Collaboration Coordinator

Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK)

£35,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

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

Closing date: Sunday, 4th October 2020   3 days left

Job Title: Collaboration Coordinator
Salary: £35,000
Reporting To: PAN UK’s Head of Policy & Campaigns
Location: PAN UK’s office in Brighton (or able to work from Brighton a minimum of three days per week)
Contract: 18 months (with possibility of renewal subject to funding)
Hours: Full Time (35 hours per week)
Travel Requirements: The post may involve regular trips to London and occasional national travel

Closing date & Interviews: The closing date for applications is 11pm on Sunday 4th October. Online interviews will be held on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th October. If necessary, second interviews will be held on Thursday 22nd October.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages explaining how you meet the person specification and what you can bring to the role to by 11pm on Sunday 4th October.

PAN UK is the only charity in the UK dedicated solely to raising awareness of the problems with pesticides and working for better solutions. It is an independent, non-profit organisation, which works nationally and internationally to eliminate the use of hazardous pesticides, to reduce dependence on pesticides and to increase the adoption of sustainable alternatives to chemical pest control in agriculture, urban areas, public health and homes and gardens.

RSPB is the largest nature conservation organisation in Europe; with 1.2 million members. RSPB has experience and expertise in all relevant aspects of this work: science, campaigning and policy advocacy, as well as on-the-ground farming experience at Hope Farm and farm advisory teams across the UK.

PAN UK and RSPB have established a strategic collaboration to work towards achieving a significant and urgent reduction of pesticide-related harms in the UK. While PAN UK and RSPB are jointly managing the project, the collaboration represents a broad range of interests and sectors including health, environment and consumer and workers’ rights. It is made up of a range of stakeholders including civil society organisations, farmers, trade unions and academics.

Role purpose

We are looking for a passionate, organised and self-motivated individual dedicated to pushing for environmental and social justice to coordinate the collaboration’s efforts. As Collaboration Coordinator, you will be involved in a wide variety of tasks including; communicating with member organisations and keeping everyone on the same page, writing online and offline communications materials, liaising directly with decision-makers and journalists, feeding into campaign strategy, public speaking, organising events and contributing to fundraising proposals and reporting.

As well as coordinating the collaboration’s work, you will work closely with the collaboration’s other member of staff, the Farming Policy Officer, who is based at RSPB. You will also be part of PAN UK’s Policy and Campaigns Team and report directly to their Head of Policy and Campaigns.

Key responsibilities

  1. Take a lead role in coordinating the collaboration including maintaining regular contact with all participating organisations in order to keep them up-to-date on external developments and collaboration activities.
  2. Develop the collaboration’s policy positions and key messages in a collaborative way which achieves buy-in from participating organisations.
  3. Represent the collaboration externally with political decision-makers, civil servants and journalists.
  4. Advocate for changes to UK legislation and regulation which will better protect human health and the environment from pesticides.
  5. Work with participating organisations to mobilise members of the public to campaign for change and lobby decision-makers.
  6. Produce a range of online and offline communication materials such as newsletters, blogs, social media posts, infographics and information leaflets.
  7. Help establish the collaboration, including leading on the development of its governance structures, logo and website.
  8. Organise events on behalf of the collaboration, ensuring that they run professionally.
  9. Manage the collaboration in an ethical and transparent way which promotes participation and good governance.
  10. Contribute to funding proposals and donor reports as and when required.
  11. Track expenditure and sign off significant costs with line manager.
  12. Work within PAN UK’s policies, processes and procedures at all times.
  13. Other duties as may reasonably be requested and commensurate with the post.

Person Specification



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent minimum 5 years’ work experience in a relevant field.

Experience, skills and knowledge


  • Experience of developing policy positions and recommendations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Clear understanding of parliament and policy-making
  • Basic understanding of pesticides and their impacts on health and environment
  • Experience of coalition work
  • Experience of mobilising members of the public to campaign for change
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Basic budget management experience
  • Organisational and administrative skills that demonstrate the ability to work efficiently and autonomously as well as part of a team


  • Parliamentary advocacy experience
  • Feeding into funding applications and reporting to donors
  • Media skills
  • Public speaking
  • Experience using social media for advocacy
  • Event management
  • Knowledge of sustainable farming
  • Knowledge of relevant subject areas including the environment, conservation, and human health

Personal disposition


  • Committed to the achievement of environmental and social justice
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy, particularly in written work
  • Aptitude for coalition-building and diplomacy
  • Ability to be flexible, respond positively to change, work effectively under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to get on with people of varied backgrounds.
  • A positive, ‘can-do’ attitude and the confidence to undertake new tasks.
  • Independent and self-motivated.
  • Committed to working in collaboration
  • A ‘hands on’ individual also able to operate at a strategic level



  • Willingness to travel within the UK
  • Ability to work outside of normal office hours when required
  • Ability to work from Brighton office at least three days per week

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