Climate and Nature Development Coordinator

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming

London (travel within the UK is expected)
£23,053 (3 days/week); £38,421 full-time equivalent

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 020 3559 6777 Kath Dalmeny

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Monday, 9th December 2019   3 days left

With record temperatures gripping the world, widespread drought, changing seasons and large-scale loss of Arctic ice, the effects of climate change are being felt and recognised. At the same time, scientists are warning of an alarming decline in insects, soil, forests and biodiversity upon which our living systems and human food production depend. We are living in a time of climate and nature emergency. The decisions we take now will affect the ability of our planet to sustain us, and to sustain our children and generations to come. In 2019, the Sustain food and farming alliance joined others in declaring a climate and nature emergency, see:

Given the gravity and immediacy of climate change and precipitous loss of nature, there is growing frustration at the pace of change by businesses, national governments and local responses such as city-based action. Hence, Sustain is working with alliance members and others to develop campaigns and interventions that can make a big difference to policy and practice, with growing momentum and at large scale.

We aim to employ a person who can help implement existing activities, as well as shape the wider programme, taking a creative, collaborative and leadership role, working closely with key Sustain staff and member organisations. This is a new role for Sustain and we have big ambitions, grounded in a clear focus on priority areas of work. We are consulting on priorities, but broadly, we think the main areas that we and our members need to focus on are:

  • building better policy, beneficial subsidies, investment and market conditions, and suitable infrastructure for net zero carbon and agro-ecological farming, and for sustainable fisheries, that also secures decent livelihoods in sustainable food production;
  • achieving a fundamental shift to healthy and sustainable diets (including building the supply and supply chain infrastructure to meet these needs), including serious progress on achieving ‘less and better’ meat and dairy, and greater consumption of plant-based foods such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrain products;
  • radically reducing food waste – designing it out of the system;
  • securing climate and nature friendly land-use policies;
  • divestment from damaging food production and investment in agro-ecological food production and distribution;
  • examining how fiscal and policy measures can shift industry and consumer choices and behaviours, at scale; with a view to development of campaigns to win such measures;
  • cultivating the good food movement.

On some of these issues, Sustain has well-established programmes led by senior campaign staff (for example, on sustainable farming and fishing), or is working closely with sister networks to help develop important interventions (for example, the Sustainable Food Cities Network and the Eating Better Alliance). For some, Sustain will lead and early progress needs to be turned into effective programmes of work. For others, we will support Sustain alliance members and others – their expertise and solutions – to come to the fore.

The Climate and Nature Development Coordinator for Sustain will support alliance members to play their part; and proactively develop opportunities to enhance the Sustain alliance’s collective reach and impact. In particular, the post holder will:

  • Coordinate Sustain’s approach to climate and nature emergency
  • Support coordinated action by the Sustainable Food Cities Network
  • Support coordinated action in London
  • Keep a growing network of people engaged and informed
  • Help Sustain to develop partner and funder relationships to support achievement of our ambitions longer term

For a full job description, including person specification and the application process, see:


Please send a CV and covering letter addressing the person specifications set out in the full job description (follow link above). Applications by email to: As Sustain is recruiting for several positions over this period, please add CLIMATE to the subject line of your covering email along with your name.

Closing date for applications: 5pm, 9 December 2019. Successful candidates will be notified by 13 December. Interviews will take place on 18 December at Sustain’s offices. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to those who are unsuccessful in getting an interview. We encourage applications from anyone with relevant skills and interests, but regret that we are unable to assist with finding accommodation or with visa applications. We envisage this work to start early in 2020.

The Sustain alliance is a registered charity (no 1018643) and a company limited by guarantee, which is registered in England and Wales (no 02673194). Registered office: The Green House, 244 – 254 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA

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