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JOB OPPORTUNITY - Feeding the Gaps Project Co-ordinator

Service Specification

Feeding the Gaps: Project Co-ordinator (self-employed)


Feeding the Gaps is a project to connect services providing for those in food poverty and sources of surplus food in Oxford and Oxfordshire. The project has been established by Abundance Oxford and other local community groups in collaboration with existing food services across the county.



There is a huge amount of food in Oxford, and much of it is wasted. On average, each family in the city wastes six meals a week. Yet there are still thousands of people in food poverty, without the skills, confidence or access to food to feed themselves regularly. We have a vision where these gaps are filled in, where food, and the support in how to use it, can get to those who need it. The existing organisations within this chain are all constantly running at capacity, so we have created this role to allow the right person to do something new, and something excellent.


Role description

The following services to be supplied on a freelance basis from home or own office base:

  • Create a database of relevant organisations, with up to date contact information and details of how they collect and use food
  • Cultivate relationships with the above organisations, identifying need and opportunities for partnerships
  • Develop a strategy for meeting the identified needs
  • Help to co-ordinate a Disco Soup event in April 2014: a public event engaging people to help prepare, cook and eat soup made from surplus food
  • Help to design short projects for Oxford University Careers Service Student Consultancy teams to undertake
  • Attend steering group meetings once per month
  • Contribute to relevant local food waste events.


Person specification

The successful applicant will have experience and skills in:


  • Organising community projects
  • Relationship management
  • Social media and press communication
  • Outreach to diverse and hard-to-reach communities
  • Developing strategy documents.


  • Identifying and making applications to new funding streams
  • Knowledge of Oxford’s organisations and community groups working with food surplus and those in food poverty
  • Enthusing, motivating and managing volunteers
  • Being self-employed (the successful applicant must be registered as self-employed. While this is not essential to be in place before the application, applicants must be able to demonstrate when they will be able to register themselves by).


Applicants will be scored against how they meet the above criteria – highest scoring applicants will be invited to an interview.



The successful applicant will report to a steering group made up of community organisation members. More regular support will be available from the Community Action Group Project Officer.



Initially 200 hours to be undertaken over a mutually agreed period (ideally between 2 to 4 months), but with the potential for additional hours by agreement and more work depending on the outcome of funding bids. The hours are flexible but will require some evening and weekend working.

The rate of pay is £11.00 per hour

Work to start in mid/late March 2013


Application process

Please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the essential and desirable person specifications and how you would want to spread out the initial 200 hours, to

If you have any questions please contact Peter Lefort on the above email or 07903037290.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 7 March

Interviews will take place in the evening on Wednesday 12 March

When delivering these services, the successful applicant will be treated as self-employed and will therefore take on responsibility for paying Income Tax and National Insurance contributions. We will make no deductions for these liabilities.

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