Economic Policy Coordinator

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming

Cambridge Heath, London
£32,292 on 0.8 FTE (FT equivalent £40,365)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract [email protected]

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Monday, 14th June 2021   1 day left

About Sustain

Sustain is a powerful alliance bringing together around 100 organisations nationally – and hundreds more at local and regional level. We believe everyone should have access to healthy and sustainably produced food that protects people, animals and planet. Working together, we run highly effective and creative campaigns, advocacy, networks and demonstration projects, aiming to catalyse permanent changes in policy and practice, and to help equip more people and communities with skills as change-makers.

About this role

The food sector, from farm to fork, is the UK’s biggest industry, employing 1 in 7 of our workforce. It is a sector that crosses the whole country and every community; from food production, food supply, to hospitality and retail and everything in between. It is also a sector that can meet multiple government agendas including advancing the green economic recovery, improving public health and boosting local jobs. Recent crises have exposed how fragile our existing food system is, with shortages in some areas, and a need to consider how to make our food supply more resilient.

And yet, food, farming and fishing are being overlooked as mechanisms to drive economic recovery across the UK. Those businesses which support more environmentally sustainable systems and make healthier options more accessible, affordable and attractive, could with the right backing have a greater impact delivering these benefits whilst also creating more jobs and better livelihoods.

The main aim of this role is to ensure that good food enterprise is included within policy and investment linked to UK-wide efforts to stimulate a green economic recovery. This role will focus on key sectors and ideas that through the right investment and policy support in relevant areas including farming, fishing, certification, alternative livestock feeds, the circular food economy, baking, shorter supply chains, markets and good food retail, dynamic procurement and meals on wheels as outlined in this report. But these proposals are just the start, and we hope this role will identify and champion other ideas for how the food system could create jobs in a way that benefits people and planet.

Tasks and responsibilities

This role will have a varied and exciting workload and work in collaboration with Sustain’s senior management, Sustain staff, alliance members and exemplary enterprises.

The responsibilities will include:

  • Building relationships with investors and policy makers, industry bodies and practitioners, who are developing proposals linked to and building the case for Building Back Better and a Green Economic Recovery, to make sure that good food and farming features.
  • Forming a working party of key organisations/initiatives in the good food sector who can articulate the benefits to increasing good employment and livelihoods in those sectors that will contribute towards a healthier and sustainable food system as well as the impact of low paid jobs in the sector and organise their input through policy, public affairs and comms sub-groups.
  • Working with these organisations to plan a series of briefings, webinars and engagement with investors, MPs and policy makers – particularly in Defra, BEIS & Treasury, and linked to the National Food Strategy.
  • Supporting these organisations/initiatives with research and to determine the extent of positive or negative socio-economic and environmental impacts (e.g. on jobs, emissions, impacts on local economies and communities) resulting from the proposed investment/policy change. These would be determined at the constituency level (and the negative costs of alternatives), in order to gain political support from MPs. This could include areas identified in our economic recovery report, including the circular food economy, baking, short supply chains, good food retail and much more.
  • Identifying further opportunities that could complement those in consideration and contribute to a Good Food Economy and be explored through the activities listed above.
  • Developing relationships with the press to land stories on the outputs and ideas above, and moreover to ensure our narrative starts to gain ground, particularly through responsive media and comment.
  • To work closely with colleagues focusing on delivering a good food economy at a local level (local authority or Local Economic Partnership - LEP), using their work to inform our national policy calls, and likewise to provide evidence and insight to influence their local work. This will include working closely with colleagues in Sustain’s Good Food Economy team and Parliamentary and Communications teams so your work fits with overarching strategy and delivery of our work programme.

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Diversity matters to us. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution. Diversity helps us identify where change is needed and what is required to promote equity as well as reflect the concerns of our wide alliance of members.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We are happy to discuss and consider flexible working at the point of hire.

The Economic Policy Coordinator will contribute to the mutually supportive culture of Sustain (including staff and project participants) in which equality and diversity are not just respected but promoted.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please email [email protected] the following:
- a completed Application form
- a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form

As we are recruiting for several positions over this period, please put Economic Policy Coordinator in the subject line of your covering email along with your name.

Deadline: 10am Monday 14 June 2021
Interviews for this position will take place virtually via Zoom the week commencing 28 June 2021.