Vacancy: Project Officer (sustainable nutrition)

Location: Edinburgh, some travel will be required
Hours of work: 37 per week (full-time)
Contract type: Permanent
Starting salary: £26,300

Deadline: Thursday, 18th July 2019
Interviews: Friday, 26th July 2019


Job purpose

The main purpose of the job is to work with people, communities, businesses, third sector organisations, academics and government to accelerate the change towards patterns of eating in Scotland which are more sustainable, sociable, nutritious and humane.


Main activities

1. To lead Nourish’s work in Scotland on the UK-wide Peas Please project in which we are a core partner (about 60% initially)
Peas Please is a UK-wide initiative which brings together farmers, retailers, caterers, manufacturers, government departments, and local authorities with a common goal of making it easier for everyone to eat veg. This work will involve, among other things:
• Working with colleagues in the other three UK nations to deliver the overall programme
• Co-producing the Peas Please initiative in Scotland with citizens, community groups and the growing network of sustainable food cities and towns
• Securing and supporting commitments from businesses (including private and public sector caterers, venues, visitor attractions, hotels, retailers) to make it easier for their customers to eat and enjoy more veg
• Promoting and adding value to schemes which support dignified preferential access to veg by low income households, including Best Start foods and community led local projects – and advocating where needed for greater ambition
• Developing and supporting initiatives by chefs and cooks to improve skills in sourcing and cooking veg
• Producing a report on veg in school meals, including how local authorities are implementing the new Scottish Government guidance on having two portions in every school meal

2. To scope and develop additional work to influence food policy and the food environment. These could include for example: affordability of a healthy diet; regulatory measures to align the offer from retailers and caterers with dietary goals; public procurement of organic food, method of production labelling of animal products.

3. Where Nourish can add value or a distinctive perspective, to co-operate with others already working on issues such as obesity, meat consumption, early years nutrition, nutrition of vulnerable adults and people in care, consumption of whole grains and less processed food.


Skills, experience and knowledge

• Ability to engage with businesses and help them to change business practices
• In-depth understanding of the policy and evidence landscape relating to sustainable healthy diets
• Ability to engage with individuals and communities and connect peoples lived experiences with wider policy and practice change
• Influencing, networking, facilitation and bridge-building skills
• Ability to gather and analyse soft and hard data and produce well-written and well-evidenced reports
• Commitment to the philosophy, mission and values of Nourish Scotland
• Strong communication skills

• Keen interest in food policy and the food environment
• Deep and enduring love of vegetables
• Experience of working with individuals and community groups to support dietary change


Application procedure

Please see the job description for complete information about the post. To apply, please e-mail completed application form to and the equality & diversity monitoring form to

We will offer an interview to any applicant with disability, if the person meets the minimum criteria for the job. If you would like to take advantage of the guaranteed interview scheme, please let us know by e-mail to