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Food Poverty Officer

Leicestershire County Council
County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8RA LE3 8RA

Posted: 13 Jul 2021

Deadline: 3 Aug 2021

Compensation: £28,704 per annum

Paid Full-time Fixed term / contract

Job description

The Food Poverty Officer role will be based in Public Health at Leicestershire County Council but will be a far reaching role linking across LCC departments and working with partners across external organisations. The role is full-time on a fixed term basis for 14 months. This new role will map, understand and propose potential solutions to supporting those in food poverty/insecurity and is linked in with our Sustainable Food work which works with partners to improve Leicestershire's food system. The successful candidate will be responsible for scoping out our future response to food poverty/insecurity, ensuring that this response is widely supported. 

The key purposes of the role are:

  • To map the work of food banks and associated provisions across Leicestershire
  • To identify gaps in provision/geography across Leicestershire
  • To identify existing and emerging challenges and priorities experienced by food banks and associated provisions
  • Working with partners to set out an approach to supporting those in food poverty using information gathered locally and from regional/national research


  • Broad experience of developing, facilitating and leading multi-sector partnership working to ensure integrated and connected community-based approaches – either to alleviate Food Poverty or a relatable subject.
  • Experience of developing community-based approaches (including strategic approaches which can be implemented within Local Authorities) – either to alleviate food poverty or a relatable subject.
  • Experience of trialling food poverty and/or related projects with partners including steering working groups, supporting delivery of actions, gathering impacts and reporting results.
  • Experience of food bank operation and/or the third sector.
  • Experience of gathering intelligence using different sources, interpreting and reporting in order to shape the agenda.
  • Experience of designing coordination services/approaches in food poverty or relatable subjects.
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation of projects and using findings to improve service delivery.
  • Subject matter expertise in relation to food poverty or relatable subject area e.g. community development.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the issues and demands associated with  food poverty or similar subjects.
  • Knowledge and understanding of health inequalities.

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About Leicestershire County Council

Local Authority with a Food Plan working towards Sustainable Food Places framework.