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Job Title: Events and Engagement Intern – Food and Land Use Coalition
Location: London, United Kingdom
Sector: Non Profit
Experience: Mid Career
The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) is a coalition of 9 organizations and 5 country platforms working to urgently transform the way we produce, consume, and distribute food. FOLU has identified the UN Climate Conference hosted by the Egyptian Government in November 2022 (known as COP27) as one of several key moments to drive action on transforming food systems for climate, health, and nature. This internship presents a unique opportunity to contribute to FOLU’s presence and influence at COP27 as a co-host of the First Food Systems Pavilion.
The COPs (Conference of Parties) have been hosted by the UN for nearly three decades to bring together world leaders to act on climate change. In 2015 at COP21 the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees – was born. Under the Paris Agreement countries also commitment to set out national plans setting out how they would reduce emissions. COP26 was hosted by the UK Government and saw a range of commitments made to protect and restore nature, reducing deforestation and methane emissions. This year, at COP27, FOLU is calling for increased action from governments, businesses and civil society on food and land use systems to reach the Paris Agreement, improve global food security and resilience. In addition to formal negotiations, pavilions are spaces to host discussions and events with COP delegates and attendees. The Food Systems Pavilion will be the first pavilion to put food and the heart of climate negotiations and will be an inclusive events space to convene decision makers and key stakeholders and showcase solutions.
FOLU is looking for a motivated intern with an interest in environment, food, agriculture or international development, and working with diverse stakeholders and developing an ambitious events programme. Working within FOLU the Policy and International Engagement Team you will assist in creating event concept notes, speaker briefings and organise the event logistics. In this role you will help to plan and implement FOLU’s COP27 engagement strategy by coordinating members of the coalition (partner organisations, country platforms, FOLU Ambassadors and secretariat) and liaising with other pavilion co-hosts to schedule events and communicate FOLU’s key messages and priorities. Whilst COP27 will be taking place in November, you will be invaluable in shaping FOLU’s presence and impact at the conference.
The FOLU secretariat his hosted by WRI. This role will report to International Engagement Coordinator FOLU’s 5-person Policy and International Engagement Team work across three main policy areas – healthy and sustainable diets, regenerative agriculture, and sustainable supply chains – as well as with FOLU’s management, communications and knowledge generation teams. The Policy and International Engagement Team seek to influence key international moments and processes, advocate for FOLU’s transformation agenda with decision makers and amplify the work happening in FOLU countries.
Internship Learning Outcomes
The intern will gain experience in the following areas: Developing event concept notes and event programmes in line with FOLU’s priority themes for COP27.
Planning, logistics and event management
Establishing and maintaining relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders from business, academia, and civil society
Stakeholder coordination and event management in a cross-cultural setting
Communicating and synthesizing complex issues and perspectives
Expected Scope of Work:
Writing event summaries for FOLU events at the Food Systems Pavilion
Designing panel sessions including researching speakers, drafting event invitations, creating talking points and key messages for speakers
Creating and updating a ‘run of show’ database for all FOLU activities at COP27 including which partners will be in Egypt, for how long and what events they will be participating in
Organising COP27 briefing calls for FOLU Ambassadors including creating presentation slides and setting agendas
Support in organising FOLU Ambassador drinks reception and High-Level Reception (e.g. venue, catering quotes, writing guest lists and invitations, identifying key note speakers)
Joining co-host pavilion calls and contribute to discussions on logistics, programming and side event schedules
Support in managing the COP27 workplan, tracking timelines and progress against COP27 objectives
Knowledge of environment and development fields (such as climate change, health, nutrition, poverty)
Interest in FOLU’s mission
Capable of working in a team and being proactive
Previous events management experience will be an advantage
Good logistics skills
Good writing and editing skills and English language proficiency
Ability to present information in a clear and concise manner
Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
Proficient in Microsoft excel
Full time 8-week internship during summer 2022 (June/July to October)
Remote-based internship with the option to work in WRI London office
Deadline for applications: 28 June 2022.
The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) is a self-governed coalition of organisations and individuals working collaboratively to achieve a shared objective: the urgent transformation of food and land use systems to deliver a better future for people, nature and climate. FOLU supports science-based solutions and helps to build a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities to unlock collective, ambitious action. FOLU’s Growing Better report recommends an integrated reform agenda along ten critical transitions to deliver positive outcomes for environment, health, inclusive development and food security, ensuring food and land use systems support delivery of globally agreed sustainable development, climate and biodiversity goals. FOLU’s light-touch governance and adaptive management have enabled the FOLU community to grow and evolve since FOLU’s inception in 2017.
The Coalition’s collective leadership is provided by a Core Partners Group comprised of: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), EAT, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), SYSTEMIQ, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), and the World Resources Institute (WRI). Through the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium, FOLU has expert teams and networks in 18 countries, including the European Union. FABLE is a knowledge network that supports countries develop data and modelling infrastructure to promote ambitious, integrated strategies towards sustainable land use and food systems. FOLU country platforms are operating in: China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Colombia, with partner networks in Australia, the UK and the Nordic region. FOLU is coordinated by a Programme Office housed at the WRI London office.
World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.
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