Role Closes: is 11.59 pm BST, 4 October 2021
Location: London, UK.  22 - 26 Paul Street, EC2A 4QE
Forum employees are currently working remotely; once the offices re-open, we will return to working from our London, UK office, however, there is a possibility for this role to be fully remote, subject to negotiation.
Candidates must have a valid right to work in the UK.
Salary: £27,600 inclusive of London Weighting allowance (per annum pro rata)
Benefits: various opportunities for flexible working, generous time off policies, and other sector-competitive benefits.

About Forum for the Future
Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit. For 25 years we’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the transformation toward a just and regenerative future.
We use our systems change and futures expertise to help tackle critical global challenges: the climate emergency, transforming our food and farming systems, and ensuring supply chains are more resilient and more equitable. We also enable long-term, transformative change by equipping individuals and organisations to act more systemically. You can read more about our work here.

About the team
This post sits within the UK & Europe team and supports our 1-2-1 transformational strategy work, our multi-stakeholder collaborations, and equipping partners with systems change skills to help navigate change. We operate a matrix structure, so the post will work across this, including possibly with other Forum teams internationally.
Within our 1-2-1 transformational strategy work we help ambitious organisations to understand the opportunities, and then how to unlock them. As a non-profit, we offer a distinctive approach to strategy development: Leveraging our role as a trusted ‘critical friend’ and deploying our strengths in applied futures and systems thinking to navigate complex sustainable development challenges. At Forum, we have a long track record of partnering with pioneering organisations to understand the sustainability challenges they face, their root causes, and their implications. As a result, we advise on a strategy that has truly systemic potential.
One thing we've learned over the years is that complex, interconnected challenges like poverty, water scarcity and climate change must be tackled systemically – and that's only possible when the 'unusual suspects' work together to solve common problems. As a convener, dialogue instigator and guide to practical solutions, we identify and assemble multi-stakeholder collaborations from right across the value chain and develop focus areas where they can collaborate to transform not only their own operations, but entire systems.
We equip people with systems change practices through our projects, partnerships, and Network, and the School of System Change. We are building a future that’s better for everyone, not just the few – and we do that by increasing people’s capacity to create change within their organisations, their communities and their lives.

About the role
Your role will focus on working closely with a variety of project teams across our UK/Europe region to provide effective project support. Working particularly alongside the team’s Project Managers, you will support the delivery of ambitious system change projects across Forum’s workstreams: thematic areas of work including the Climate Emergency, Value Chains and Livelihoods, and Sustainable Nutrition.
Coordinate and provide direct project support across Forum’s programmes of work alongside other admin functions in the UK/Europe team.
  • Support the delivery and management of Forum’s systems change projects across the UK/Europe team, including international projects managed from the UK/EUR team
  • Provide project support on large projects and project manage a number of small projects
  • Assist with project budget performance reporting, including tracking time and costs against budgets, grant/proposal writing and auditing
  • Organise effective project team meetings, track agendas and actions
  • Organise project stakeholder workshops, meetings and interviews, including managing invitations, travel, venues, facilitation and write-ups and contribute to workshop design and delivery where appropriate

    About you
    You enjoy working with people from different cultures and across geographies and your preferred ways of working are embodied by Forum’s values.
    To thrive in this role you will have:
    • Excellent organisational skills and successful experience of prioritising a large and diverse range of tasks and managing complex flows of information 
    • High level of attention to detail & communication skills
    • Excellent working knowledge of MS office, Google Suite, video conferencing platforms (e.g. Zoom, Teams), and relevant knowledge management databases (e.g. Dropbox) 
    • Research and analysis skills 
    • A commitment to the Forum for the Future culture, values and a sustainable future
    • Personal resilience and adaptability in the face of uncertainty and complexity
    • Self-reflective, with a commitment to continual learning and development
    • A team player – able to work effectively across a matrixed structure and across geographies
    • Proactive – able to work independently

    Our work environment

    We believe in being courageous, adaptive, inquisitive, respectful, empathetic and playful. You can read more about our organisational values here. These values help build our common culture, shape our shared purpose and guide us in all actions and decisions.  We are inspired by the world in which we live and those with whom we share it and seek to act justly in all we do.

    We enjoy working in teams, collaborating, and learning from each other. We are a dynamic, flexible and supportive team of people who care about each other’s wellbeing and the world around us. 

    At Forum, we aspire to foster positive team spirit and to provide the best possible working environment for all our staff; one that is based on the highest standards of ethics, honesty, integrity, openness and transparency. 

    We are an inclusive organisation that encourages applications from across our diverse communities. We’re committed to building a team of capable and thriving people from all walks of life.

    If this role interests and excites you, we would love to hear from you.  Where you do not meet all of the requirements outlined in the job description, but still believe you have the right mix of skills and experience to thrive in this role and further Forum’s ambitious goals for change, we encourage you to apply.

    In return, we offer a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of systems thinking and change making. We work as a close knit, dynamic, and supportive team. We offer various opportunities for flexible working to help you manage your work life balance.

    Together we can reinvent the way the world works.


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    Application deadline is 11.59 pm BST, 4 October 2021
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    Some of the personal data you provide to Applied when you apply for a role with Forum for the Future will be passed on to us for the purposes of (a) reviewing your application; (b) inviting you for interview; and/or (c) offering you a job and getting you set up as an employee. For full details on how we collect and use your personal data please visit our privacy notice here.
    If your application is not successful, any personal data provided to us by Applied (including any personal data relating to equal opportunities monitoring as set out above) will be retained by Forum for the Future for no longer than 12 months after the application deadline has passed, at which point your personal data will be securely deleted. We only keep your information for that period in order to allow us to comply with relevant legal obligations.
    Equal Opportunities
    Forum for the Future wholeheartedly supports the principle of equal opportunities in employment. We promote and support equality, diversity and inclusion both in our own workplace and through our work with our partners and the wider public.  We actively support and promote diversity as an essential component of sustainability, and as a key element of our organisational values.  We oppose all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, caste, religion or belief. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, including those who identify as disabled, LGBTQ, ethnic minorities, and come from diverse social and educational backgrounds.