Southeast Asia Program Coordinator

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives/Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance (GAIA) is a growing global alliance of over 800 members in 90 countries. GAIA was founded in 2000 in South Africa, and brings together grassroots organizations that are fighting for environmental justice, waging and winning campaigns against multimillion dollar waste corporations, taking on the corporate-driven “take-make-waste” model that is destroying our planet, and advancing bottom-up solutions that are good for communities, workers, the environment, and the climate.

We are looking for a creative, independent and goal-oriented SEA Program Coordinator who can provide campaigning leadership in the Southeast Asia Region and work with members to set a critical path for current and future work.  The successful candidate will be an effective campaigner, networker and organizer who can advance GAIA’s goals and campaigns for zero waste and against incineration, by helping develop and implement its program and strategies in Asia Pacific as part of the regional team, and serving as focal point for supporting and linking work in the regional office’s home base (Philippines).

GAIA’s work is highly collaborative, and thus this position is expected to be pursued with a high degree of consultation and coordination with other GAIA staff particularly those in the Asia Pacific team, and GAIA members and partners.  As with most GAIA positions, this position will also include some international programs support.  The Program Coordinator will be part of GAIA’s international coordination team, which includes people based in Chile, the Philippines, India, US, the UK and Belgium. This post reports to the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator and Asia-Pacific Managing Director.

The Program Coordinator will work with team members in the region and other parts of the world to perform these responsibilities:
1.  Participate actively in developing and implementing the Asia Pacific program which includes coordinating and supporting campaigns relevant to GAIA’s goals and strategies, and providing support services to members and partners in the region.

2.    Lead in defining development and implementation of GAIA’s work in the regional home base (Philippines).

3.    Develop and maintain support work for the cluster of developed countries in South East Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Brunei, East Timor).

4.    Support the development and implementation of a regional communications strategy, capacity building program, and other services for members and partners in the region.

5.    Assist the regional coordinator as may be required in implementing regional strategies, and coordinating and supporting members and partners in the region.

The SEA Program Coordinator will also participate in GAIA’s international list serves, international campaigns, and strategy-setting conversations that support global alliance building, in collaboration with the network’s international Coordination Team and membership.

•    At least three (3) years of successful experience in a coordination and campaigning capacity with a community-based organization, a people’s movement organization, environmental justice organization, or environmental organization.
(Experience in international work is preferred).

•    Strategic thinker, with demonstrated skill in analyzing political, environmental, and social trends in the region, and developing campaigns that are multi-faceted and decentralized. Able to successfully direct a campaign, program and/or a project from conception to completion.

•    Familiarity with environmental justice principles and practices, especially in building relationships and collaboration with frontline communities and grassroots groups and other organizations.

•    Proven campaigning experience (expertise in environmental justice, waste, pollution, or climate issues preferred but not required).

•    Excellent networking skills and proven track record in uniting diverse opinions and teams around a common agenda and plan. Demonstrated experience in working with people from different cultures and nationalities in a way that facilitates conflict resolution and values community wisdom.

•    Commitment to grassroots social change, environmental and social justice.

The SEA Program Coordinator will preferably be based in GAIA’s Quezon City, Philippines office. This position requires an initial commitment of at least one year.  Willingness to travel internationally and locally with frequency is required.  This is a full-time position working 5 days a week.

We offer a competitive salary plus benefits, including health insurance, vacation, maternity/paternity leave, and other similar employment protection. We take pride in our ability to support one another’s work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and look forward to introducing the successful candidate to our welcoming and highly motivated team and members.

GAIA is committed to the principle of Equal Employment Opportunity for all employees, regardless of sex, marital status, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation and any other characteristics unrelated to the performance of the job. People from historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please send a brief cover letter and your resume, with at least 3 references and salary requirements to jobs(at) with the subject line “SEA Program Coordinator.” No calls, please.  Please send your application on or before March 25, 2017.