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Buckinghamshire Food Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

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Buckinghamshire Food Coordinator (Maternity Cover)


Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming


£17,836 for total value of contract. This equates to £182 per day for 98 days.


98 days to be worked between Jan/Feb and September 2021. Spread evenly over this period, this equates to approx. 2.5 to 3 days a week.


Initially remote in line with government Covid-19 guidelines. We will favour applicants based in or with good access to Buckinghamshire. Travel likely to Buckinghamshire and to Sustain’s office in Cambridge Heath, London.

Position type

This is a freelance role, as maternity cover.

Annual Leave

This is included within daily rate therefore holiday must be agreed with manager and will be unpaid.

Closing date

12pm (midday) Friday 18th December 2020

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Equal opportunities

Sustain is an equal opportunities employer. See our equal opportunities policy:  

Right to Work

You will need to be registered as self-employed, registered to work in the UK.

About Sustain

We are an alliance representing around 100 national public interest organisations and hundreds more working at international, national, regional and local level. Collectively we strive for better food and farming through advocating food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity.

We operate in collaboration with our membership and:

  • Share information to strengthen the work of the membership and help promote their activities to the media and to policy makers.
  • Develop networks of members and allied organisations to devise and implement policies and practices on particular issues of common concern.
  • Advise and negotiate with national and local government to ensure that legislation and policies on food and agriculture are publicly accountable and socially and environmentally responsible.
  • Encourage businesses to produce, process and market foods which are good for health and the environment, and to devise, invest in and maintain policies and practices that make sustainable food choices the easy choice.

Sustain fulfils its aims is through running a multitude of different projects and campaigns to improve food and farming, with the help of our members and other supporters. They broadly fit under a number of themes to be set out in our new strategy due to be published in 2021, which (of course) overlap and include

  • Sustainable food production
  • Good food economy
  • Access to healthier food for all

We pursue these through a combination of local and national action, with much success. Through our organisational plan we are also committed to improving the way we work and have set some targets for improving our communications and campaigning, increasing the diversity of our staff, trustees and supporter networks, building stronger connections with supporters and other people working for change, and upskilling our staff and the movement.


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 Buckinghamshire Food 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.

About this role

You will co-ordinate the Buckinghamshire Food Partnership, initially working alongside, then covering the maternity leave of the current Coordinator. The first phase established the appetite for a Bucks food partnership, which is now being established as an independent entity. The partnership provides the framework to generate and support local action to improve the food system building on the Sustainable Food Places model, but in the context of a whole county and a largely rural setting.

This role will support the new Partnership in taking forward the recommendations of the report: Time for a Buckinghamshire Food Partnership (see full report and summary).

Tasks and responsibilities

The Buckinghamshire Food Coordinator will have a varied and exciting workload and work in collaboration with Sustain’s senior management, local stakeholders, Food Matters staff, and staff working on Sustainable Food Places (run in partnership with Food Matters, the Soil Association and Sustain).

The Coordinator’s responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring effective continued engagement in the Bucks Food Partnership from key local stakeholders
  • Organising meetings, and sub groups meetings of the Bucks Food Partnership
  • Administering and expanding the communication platforms for the Partnership, including newsletter, website and social media.
  • Expanding the supporter base and wider network of the Partnership
  • Fundraising to enhance and extend the work of the Partnership, and contributing ideas and expertise to fundraising initiatives that may be of benefit to local partners.
  • Liaising with the Sustainable Food Places network over membership, and explore opportunities that this membership would provide.
  • Managing relationship with partner Food Matters, and local leads to help pursue activities in line with the projects aims during this period.
  • Convening and supporting community food groups in Wycombe, Aylesbury, and Chesham
  • Coordinating a county-wide drive to identify more land for community food growing, and more community involvement in these growing projects.
  • Working with Bucks growers, suppliers and retailers to identify barriers and opportunities for increasing sale of local produce.
  • Supporting with set-up, and then managing a new independent organisation to take the Partnership’s work forward.

The Coordinator will also:

  • Contribute to the mutually supportive culture of Sustain, among the staff team, and project participants.
  • Actively identify ways to support diverse groups through their work, in line with Sustain’s policy on improving diversity in the food movement, including supporting racial and socio-economic justice
  • Maintain excellent financial and other records, to help with accountability and open to public and funder scrutiny. The Coordinator will work with Sustain’s finance and management team to report to the funder, relevant project working parties and sub-groups, and the Sustain Council of Trustees (who ultimately also report to Sustain alliance members).

For now you would be expected to work remotely, although we are allowing people to work in our offices where required. The role will involve meetings in Buckinghamshire once lock down restrictions are lifted. The contractor will also undertake any other responsibilities in connection with the work that may arise from time to time.

Personal specification


  • Experience of working within a network or coalition
  • Excellent relationship building and team working skills, supporting achievement of shared goals
  • Good project management, time management and organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, with high levels of self-motivation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in fluent spoken and written English
  • Experience of running online meetings/webinars and facilitating learning between a dispersed set of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of issues on healthy and sustainable food and farming
  • Energy, enthusiasm, creativity and tenacity
  • Entitlement to work in the UK (Sustain is not able to assist with applications for work permits). You will need to be registered as self-employed, registered to work in the UK.
  • Availability to commence work from January/February 2021
  • Availability to travel to Buckinghamshire and to London for meetings
  • Knowledge of Buckinghamshire: its locations, landscape, institutions, businesses and communities.


  • Based in Buckinghamshire
  • Experience in the field of healthy and sustainable food, and action at a local level
  • Experience of working with local government and city/place-based approaches to sustainable food
  • Experience of fundraising
  • Experience of running an organisation

To apply for this contract, please email a CV (or a portfolio if you are applying on behalf of an organisation) and a maximum two-page covering letter telling us about your experience and how this relates to the personal specification, to, by 12pm (midday) on Friday 18th December 2020.

As we are recruiting for several positions over this period, please add Bucks Food Coordinator to the subject line of your covering email along with your name. Complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (if you wish) and email with your application. Please note all forms will be separated from the applications. 

Interviews for this contract will take place virtually over Zoom or MS Teams on Tuesday 5th January 2021. Ideally the officer would be able to start in January/February 2021.

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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Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.

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