Assistant Manager – Expo City Farm (Temporary Contract)

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Job Description

Department Definition

The Sustainability Division of Expo City Dubai has been tasked with the aim of developing, implementing, and assuring, against a range of sustainable initiatives towards a Net Zero 2030 Vision. Following on from the recent successes of Expo 2020, the team will play a fundamental part in the drive towards a fully sustainable city, working alongside key internal stakeholders and subject matter consultants. The planning and delivery of COP 28 did provide the team an opportunity to put new frameworks, guidelines, and reporting in place for 2023, whilst the adoption of a new long-term strategy will help to shape a roadmap for sustainable future of the Site and organisation. The Expo City Farm is a sustainable farm in the heart of Expo City Dubai that was launched during COP28 UAE. Expo City Farm has 7 unique features: – Outdoor Organic Farm – Biochar Plot – Indoor Hydroponics Vertical Farm – Mushroom Farm – Air to Water Technology – Workshops and talks space – Farm Café

Opportunity Responsibilities

The main responsibilities for this role include:

Operational Responsibilities:

  • Build new and maintain existing relationships with partners and stakeholders.
  • Manage the calendar and schedule of events, activities, educational initiatives at the farm.
  • Create new concepts for suitable events and activations at the farm.
  • Support the wider sustainability team with reporting, marketing, communications, data collection specifically when pertaining to the farm.
  • Oversee the daily operations of the farm, including all 7 components.
  • Develop educational content and activities for schools, corporates, and general visitors.
  • Implement the programmes developed fully from procuring the materials required, liaising with other departments to get schools and other participants, to the actual delivery and facilitation of the workshops.
  • Support with the delivery of events to be hosted at the farm.
  • Act as the point of contact for the operations teams for all key partners and ensure the smooth operations of all farm components.
  • Liaise with other Expo City Dubai functions to ensure smooth operations of the farm.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Flexibly jump between tasks and support other members of the team during time-sensitive critical deliveries.
  • Embody a culture of collaboration and transparency among direct team members and organisation-wide functions.
  • Proactively engage in knowledge sharing sessions to provide the team with the latest updates in the sustainability field.
  • Engage in relationship building activities to foster a synergistic environment within the team.
  • Work closely with line managers and senior leadership to establish open dialogue and identify opportunities for improvement.


4+ years of professional experience in sustainability and environmental education / awareness building / communication as well as:

  • A degree and/or post graduate education in environmental science, sustainable development, geography, environmental economics, public policy, engineering, science education or other relevant degree
  • Structured and analytical with strong problem-solving capabilities
  • Excellent ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and collaborate with other specialists and teams beyond core practice field
  • Strong planning and organisation skills
  • Creative, curious, and proactive in driving sustainability across the city
  • Superior written and spoken English, with attention to detail in required report writing and content development
  • Passionate about climate change, and progressing knowledge in the field
  • Ability to collaboratively work with internal team, and cross-cultural integration
  • Ability to communicate in written and spoken Arabic
  • Agriculture and food systems knowledge
  • Experience in sustainable farming
Dubai, UAE