The Good Food Plan – Programme Coordinator

Term: Full-time, for a fixed period of three months. The placement would be well suited to a secondment from a partner organisation, collaboration or self-employed / consultancy contract
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Homebased

We want to live in a city where everyone is able to access healthy and nutritious food.

The City of Liverpool has a proud track record of working collaboratively to support the most vulnerable in our communities and ensuring basic needs are met. One such area is the ‘Right to Food’.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, organisations across the city have responded to ensure emergency food has been provided where needed, and to work towards a future where everyone has access to and ability to use affordable and nutritious food; and that the supply of food into the city is sustainable.

A group of partners – including Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services and Feeding Liverpool – has formed, seeking to produce a Good Food Plan for Liverpool. The plan will ultimately form part of the wider City Plan for Liverpool but set out a clear path to achieving the above objectives. The first few months of this plan are about establishing the foundations on which the plan will be built – gathering and articulating what we already know about food in the city; suggesting obvious measures we can take in the short term, and setting the basis for long-term change. This includes hearing the voices of those in our communities in line with City Plan principles.

Stage 1 of the Good Food Plan is due for completion in June 2021.

We are seeking an experienced programme manager to support the partnership in getting to this point. Individual work streams are already underway and we need someone to ‘pull it all together’.

Programme Coordinator Brief

This placement will be full-time, for a fixed period of three months. The placement would be well suited to a secondment from a partner organisation, collaboration or self-employed / consultancy contract.

The contract will be held by Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services on behalf of the Steering Group.

The Programme Manager will support the delivery of Liverpool’s Good Food Plan. Reporting to the Chairs of the Steering Group the main responsibilities of the post holder will be to:

-Work with the steering group and contracted creative agencies to lead the production of the Good Food Plan; including drafting, consultation, and dissemination of findings to stakeholders.

-Act as the main point of contact for the steering group and partners, providing coordination of the day-to-day operations of the group.

– Act as main point of contact for external organisations engaging with the Good Food Plan, ensuring requests for information are dealt with appropriately.

– Support the steering group in liaison with the National Food Strategy – including an interim submission on behalf of Liverpool partners.

– Take responsibility for the project management cycle ensuring milestones are met, risk is well-managed, deliverables are achieved, and inter-dependencies across the work of the group are identified and managed.

– Take responsibility for the project budget

– Providing support to the work stream leads to deliver these elements of the plan

– Communicate progress to the Chair(s) and Steering Group Members

The Ideal Candidate will have:

– Strong written and verbal communication skills:
o ability to write reports using both quantitative and qualitative research that are accessible to multiple audiences.
o ability to liaise with diverse stakeholders

– Proven ability in project management and experience of coordinating complex programmes of work.

-Experience of supplier and partner contract management – working with creative agencies to create a design and publication concepts.

– A passion for ensuring affordable, healthy and sustainable food provision in Liverpool. Experience in food planning is desirable.

– Experience of working across public, private and voluntary sectors at a senior level.

– Proven ability to work with a team of professionals as part of coordinated approach.

– Experience working in a public policy environment, and in particular with local government.

– Commitment to a positive, asset based way of working.


Expressions of interest should be made by email to the Chairs of the Steering Group via its secretariat Brigid Parkinson at Brigid.Parkinson@liverpool.gov.uk.

Expressions of interest should come in the form of an email, setting out a short proposal which includes relevant skills and experience, track record with similar projects, and a short biography of any individuals to be involved in the project.

Closing date for expressions of interest will be 5pm on Thursday 18 March, with applicants invited to interview during the week beginning 22 March.

Got questions about the specifics of the project? Contact Brigid to arrange an informal conversation with a steering group member before the deadline.

Timetable and Outputs

We aim for this role to start at the beginning of April and run until the end of June. Individual workstreams are already underway.

We are working on a tight timetable to deliver a document and associated event in June. Detailed timetable to be agreed on contracting.

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