Programme Officer

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

Location The Peak, 5 Wilton Road London SW1V 1AP with flexibility to work from home
Salary £28,350 FTE (this role can be 3, 4 or 5 days per week depending on experience and ability)
  • Closing: 9:21am, 13th Dec 2022 GMT

Job Description

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts are a group of over 17 grant-making charitable trusts and charitable bodies, including Ashden Climate Solutions. Ashden's mission is to accelerate transformative climate solutions and build a more just world. Our awards, events, networks and analysis support climate innovation in the UK and developing countries around the world.

We are helping UK schools radically lower their emissions (and their energy bills too). We are helping climate innovators withstand the coronavirus pandemic, and power the green recovery. And we are taking on the global cooling challenge, a neglected climate battle.

Job purpose:

To support Ashden's Let’s Go Zero campaign, help to deliver the annual OVO Let’s Go Zero Nature Prize and support the team with the OVO staff engagement programme.

Duties and key responsibilities

Let’s Go Zero campaign

  • Support the Let’s Go Zero team to grow and develop the campaign.

  • Carry out specific pieces of desk research to support the campaign and our wider school decarbonisation programme.

  • Usage of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to record all stages of the campaign engagement process.

  • Liaising with schools interested in the campaign, including encouraging them to sign up.

  • Occasionally, write articles and blogs to support the growth of the campaign and share case studies of school action.

  • Represent Ashden at relevant external events.

OVO Let’s Go Zero Nature Prize

  • Support the design and roll out of the annual OVO Let’s Go Zero Nature Prize.

  • Work with internal and external partners to disseminate the Prize call for entries.

  • Assisting delivery and facilitation of the Prize selection and judging process.

  • Support the Let’s Go Zero team in showcasing the prize winners’ work.

OVO Staff Engagement

  • Assisting delivery and facilitation of Let’s Go Zero in-person and online events for OVO staff.

  • Co-authoring of blogs, tools and resources for OVO staff communications.

  • To support the Schools Programme Manager in showcasing our partnership with OVO.

Person Specification


  • Experience of working in a team.

  • Proven experience of organising events and workshops.

  • Desk-based research skills.

  • Knowledge of a range of IT systems, including Microsoft Office, Dynamics, Teams and Sharepoint.


  • Persuasive communicator who can convey complex and technical information to a wide range of audiences quickly and effectively.

  • Highly organised.

  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise.

  • Strong networker.



  • Excellent IT skills, with the ability to quickly grasp new systems/platforms.

  • Knowledge of, or a proven interest in climate action and education.

  • Fluent English.


  • Project management.

  • Lived experience of education in less advantaged areas of the UK.

  • Welsh speaker.


  • Able to work some evenings, weekend and out-of-hours from time to time and travel within UK

  • Active and self-led learner who keeps abreast of developments.

  • Enjoys working in a complex environment.

  • Works well in a team with a flexible approach to work.

  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and equal opportunities. An ability to apply awareness of diversity issues to all areas of work.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

We use Applied to help overcome unconscious bias in recruiting. Instead of using your CV alone, we'll be asking you to answer questions to test skills needed for the role. The responses are then anonymised, chunked, randomised and reviewed by team members. The Applied platform also asks some demographic questions before you start your application. We never see the responses to these demographic questions with your application. We only see summary statistics to help us check if our candidate pool is balanced and if everyone has an equal chance to get hired irrespective of their background. If you prefer, you can easily opt out of answering these questions.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Tue 13th Dec 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Tue 13th Dec 2022