Policy Analyst (home-based)
Use your research and relationship-building skills to help build a sustainable, secure and just food system
Industrial animal agriculture is at the root of many of the most pressing global issues of our time, from climate change and global hunger to increased disease risk and the exploitation of billions of animals annually.
The Good Food Institute Europe (GFI Europe) is at the forefront of the movement to use food technology to replace the products of industrial animal agriculture with plant-based, cultivated (grown from cells) and fermentation-enabled alternatives. Please check out our US affiliate’s website (gfi.org) and read the 2020 Year in Review (gfi.org/2020) to find out more about who we are and what we do.
One of our key objectives is to boost the amount of research and development funding that governments across Europe devote to plant-based and cultivated meat. So far, we’ve focused our engagement efforts at the EU level in Brussels.
Now, we want to start working at the national level in countries across Europe, to mobilise R&D funding and deliver wider policy change to support sustainable proteins. To do that, we need to decide which countries to focus our efforts on and to start building relationships at the national level.
We are offering a one-year contract for a Policy Analyst to help us map, build relationships and identify future opportunities for engagement across Europe. The project will involve conducting research comparing the opportunities for boosting R&D funding across different countries, prioritising which countries to focus on, conducting ecosystem mapping, building relationships with key actors, and making strategic recommendations for further engagement beyond the end of the project.
For more information about this role, please check out the job brochure: shorturl.at/uyCDF.
How you will make a difference:
You will lead our work mapping out which European countries hold the highest potential for engagement to further our objective of boosting public R&D funding for sustainable proteins. You will make strategic recommendations about which countries GFI has the highest potential for positive impact in, and you will start to build relationships with national-level policymakers, researchers, companies and NGOs. You will complete three deliverables as part of this project:
· Carry out desk research on approximately 20 European countries, looking at factors such as the level of public R&D funding dedicated to food, agriculture and climate change mitigation, the existing research ecosystem, the position of national governments on sustainable proteins, and the relative influence of national governments on EU policy.
· Shortlist approximately 10 countries for deeper investigation.
· Conduct deep-dive ecosystem mapping into these 10 European countries, using creative and analytical thinking to identify opportunities for engagement.
· Build initial relationships with national-level stakeholders (policymakers, climate and global health NGOs, researchers, companies) to map ecosystems and to motivate other actors to promote sustainable proteins.
· Weigh up the various inputs you have received and make detailed, strategic recommendations about the top five countries for us to prioritise. You will consider existing sustainable protein ecosystems as well as where there is potential to grow sustainable protein ecosystems in future.
· Develop thoughtful, strategic and comprehensive engagement plans for five European countries, outlining what opportunities exist for GFI to advance its mission and which actors to work with.
· Continue fostering relationships with stakeholders and policymakers in these countries.
· Potentially oversee contractors to assist you in fulfilling the national-level mapping.
· Coordinate with colleagues across all GFI functions as necessary – policy, science and technology, corporate engagement, communications, development and operations.
· Collate and present your results in a well-organised and clear fashion.
· Perform other tasks as required.
Who we’re looking for:
You must have:
· A passion for GFI’s philosophy and mission.
· The ability to think and act strategically, including weighing complex factors and coming to well-argued conclusions.
· The ability to take ownership of, organise and independently lead a multi-faceted project.
· Excellent people-skills and the ability to build strong, collaborative and positive relationships with external stakeholders.
· Enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, self-motivation, and a sense of ownership and responsibility for delivering results.
· Strong prioritisation and time management skills to manage multiple workflows simultaneously and meet deadlines.
· Very strong written skills.
· Comfort working remotely in a rapidly evolving organisation.
· A good level of IT literacy, including comfort working with spreadsheets (additional support and training will be available for this – you don’t need to be a tech-wizard to apply!)
· Fluent English (at CEFR C1 level), both written and spoken. We would welcome applications from candidates who, in addition, can work in other European languages.
· It would be an advantage – though it is not a requirement – to have experience in one or more of the following: analysis, policy, relationship-building, or other relevant areas.
We want the best people and we don’t want biases holding us back. We strongly encourage people of every colour, orientation, age, gender, origin and ability to apply. Because we value a diverse workplace, we prioritise an inclusive climate absent of discrimination and harassment during the application process and after you join the team.
Benefits and the fine print:
· Length of Engagement: One year, full-time (part-time options possible by request), with the possibility of renewal or extension subject to performance and funding availability.
· Start and end date: Position commencing on 1st September 2021 (some flexibility is possible), scheduled to end on 31 August 2022.
· Location: Flexible – we will consider applicants from anywhere in Europe. You will mainly be working remotely: from your home, or wherever you choose. We are a remote team, but – Covid restrictions permitting – we hope that you will have the opportunity to meet some or all of your colleagues in person at some point!
· Salary: £27,650 – £35,000 annual gross for a full-time employee contract (prorated for part-time hours, if applicable). Contractor arrangements can also be considered. This range is based on a UK hire and will be adjusted if hired elsewhere in Europe.
· Benefits: Home-working allowance, 36 days off per year including public holidays, flexibility to adapt daily working hours to suit personal commitments.
· Right to work requirements: At the time of starting your employment, you must have permission to work in the country where you will be contracted.
· Application Deadline: 19th July 2021, 11.59pm BST. We will be assessing candidates on a rolling basis, so please apply now!
· Application process: Please complete this short form, upload your CV and cover letter, and complete a short task here: https://forms.gle/o9BFphZDgorhPT6K8 – thank you. Your cover letter (of 1-2 pages) should set out:
1. What motivated you to apply for this role.
2. How you meet each of the requirements for the role as listed in the job description.
3. Which bit of the job description energises you the most.
The full application process is outlined in the job brochure: shorturl.at/uyCDF. We really look forward to hearing from you!
Any questions? If you have any questions about this role, please do reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’ve read this far but decided not to apply, please feel free to share this job description with someone else in your network who you think might be a good fit for the role! Thank you.
About The Good Food Institute Europe
We work with scientists, investors, policy makers and entrepreneurs to make groundbreaking good food a reality. We focus on clean meat and plant-based alternatives to animal products—foods that are more delicious, safer to eat, and better for the planet than their outdated counterparts.