adults. In addition, you will need be well organised, self-motivated and have a passion for the aims and objectives of the Soil Association and Food for Life.

Commitment to Safeguarding

The Soil Association and FFL are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults that we work with. In accordance with this commitment we ensure that we follow a thorough and safe recruitment and selection process for all roles that work with children. This includes checking against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) where appropriate. Please note that if you are successful in your application to the role any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Important dates

Interviews are expected to take place: online, week commencing 17th May or 24th May 2021 

Application information

Visit our website to submit your application form. Please note we look at applications on arrival and reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

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We know the value of diversity in nature and want it in our organisation. We recognize that diverse backgrounds and experiences will bring a fresh perspective to our work. If you're not sure about applying, please get in touch with us for a chat.

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About Soil Association

Our organisation started in 1946 to pioneer a better world – one where we can all farm, eat and live healthily in balance with the environment. Our team of around 250 employees have been working with this vision for positive change ever since. We’re farming, growing, buying, cooking and eating. We’re campaigning, lobbying and certifying. We’re running research programmes that pave the way for change. And we’re inspiring millions of people to take their own step towards a sustainable future.