Programme Officer
Location: Home Based
Salary: £25,912
Expires: 23/01/2022 23:59

About our organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity that works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

We campaign for change, support farming innovation, serve healthy food in communities, champion and grow the organic market, and protect forests. We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

About the opportunity

Sustainable Food Places is a partnership programme of the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain. We support the development of local cross-sector food partnerships of public agencies, businesses & VCS organisations that collaborate to make healthy, sustainable food a defining characteristic of their place. We are adapting and extending the SFP model aiming to build a critical mass of 100 inclusive food partnerships across the UK. The Programme Officer role is central to ensuring efficient, effective delivery and will involve the administration and coordination of numerous workstreams and operational processes. These include grants, awards and monitoring, and supporting internal and external communications with staff, network members and wider stakeholders. This is a multi-faceted role suited to someone with energy and enthusiasm who can work under pressure and is happy to juggle different strands of work while maintaining a keen eye for detail as part of an enthusiastic team.

About you

We are looking for somebody with:

• Knowledge of the role, importance and opportunities to use food in driving positive change.

• Previous experience of helping to administrate and coordinate a complex programme, including financial processes and keeping accurate logs and files.

• Experience of managing incoming comms and requests and replying or escalating as needed

• Previous experience of scheduling meetings and action minute taking

• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written as well as a professional social media experience

• Take ownership of tasks and pride in completing them accurately, efficiently and on time.

• Flexible and able to respond to changing priorities.

• Able to work independently and as part of a geographically remote team


37.5 hours per week, 12 Months Fixed-Term

30 hours per week can be considered (£28,729.60)

To Apply

Click ‘apply’ to submit your application form. Please note we do not accept CVs or Cover Letters and reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive a sufficient number of applications.

Please check your junk/spam folder if you do not receive a confirmation email upon submitting your application. All candidates will receive an email to confirm whether they have made it through to the interview stage.

For any queries, please contact We know the value of diversity in nature and want it in our organisation. We recognize that diverse backgrounds and experiences will bring a fresh perspective to our work. If you're not sure about applying, please get in touch with us for a chat.

Thank you for your interest in our work at the Soil Association.

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