London, Greater London
£30,000 per year FTE (i.e. £18,000 for 22.5hrs/week)
Contract, Part-time
Job description

We are recruiting for a part-time Project Manager for our Livestock Transition Dialogues project. This is an exciting opportunity to join a small but dynamic team in an organisation that has been at the forefront of thinking on ethical concerns in food and farming since 1998. 

About the role

This is a part-time (22.5hrs/ week) role on a fixed-term (three-year contract). We need a dynamic Project Manager to help us drive forward an exciting new project working with farmers in the UK to help accelerate the transition to sustainable farming. You will be responsible for co-ordinating the smooth running of the project, working closely with the Executive Director and other members of the team. You must be prepared to manage the project, organise and facilitate workshops, conduct research to a high standard, support communications activity on the project and manage relationships with key stakeholders, including livestock farmers.

You will need to be prepared to engage in nuanced dialogue with people who have a range of perspectives on the role of livestock farming in the future. You will recognise that there is contention in the debate about what part meat, dairy and eggs should play in future food systems – and that livestock farming can have a range of both positive and negative impacts. Positive attempts are being made in the UK to tackle environmental, health and animal welfare issues surrounding meat, eggs and dairy, but these are not going far or fast enough. This role will involve identifying best practice and helping accelerate the transition to humane, sustainable farming that fairly rewards farmers. Full job description and person specification attached.

The organisation has an open and supportive culture. You must be able to work independently and be willing to contribute ideas and to challenge. Whilst your primary responsibility is to co-ordinate this new project, as part of a small team, from time to time you should be prepared to get involved in different aspects of the organisation as needed.

About the Livestock Transition Dialogues project

Livestock Transition Dialogues is a new project we are starting in autumn 2020. The aim is to develop a blueprint with UK livestock farmers and other experts to make a just transition to nature-friendly, humane approaches that contribute to net zero greenhouse gas emissions and fairly reward farmers. The focus will be helping farmers themselves work out HOW they need to change and creating the conditions for sustainable farming to flourish. We will identify building blocks for positive change, test them, encourage wider adoption and lead joint advocacy on policies to accelerate the transition.


Salary: £30,000 FTE (i.e. £18,000 based on 22.5hrs/ week). In addition, we will pay a pension contribution of 4% of your basic pay per month (you will have to make minimum pension contributions in line with pensions law, unless you choose to opt out).

Hours: 22.5 hours per week spread over 3-4 days (but some flexibility on days)

Location: King’s Cross, London. We prefer for staff to work mainly in our shared office in Kings Cross, London – but with the opportunity to work remotely or from home as appropriate. Subject to government COVD-19 guidelines, the role is likely to involve some (but limited) travel around the UK to participate in workshops in different parts of the UK (as a guide, this might typically be 3-5 per year).

Right to work: You will need to hold the necessary rights/visa to work in the UK, the Food Ethics Council is not able to assist with applications for work permits.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 28th August 2020. Interviews will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Wednesday 9th September 2020.

Preferred start date: as soon as possible following interviews

The Food Ethics Council is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to the principle of equal opportunities and we welcome applications from individuals, irrespective of their age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We are proactively seeking to build the diversity of our team. We are happy to discuss and consider flexible working at the point of hire.

To apply for this role

Please include:

– Your CV (no more than 2 pages) and

– A covering letter (maximum 2 pages), which explains, including examples, how you meet the person specification.

Note: Candidates short-listed for interview will be notified directly. We are unable to respond to all applications. If applicants have not heard back by 3rd September 2020, unfortunately they have not been successful.

Refreshed on: 09 August 2020
Closed date: 28 August 2020
Job ref: Project manager - Livestock Transition Dialogues
Tags: Policy/Research, Project Management

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