Vacancy: Policy & Project Officer

Location:               Edinburgh, some travel will be required

Hours of work:     37 per week (full-time)

Contract type:       Permanent

Starting salary:     £26,300

Closing date:         Wednesday, 28th August

Interview date:     Monday, 2nd September

The purpose of the job is to make it easier for people in Scotland to eat more veg, especially the people who currently eat little or no veg.

Main activities

  • To lead Nourish’s work in Scotland on the UK-wide Peas Please project in which we are a core partner

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, amongst other things: co-producing the Peas Please initiative in Scotland with citizens and community groups; working with a colleague to securing and supporting commitments from businesses; and promoting and adding value to schemes which support dignified preferential access to veg by low income households.

  • To scope and develop additional work where Nourish can add value or a distinctive perspective

This will focus on projects which have the potential to support the transition to a more sustainable, equitable, nutritious, sociable and humane relationship between people and food in Scotland. This could include early years nutrition, nutrition of vulnerable adults and people in care, consumption of whole grains and less processed food, public procurement of organic food.

 

Person Specification 

Essential

  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including businesses, communities and government
  • Ability to work in partnership and align the efforts of different actors
  • Understanding of the policy and evidence landscape relating to sustainable healthy diets and to cultural / behavioural change
  • Ability to connect peoples lived experiences with wider policy and practice change

 

Important

  • Understanding of the operations of food supply chains and possibilities for improvement
  • Ability to gather and analyse soft and hard data and produce well-written and well-evidenced reports
  • Influencing, networking, facilitation and bridge-building skills
  • Commitment to the philosophy, mission and values of Nourish Scotland

 

Desirable

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

 

For further details please see the job description. To apply, please e-mail completed application form to job@nourishscotland.org.uk and equality and diversity monitoring form to HR@nourishscotland.org.uk

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