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Sustainable Food Partnership Co-ordinator

Northampton Hope Centre
Oasis house, 35-37 Campbell St, Northampton NN13DS

Posted: 13 Aug 2021

Deadline: 27 Sep 2021

Compensation: £25,000 per annum

Paid Full-time Part-time Flexible hours Fixed term / contract

Job description

Hope Group: Sustainable Food Partnership co-ordinator

Job Description

Conditions of Work

Hours: Can be 29.5 or 37 hrs (full time) per week, 4 or 5 days

Salary: pro rata or equal to annual full time salary of £24000

Year contract

Accountable to: CEO

Responsible for: Project and development work related to Hope’s activity on Sustainable food

About the Role

This is a broad role supporting the CEO in co-ordination of our work hosting the local Sustainable Food Partnership.

Our work faces externally, liaising with a wide number of people working on food in other organisations on joint projects and initiatives. This job's primary purpose is to support the multi-agency Sustainable Food Partnership. You will have great skills in partnership working, communications and organisation, getting up to speed with all elements of the role and communicating this with passion to others to motivate them to get involved. You will have energy and ability to work on your own initiative. You must be interested in food policy and issues about good food.

The role is not client facing. It involves matrix style liaison with a wide range of people, internal and external, and the worker must be comfortable in external facing roles with stakeholders. Primarily you will support the functioning of the Sustainable Food Partnership.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and undergo safeguarding training. We particularly welcome candidates with an interest in or experience of food issues and sustainability.

Main Tasks

· Work with the CEO to support the Sustainable food partnership, including its sub groups

· Identifies new opportunity for food related activity and with the CEO works to develop these

· Liaise with other partners and stakeholders in relation to such work as is needed to be done to promote sustainable food; engage new partners and promote the activity

· Provide the secretariat of the Sustainable Food Strategy group and its sub groups

· Represent us at national co-ordinator meetings

· Organise and carry out community engagement events related to food

· Complete relevant monitoring and evaluation - You will take a lead in collecting our monitoring and evaluation requirements related to this project. You will ensure that monitoring data is collected on time and in appropriate format.

· Lead on social and other media related to our food work policy and delivery

· Research and be aware of new initiatives in sustainable food

· Complete reports related to the work of the partnership

Person Specification

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:


· At least 1 year experience of project work in a charity related to oversight or management

· Project development work

· Experience of maintaining regular monitoring and evaluation systems

· Experience of giving group presentations

· Experience of working within and developing partnerships with statutory and voluntary organisations and services.

· Experience of networking with diverse communities, including with people from BAME communities, and an understanding of, and commitment to, implementing equal opportunities.

· Some experience of policy development in a charity or public sector body

· Administrative and organisational experience


· Good knowledge of food and sustainability issues.

· Knowledge of statutory and voluntary mental health and community services and referral pathways.

· Good understanding of befriending or similar projects involving volunteers - how they work, common pitfalls, how to develop them over time.

Skills and Abilities:

· Good oral and written communication skills, including group decision-making, negotiation and networking.

· Ability to plan the workload independently, setting goals and monitoring the progress of work.

· Ability to work to tight deadlines in fast paced environment.

· Resilience and ability to adapt to changing working environments.

· Ability to enjoy the process of developing an exciting project, and to work confidently and flexibly through challenging periods of development.

· Ability to work in a small team and understand and manage matrix management relationships.

· Computer literate with an ability to use Microsoft Office, email and social media.

· Willingness to learn, read and be committed to evidence based practice

· Ability to work with respect with external and internal colleagues

Other Characteristics:

· Commitment to the multiple aims and the values underpinning Hope.

Application Process:

Your application for the position of Food Project Worker at Hope includes:

1) A cover letter which details, with examples, how you meet the Person Specification. We cannot give you credit for assumed of implied skills, so please be specific. Please keep to 2 sides A4 maximum.

2) Your detailed and up-to-date CV.

Contract length: 12 months

Can be Part-time hours - 29 or full time - 37 per week

Application information

Apply via Indeed or send a CV and a max two page statement why we should employ you to the address here -

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About Northampton Hope Centre

Long established anti-poverty charity, special focus on homelessness and food poverty. Lots of support to homeless people, including day centre, help to get work and skills; run various food aid projects, suppy numerous other foodbanks with food, some of which we grow at our own allotments (0.5 acre) whre we also offer therapeutic gardening, training in horticulture, work experience, corporate team building and teach veg growing. Also produce recycled garden tools