| May 23, 2024

Director of National Programmes in Sustainable Development | England

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  • Full Time
  • England


Plantworks (working title) is a new initiative designed to build a global action movement that will in turn accelerate the transition to a world with a more nutritious, sustainable, plant-rich food system. Their mission is to put the world on track for a more secure, healthy, and sustainable food system that is nature and climate-positive, through a radical shift to more plant-rich diets.

Targeting USD 500 million and backed initially by a significant investment, the organization will facilitate the movement, and regrant funds to partners.

You will be joining the organisation at an early stage of its inception – a fantastic opportunity to support the creation and initial strategies that will be rolled out across their six target regions of the world, working with local partners to impact projects directly, and funding strategic research projects to support the communication with key stakeholders globally.​

As the Director of National Programmes, you will lead efforts in advancing plant-rich diets and sustainable agriculture across multiple countries. The Director will oversee and guide Plantworks Country Leads in developing impactful theory of change models, strategic program development, and effective grantmaking strategies across the six key locations that Plantworks are focusing on.

In this role, you will:

  • Provide leadership and hands-on, practical management to Country Leads and program teams to develop innovative strategies for their individual geographies (Europe, UK, Brazil, South Africa, USA, SE Asia).
  • Support Country Leads with strategy development, including clear change theories illustrating pathways to impact.
  • Build the capacity of program teams through training, workshops, and knowledge sharing to enhance impact and effectiveness.
  • Oversee the grantmaking process, ensuring effective allocation of resources to programs that demonstrate potential for impact and scalability.
  • Work with Country Leads to meet with new and existing grantees and support them in grantmaking process.
  • Establish MEL frameworks and systems to track program impact, evaluate effectiveness, and inform adaptive management.​

You will bring:

  • Passionate commitment to environmental sustainability and climate action.
  • Visionary thinking with the ability to translate ideas into actionable programs and initiatives.
  • Collaborative and inclusive leadership style, with a strong commitment to team development and empowerment.
  • Adaptability and resilience in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Fluency in English (proficiency in other languages is an asset).​

Location and Travel:

  • This position is a remote role and can be located anywhere within a 2 hour time difference of the UK. The role will have frequent travel to support country programs and attend relevant meetings and conferences.

PlantWorks’ mission is to reduce meat consumption by shaping the choice context for consumers.

They will do this by shifting policy, establishing private sector champions, supporting farmers, and building a wider civil society movement that collectively makes it easier for consumers to choose healthy and sustainable food.​

If this sounds like your next role, please apply by contacting us at [email protected].

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About Acre

At Acre, we work with the most aspirational businesses with potential to make real change; from those who are just starting out to those who are well on the journey to crafting a legacy.

Our 20 years’ experience in sustainability recruitment, combined with our extensive global network, enables us to provide talent solutions that are designed to deliver this change. Through our unique behavioural assessment technology, we understand the types of people, skills and behaviours required to create impact. We can develop these qualities within your existing teams too.​

We find talented people and develop their skills to make a true impact in ambitious, progressive organisations. The result? Businesses equipped to build resilience, adapt and manage the risks involved in tackling climate change.​


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