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Project Specialist - Regenerative Agriculture - Flexible location in England, UK

Deadline: 24/01/2022


Earthworm Foundation (EF) is an international, dynamic non-profit organization which helps companies transform their supply chains across the world for the benefit of people and nature.

EF is seeking a motivated Project Specialist - Regenerative Agriculture (flexible location in England, UK).

About Earthworm Foundation

Earthworm Foundation currently has presence in more than 16 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, India, and several locations within Africa, Europe and the Americas. We employ more than 200 people worldwide and work with big and small companies, communities and producers of raw materials to create compelling cases of transformation. With an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, we work on the ground with people to create inspiring transformation stories. We focus on creating value, engage without judging and carry hope and a positive vision of the future.

What Makes Us Unique

Beyond providing advice on policy set up based on our strong technical expertise, we see the world through interactions and relationships. Operating between two worlds (NGO-Companies/Buyer-Supplier), we encourage our partners to look inside, and are not only their environmental conscience. In addition to traceability and assessments, we create and innovate solutions to the challenges companies and communities face.

What We Offer

  • A unique work experience in a dynamic non-profit directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.
  • An organic environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team with passionate people.
  • The opportunity to lead complex projects, build customer relationships and develop new business, with exposure to different tasks.

Responsibilities

In direct collaboration with key EF’s personnel including senior management and the head of the UK office, the essential responsibilities and functions of the Project Specialist Regenerative Agriculture include:

  • Design and implement RA strategies and programmes with companies and their UK supply chains. In doing so ensure that a farmer centric and pragmatic approach is created, one where farmers are at the centre of any intervention;
  • Develop UK relations and partnerships with relevant RA stakeholders;
  • Implement RA projects:
  • Coordinate with companies EF work with in the implementation of RA programmes;
  • Work with EF colleagues and UK companies in finalizing the design of strategies and programmes ensuring objectives and outputs are clearly defined and planned;
  • Engage with companies, farmers and other stakeholders to deliver RA training to farmers on soil health, workshops, field soil testing and reporting;
  • Identify and engage with key stakeholders that influence farming practices such as relevant farmer unions, landowners, government and industry representatives;
  • Report on progress including budgeting, activities, outcomes and impacts.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

  • Qualification in agronomy and/or agriculture;
  • Good understanding of soil science and health essential;
  • Three years demonstratable experience in managing projects in the agro-food sector in particular engagement with UK farmers and related stakeholders on regenerative farming practices, including soil testing, in a number of UK agricultural commodities such as wheat and potatoes;
  • Interest and knowledge of conservation agriculture / agro-ecology in a UK setting;
  • Knowledge of agricultural stakeholders in UK farming;
  • Good relationship management skills, comfortable in conversing with farmers, the farming community and farming stakeholders;
  • Good capacities in autonomous work and also a spirit of analysis and synthesis;
  • Good project management and report writing and presentation skills;

Language skills:

  • Proficiency in English (written & spoken).

Personal characteristics:

  • Passion for working on agriculture and food production.
  • Hands-on, practical, innovative.
  • Flexibility, mature, takes initiative/proactive and positive attitude.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously.
  • Knowledge of issues related to sustainability and supply chains.
  • Committed to Earthworm Foundation values:
    • Focus on action and on-the-ground results;
    • Entrepreneurial spirit;
    • Client-focused;
    • Open collaboration and communication;
    • Humble;
    • Respect for each other.

Working conditions / Physical effort:

  • Flexible base near project sites currently East and North of England, some travel to Winchester, EF’s UK office;
  • Frequent trips throughout the UK, in particular in England, for field work;
  • Possibility of trip to France, and Switzerland, our headquarters.

Other information:

  • Part-time role – 3 days per week, with possibility of full-time.
  • Initial 1-year contract;
  • Start date: ASAP ideally January/February 2022;
  • Competitive salary conditions;
  • Legal authorisation to work in the UK.

To apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV via email to uk.recruitment@earthworm.org by the 24th of January 2022. Please put your “Family name” and “Project Specialist Regenerative Agriculture” in the subject line of the email. Successful candidates will be contacted by email for an initial interview. Only candidates who send a full application will be considered. Only selected candidates will be contacted.