Job Opening: Engagement Officer (UNFSS)

Date posted: 19.02.2021
Work location: Oslo, Norway
Job function: Engagement and event management
Job type: Full-time, employment for 8 months
Start date: As soon as possible

In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. With only 10 years remaining, many of the 17 SDGs remain far out of reach. In many cases, unsafe or unsustainable food systems are part of the problem.

The UN Food Systems Summit will serve as a turning point in the world’s journey to achieve all the SDGs. We know what we need to do to get back on track: Scientists agree that transforming our food systems is among the most powerful ways to change course and realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda. Rebuilding the food systems of the world will also enable us to answer the UN Secretary-General’s call to “build back better” from COVID-19. We are all part of the food system, and so we all must come together to bring about the transformation that the world needs.

The UN Food Systems Summit will launch bold new actions, solutions and strategies to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems. The Summit will awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food.

The Summit is structured around five main objectives in support of its broader vision of delivering progress on all 17 SDGs:

  1. Ensuring access to safe and nutritious foods for all.
  2. Shifting to sustainable consumption patterns.
  3. Boosting nature-positive production at sufficient scales
  4. Advancing equitable livelihoods and value distribution
  5. Building resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stresses

EAT has been asked to deliver Objective 2:  shifting to sustainable consumption patterns.  As a key part of this track will be the opportunity to develop a public engagement programme that aims at:

  • raising awareness of how food systems have the potential for enhanced health of both people and planet
  • elevating public discourse prior to and after the Summit to inform and influence corporate and global policy priorities
  • promoting successful strategies for improved education on, and behaviour change for, shifting sustainable and healthy consumption patterns

Please visit https://www.un.org/en/food-systems-summit for more information about the Summit. 

Organizational Placement

The Engagement Officer reports to the Director of Global Action and is part of EAT Action Track 2 project team.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Support the coordinationand planning of Action Track 2 events such as public fora and multi-stakeholder dialogues processes towards the UN Food System Summit
  • Organize meetings, supportmulti-stakeholder engagement and outreach, and produce documentation
  • Liaise and collaborate with food systems stakeholders in support ofAction Track 2.

Profile

Experience

  • Extensive experience organizing and managing digital and physical multi-stakeholder events and dialogues both at the national and international level
  • Ability to manage relationships and be a point of contact for external stakeholders including civil society, youth organizations, governments, multilateral institutions, and the private sector, among others
  • Demonstrable experience coordinating and drafting post-event briefings and reports
  • Familiarity and/or expertise with nutrition and culinary strategy development is an asset

Skills

  • Ability to manage complex projects with tight and competing deadlines
  • Ability to work with stakeholders from different sectors, cultures and backgrounds
  • Native level oral and written English
  • Strong knowledge of agricultural practices, youth leadership, activism and political influence processes an advantage
  • Managerial, coordination and project management skills
  • Technical report writing skills, including developing briefing material, reports and other content
  • Advanced digital tools skills (Office 365)


Terms of Employment

  • The employment is a paid full-time position requiring 40 hours of work per week inclusive of ½ hour lunch per day. All EAT employees have access to the company lunch-canteen.
  • The set duration of employment is 8 months.
  • EAT is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all employees.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to close the position before the deadline if suitable candidates are identified.

Contact details
All application material and inquiries regarding the position should be in English and directed to cv@eatforum.org with “Engagement officer (UNFSS)” in the subject line.

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Application deadline
Date: 01.03.2021

About EAT
EAT is an international non-profit organization founded by Stordalen Foundation, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Wellcome Trust, and works towards catalyzing a global food system transformation. Our vision is a fair and sustainable global food system for healthy people and planet – leaving no one behind. The organization connects and partners across science, policy, business and civil society to transform the global food system through sound science, impatient disruption and novel partnerships. Please visit EAT’s website for more information about our organization and the work we do.