London Food Poverty Campaign Coordinator

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming

Cambridge Heath, London
£25,188 0.6 FTE (FTE £41,980 pa)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

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

Closing date: Tuesday, 28th June 2022   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 Sustain’s work on food poverty

Sustain believes that modern-day hunger and household food insecurity are unacceptable, and we are working to end it by improving policy and practice at the national and local level. Many councils, community groups and others are taking action to ensure people are able to eat well and to address the root causes of people’s difficulties in accessing good food. However, we witness time and again how local action is being severely hampered by public policy that sometimes significantly increases, rather than reduces, food insecurity for many households. Major cuts to local authority budgets and rising food, fuel and housing costs undermine local efforts to address food poverty. And at a national level, welfare policy does not provide an adequate safety net for those experiencing food poverty, for people both in and out of work, as well as minimum wages that do not cover the cost of living. 

Sustain coordinates action calling on government, councils and other statutory partners to step up and tackle the root causes of food poverty together, thereby rebalancing the burden of responsibility that currently falls far too heavily on charities, faith groups, volunteers and others responding to local need. These groups are being unfairly relied on to respond to people in food crisis, and in some cases replace what should be covered by adequate incomes and our shared safety net.

About this role

The Sustain alliance is seeking to employ a Coordinator for our well-established London Food Poverty Campaign. The existing Campaign Coordinator is planning to return part-time from her maternity leave in September 2022. This means that the first period of the role will be working more independently and with the Sustain wider team; and the later period will be working more closely with the London Food Poverty Campaign Coordinator and others.

The role will make specific and tangible progress on key areas of activity, implementing this year’s activities in the London Food Poverty Campaign’s established model. The role has also been enhanced to enable the Campaign Coordinator to lead on, or contribute to, initiatives that help to promote further action to address the root causes of food poverty in London.


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.

Sustain is recruiting for this role as part of our Ethnicity Confident and Disability Confident schemes. This means that applicants who meet all of the essential criteria, and who let us know voluntarily that you would like to be considered in this way, will be guaranteed a first-stage interview. The opportunity to tell us you would like to be considered din this way is included in our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. 

The Campaign 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 actively promoted.

How to apply

Please see the full job description here.

To apply for this position, email [email protected] the following:

  • a CV (maximum two pages)
  • a Covering Letter telling us about your experience and how this relates to the personal specification (maximum two pages)
  • a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form

Note: The Equal Opportunities Monitoring form includes the opportunity to tell us if you would your application to be considered as part of the Ethnicity Confident or Disability Confident schemes.

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

Deadline: 10am, Tuesday 28 June 2022

First-stage interviews for this position will take place virtually on Friday 8 July 2022. Second stage interviews will take place either in-person or virtually the following week. We aim for the role to start as soon as possible after the interview process.

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