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:
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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@example.com the following:
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 21 June 2021
Interviews for this position will take place virtually via Zoom the week commencing 28 June 2021.
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