Are you our new Head of International Policy?

Published January 18, 2018

EAT Foundation is a small organization with an outsized impact that is playing a central role in placing food, health and sustainability on the international agenda. We’re growing rapidly and we’re now looking for a Head of International Policy to drive our policy work in the international space.

As the Head of International Policy, you will be a global face for EAT, and an integral part of the EAT policy team. The policy team translates scientific knowledge to action through advancing integrated food systems policies at local, national and international levels; co-ordinates impactful programmes with civil society organisations, policymakers and global institutions; and informs EAT event content and strategy, including for the Stockholm Food Forum and regional events. In October 2017, EAT partnered with the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to organize the Asia-Pacific Food Forum, providing an ongoing regional focus to EAT’s activities which this position will now follow up on and extend, in addition to identifying high-level entry points for EAT’s agenda in other regions.

The successful candidate will have excellent oral and written English and be able to manage multiple projects and relationships with various degrees of complexity. The position will report to the Policy Director, with additional guidance from the Chief Strategy Officer, and will work directly with the Policy team- a Policy Coordinator, two Policy Officers and a Policy Intern.

Main responsibilities

· Develop and implement an organisational strategy for international political engagement, including identifying governments and regional and international processes to prioritise, and entry points to advance and embed EAT’s agenda with influential decision makers and institutions.

· Build and activate a network of policymakers to advance EAT’s international agenda, as well as building cross-sectoral relationships with researchers and representatives of the private sector.

· Promote EAT’s policy agenda in bi-lateral meetings and at international events, as well as leading the strategic preparation of senior EAT representatives at international policy events.

· Develop, edit and present materials such as proposals and policy briefs.

· Build external support and funding for EAT’s programmes and international activities.

Position qualifications

· Masters or professional degree in fields related to political economy, ideally with technical depth in an area of the food, health and sustainability nexus and an understanding of cross-disciplinary linkages. Strong academic records required.

· Minimum five years of relevant work experience, including working with governments, international policy institutions and involvement in international processes.

· Excellent English writing and editing skills.

· Strong organizational, teamwork, and interpersonal skills and a high working capacity.

· Self-reliant, problem solver, structured, disciplined and with an eye for details.

· Strong written, verbal communication and presentation skills, with the ability to provide relevant information to external and internal stakeholders.

· Passion for EAT’s mission.


Terms of Employment

The position is full-time. Start date is as early as possible. The position is based at EAT’s headquarters in Oslo. International travel will be required.

EAT can offer a rewarding, international, dynamic working environment and the opportunity to play a role in building a healthy, equitable and sustainable global food system.

EAT is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all employees.


About EAT

EAT is an international non-profit organization established by the Stordalen Foundation, Wellcome Trust and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The vision of EAT is a future where healthy and sustainable food is affordable, attractive and accessible to all.

EAT has rapidly grown since its inception in 2013 and has expanded its scope, reach and resources, building from a narrative-setting initiative, to a global platform catalyzing change, enabling cross-sectoral collaborations, initiating research, structuring programmatic work and fostering trust between stakeholders.


How to apply

Application deadline is February 25th, however we reserve the right to close the position before the deadline if a suitable candidate is found.

For additional information on the position, please contact Sudhvir Singh, Director of Policy: To apply, send CV, academic transcript, and cover letter in English to The cover letter should include examples of efforts to develop and advance a policy agenda with specific policy actors. Please mark the application clearly with “Head of International Policy.”