Policy Analyst

The Good Food Institute Europe
Job Type
Full-time, 1 year contract
Deadline for Applications
How to Apply
Send CV, cover letter and complete a short task
Where to Apply

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 their 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 their US affiliate’s website (gfi.org) and read the 2020 Year in Review (gfi.org/2020) to find out more about who they are and what they do.

One of their 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, they’ve focused their engagement efforts at the EU level in Brussels.

Now, they 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, they need to decide which countries to focus their efforts on and to start building relationships at the national level.

They are offering a one-year contract for a Policy Analyst to help them 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 their work mapping out which European countries hold the highest potential for engagement to further their 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:
Deliverable 1:
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.

Deliverable 2:
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 them to prioritise. You will consider existing sustainable protein ecosystems as well as where there is potential to grow sustainable protein ecosystems in future.

Deliverable 3:
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.

Other/ Miscellaneous
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 they’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. They 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.

They want the best people and they don’t want biases holding them back. They strongly encourage people of every colour, orientation, age, gender, origin and ability to apply. Because they value a diverse workplace, they 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 – they will consider applicants from anywhere in Europe. You will mainly be working remotely: from your home, or wherever you choose. They are a remote team, but – Covid restrictions permitting – they 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. They 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:
What motivated you to apply for this role.
How you meet each of the requirements for the role as listed in the job description.
Which bit of the job description energises you the most.

The full application process is outlined in the job brochure: shorturl.at/uyCDF. They really look forward to hearing from you!

Any questions? If you have any questions about this role, please do reach out to them at europe@gfi.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.