Food Partnership Coordinator - Tower Hamlets

Women's Environmental Network

£30,000 FTE - 2 days/week

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 02074819004 Bethany Summers

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

Closing date: Tuesday, 30th April 2019  

We are seeking a proactive and dynamic coordinator for the Tower Hamlets Food Partnership, established with the Local Authority, community organisations, social landlords and local businesses in 2018 and already with over 70 members. Building on WEN’s local networks, 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”.

Now registered with Sustainable Food Cities, the Partnership will link closely with WEN's work over the past 10 years supporting community gardening through the Tower Hamlets Food Growing Network. As convenors of the partnership we take a strategic view of the local food system that builds on community knowledge.

The Partnership is key to understanding current challenges and exploring ways of strengthening local food work by:

  • Building relationships across the borough between community organisations, local council and local businesses in order to share knowledge and best practice, identify opportunities, and work together to bring about change in the food system.
  • Identifying opportunities to influence policy and coordinating partnership members to push for meaningful change through policy and community action.
  • Raising the voice of the local community so that it is centred in policy formation and implementation.

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.

You will work closely with our current Local Food Coordinator Maddy Evans who leads on local delivery of community food growing initiatives.

This is a 1 year fixed term contract with the potential to extend depending on funding. 


Developing the partnership

  • Lead on the strategic development of the project, alongside WEN manager and colleagues.
  • Continue to build relationships with current partners and stakeholders and explore new links, thinking innovatively about how food issues intersect with a broad range of interests.
  • Continue to develop our membership strategy, formally registering members and engage new ones.
  • Develop communications plan in collaboration with colleagues
  • Plan and co-ordinate meetings, community events and opportunities
  • Develop funding and contract bids in collaboration with line manager

Improving food systems

  • Stay up to date on the policy environment around food and identify opportunities to press for change
  • Develop work which amplifies community voices to influence policy and decision making at a borough level
  • Regularly feedback and update the wider Partnership and stakeholders about relevant work taking place at borough, regional or national level and opportunities to participate or support
  • Communicate sometimes complex information simply and make relevant for diverse audiences
  • Coordinate the partnership’s scrutiny of relevant policy

Joint work and project delivery

  • Lead on engaging a wide range of partners and stakeholders in designing an action plan using the Sustainable Food Cities model and drawing on the research undertaken so far
  • Identify opportunities for joint work, and facilitate partnership members to deliver it



  • At least 1 years’ experience in coordinating the delivery of a project
  • Proven ability to think strategically
  • 2 years of relevant experience [you could tell us about your work in project planning, policy, campaigning, community organising, or another area you think is relevant].
  • Ability to understand the policy environment around food, identifying opportunities to push for change, and to communicate this clearly to a range of audiences.
  • 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 and individuals
  • 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
  • Experience of policy environment work or local government


Please send a CV and a cover letter to by 9am on Tuesday 30th April. 

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 8th of May.

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