JOB SPECIFICATION – SHROPSHIRE FOOD POVERTY ALLIANCE FOOD POVERTY PROJECT AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER – 37.5 HOURS PER WEEK 

INTRODUCING THE SHROPSHIRE FOOD POVERTY ALLIANCE AND SHREWSBURY FOOD HUB

The Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance (the Alliance) is a group of organisations around Shropshire which are working together to tackle food poverty in the county. The Alliance is hosted by Shrewsbury Food Hub and has a part-time Co-ordinator.

 

At present, the Alliance has funding for a number of short-term projects and activities, including: maintaining an active network between the member organisations, including sharing up-to-date information and learning; running the Shropshire Larder website to provide information for the public about how to access healthy and affordable food; an on-going community-based project working in 4 locations to pilot new approaches to increasing access to healthy and affordable food; a new project to support vulnerable children in rural areas with access to healthy food; evaluating and learning from the various projects; administration of two small grant programmes for food banks and food aid organisations.

 

The work required of the Co-ordinator has increased recently due to successful grant applications for project work, as well as the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

 

The Food Poverty Project and Communications Officer will manage the new project on supporting vulnerable children in rural areas and communications. In addition, they will support the preparation of funding bids.

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

The postholder will work closely with the Alliance Co-ordinator, taking responsibility for particular tasks, including:

  • Managing the new project to support vulnerable children in rural areas with access to healthy food all year round, including research on need with schools, development of options for addressing need and supporting and evaluating pilot trials.

  • Updating the Shropshire Larder website on a regular basis to ensure that it provides accurate information for front-line organisations and people needing support. Also, increasing the reach of this information through new Facebook and Twitter feeds, press releases and by organising radio interviews for SFPA members

  • Updating the Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance website with case studies of good practice in Shropshire and beyond and organising webinars to share learning.

  • Supporting the submission of funding bids by collating data and evidence on need and proposed solutions from partners across the county.

 

The focus of the role is to deliver on key Alliance tasks and outputs, with support and guidance from the Co-ordinator.

 

The post-holder is expected to work to support the Food Hub’s values of safety, respect, reliability, co-operation and kindness.   The Food Hub is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from candidates regardless of race, disability, sex, sexual orientation, age or religion.

WORKING HOURS AND LOCATION:

The postholder will work from home and the Food Hub’s office in Shrewsbury (to be agreed with the Food Hub, in line with safe working practice).

 

Working hours are to be agreed with the successful applicant.  Some evening or weekend hours might be required from time to time to be able to work effectively with communities or to meet comms delivery requirements.  

Training will be given in our systems.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Essential Criteria

Experienced researcher, confident in gathering data from interviews and on-line and presenting clear analysis in written reports

Good organisational skills with track record of delivering projects and their outcomes.

Experience of working in communities and/or with volunteers.

Self-motivated, comfortable working on your own initiative, and demonstrated ability to problem solve, using guidance provided.

Good communicator, both verbally and written.

Confident and competent with IT, including sound Word, Excel and Powerpoint skills.

 

Desirable Criteria

Experience of designing and running comms campaigns.

Experience of maintaining social media streams, and in wider comms creation and placement including print media and radio.

Website content maintenance (training can be provided).

Passionate about tackling food poverty in Shropshire.

Comfortable working in a small team.

Adaptable to change.

Clean driving licence, with access to a vehicle.

Able to provide their own laptop.

REPORTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The Assistant will report to the Co-ordinator, Emily Fay.  

 

CONTRACTUAL TERMS

This is a fixed term 6 month self-employed contract, which may be extended.   There will be a probation period of 1 month. Payment is at the living wage, £9.30 per hour, 37.5 hours per week.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

We welcome the chance to have a chat with you about the job before you apply, please email Emily on emily@shrewsburyfoodhub.org.uk with your phone number, and she will call you back.

 

Please submit your CV with a covering letter demonstrating your suitability for the role to Emily Fay  emily@shrewsburyfoodhub.org.uk with the heading “SFPA Project & Comms Officer”  in the subject line.   The application deadline is midnight on 28th June.  Interviews will take place on 1st/2nd July.

 

For more information on the Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance, please see www.shropshirefoodpoverty.org.uk and for more information on the Shrewsbury Food hub, please see www.shrewsburyfoodhub.org.uk .