Local Food Coordinator (Tower Hamlets Food Partnership)

Women's Environmental Network

£30,000 FTE

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.wen.org.uk maddy@wen.org.uk 02074819004 Maddy Evans

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, environmental policy & campaigning, sustainability

Closing date: Wednesday, 25th July 2018   5 days left

Women's Environmental Network (WEN) are seeking a proactive and dynamic coordinator for the newly formed Tower Hamlets Food Partnership.  This is a job-share for 2 days per week for 12 months with the possibility to extend with funding. 

About the role

Established with the Local Authority, community organisations, social landlords and local businesses, the Partnership will build on WEN’s existing local networks to push forward the food agenda.  This is an exciting opportunity to help improve the food system in Tower Hamlets, an area where food is “at the heart of some of our greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution”.

Newly registered with Sustainable Food Cities, the Partnership will link closely with WEN's work over the past 8 years supporting community gardening through the Tower Hamlets Food Growing Network. As hosts of the partnership we will take a strategic view of the local food system that builds on community knowledge. The Partnership will be key to understanding current challenges and exploring ways of strengthening local food work, pushing for policy improvements, implementing the Food Poverty Action Plan, and the Mayor's Food, Health and Environment Strategies and championing the importance of food across sectors.

It is an exciting but also challenging task to galvanise the partnership, research and build relationships across sectors, and spearhead development and implementation of an action plan that will make a real difference to the lives of people in Tower Hamlets.

This is a 12 month contract, however there is commitment to extend this and funding bids have already been submitted. Reflecting a crossover in terms of relationship building, outreach and community engagement, this position is a job share with our current Local Food Coordinator Maddy Evans who leads on local delivery of community food growing initiatives.

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead a collaborative process to develop the Partnership, involving a wide range of partners and stakeholders in designing an action plan using the Sustainable Food Cities model
  • Develop a membership strategy, formally register members and engage new ones
  • Develop communications plan in collaboration with colleagues
  • Develop a financial sustainability strategy that looks at the viability of revenue generation through a number of different activities
  • Regularly report to the wider Partnership and stakeholders
  • Plan and co-ordinate meetings, community events and opportunities
  • Continue to build relationships with current partners and stakeholders and explore new links
  • Develop funding and contract bids in collaboration with line manager

Person Specification


  • Strategic thinker, with relevant experience in either policy work or alliance building.
  • Proven ability to efficiently organise meetings and carry out administrative duties
  • Good knowledge of local food systems either through work experience or a higher education degree
  • Excellent communication skills, the ability to disseminate information to a wide range of audiences and across platforms
  • Experience of working with diverse communities
  • Proven ability to build working relationships and collaborate with a range of organisations, sectors, communities and people
  • Self-motivated and able to work to proactively, independently and flexibly under pressure
  • An enthusiastic, inclusive and friendly approach to working with people and communities


  • Track record of securing funding
  • Experience of designing monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  • Communications expertise (branding, websites, social media)
  • Experience of living or working in Tower Hamlets, knowledge of its geography and residents
  • Understanding of the Sustainable Food Cities Network

Contract:  2 days per week (flexible working allowed) 12 month fixed term contract with possibility to extend. 

Location: Based at WEN office, Ground Floor, 20 Club Row, London, E2 7EY

To apply: Please send a CV and a 1 page cover letter to Maddy@wen.org.uk

Deadline: 9am Wednesday 25th July 2018

Interviews: Monday 30th July 2018 with a view to starting as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

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