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Champion for the Global Food Security Programme

Help address one of the grand challenges of the 21st century

16 March 2011

Working nationally and internationally, this unique post offers the opportunity to make a key contribution to Global Food Security, by helping to meet the challenge of providing the world’s growing population with a sustainable and secure supply of safe, nutritious and affordable food.

The major UK funders of food related research have joined forces to establish the Global Food Security Programme, aligning their activities around shared goals and maximising the impact of the work they support to address key challenges. The Programme will take multi-disciplinary and whole systems approaches to research on UK and world food supply systems from both a consumer and producer perspective working through four overarching themes: economic resilience; resource efficiency; sustainable production and supply; and sustainable, healthy, safe diets.

We are seeking an exceptional individual to lead, manage and co-ordinate this exciting new programme. He/she will:

  • work with funders and researchers to foster multi-disciplinary approaches, adding value to on-going research and promoting new research
  • promote maximum impact through effective knowledge exchange and translation into practice and policy, infrastructure, skills and international engagement
  • act as a high-profile ambassador and spokesperson for the Programme, nationally and internationally

Are you the person we are looking for?

The successful candidate will have:

  • a strong commitment to the objectives of the Global Food Security
    Programme and the standing to establish personal credibility at the highest levels across a broad stakeholder base
  • a proven track record of providing outstanding leadership and management of large, complex, multi-faceted programmes or projects
  • commercial awareness and experience of the translation and application of research outputs
  • excellent negotiating and influencing skills at a high-profile strategic level
  • excellent skills in oral and written communication of scientific and policy matters to a wide range of audiences with differing levels of understanding

The post is offered as a fixed-term appointment for a minimum of three years. The time commitment is expected to be at least four days per week. There is flexibility in the location of the post but considerable travel will be required. An attractive salary is available, commensurate with the level and strategic importance of the post.

Further information

Further information, including how to apply, may be obtained from Carbon-NfP, who would be happy to have an informal and confidential telephone discussion. Please contact Sharon Taylor by email in the first instance.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 15 April 2011.

About Global Food Security

Global Food Security is a multi-agency programme bringing together the research interests of the Research Councils, Executive Agencies and Government Departments.

Through Global Food Security the partners are working together to support research to meet the challenge of providing the world’s growing population with a sustainable,  and secure supply of safe, nutritious and affordable high quality food from less land and with lower inputs.

Partner and sponsor organisations are:

  • Research Councils UK – comprising:
    • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    • Economic and Social Research Council
    • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
    • Medical Research Council
    • Natural Environment Research Council
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Department for International Development
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Government Office for Science
  • Scottish Government
  • Technology Strategy Board
  • Welsh Assembly Government

For more information about the food security challenge and Global Food Security visit: