Programme Assistant – Citizen Engagement

Applications close on Monday 15th January at midday

21st December 2023

This role will suit you if you have a huge appetite for learning and enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced team focussed on making change happen.

In 2022, the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission set out to explore what people really think about food. We commissioned a robust qualitative research process, starting in Birmingham and Cambridgeshire, as well as national polling, to explore the impact of food on multiple aspects of life – food and health, farming and land use, climate and nature, and trade and justice.

This first phase of the National Conversation About Food was our ‘proof of concept’. Citizens told us that they want swift and wide-reaching action on food to protect health, nature and the environment. They demand radical change that involves all actors in the system. And their thoughts about the food system tell us a great deal about the society they want – one that is fairer, healthier and greener, with government and business leaders taking the hard decisions that put people and the planet first.

This coming year we are bringing these questions to citizens around the UK, in the ‘roll out’ phase of the National Conversation. To support the delivery of this work, we are looking for a Programme Assistant.

The right candidate will be buzzing with enthusiasm to learn, organised and action-oriented, and will be highly self-motivated and able to work effectively in a virtual team.

This role will suit you if you have:

- Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to plan, prioritise and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

- Articulate, engaging and accurate communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to communicate confidently and effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders.

- Motivation to work alone, and virtually, demonstrating initiative and self-direction as part of a virtual networked team.

- Some experience of coordinating projects, meetings and/or events.

- Interest in the aims and ethos of FFCC.

To learn more about the role, please download the Job Description at the top of this page.

FFCC is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and celebrates these qualities as essential principles of a fair and sustainable society. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and are actively seeking to ensure our team is representative of the diversity of UK countries.

Contract type: Fixed term, until September 2025 (with potential for extension)

Hours: Full time (35 hours per week)

Closing date: Midday on Monday, 15th January 2024. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 29th January 2024.

Salary: £21,840 per annum (£23,933 if based in London)

Location: Home based, but will need to be able to commute to office space in Bristol or London a few times a month.

To apply: Please send your CV and a one page cover letter, explaining why you are suitable for this role and your reasons for applying, to