Our Asia Pacific office is looking for a focused and driven Plastics and Clean Production Campaigner who wants to strengthen the movement for environmental justice and Zero Waste, by working with members and partners in the region and beyond to bring systemic change to drastically reduce pollution – particularly plastic pollution – focusing on prevention rather than cure. This position will connect you with leading organizers and campaigners throughout the AP region and beyond and is an excellent opportunity for growth for both the right candidate and GAIA itself.
You believe in the power of grassroots organizing and envision yourself in a role that strengthens the work of community activists and connects them to a broader network.
You excel at organizing others and working collaboratively, and are adept at engaging with others remotely.
You are capable of running different tasks simultaneously and managing complex projects and events from start to finish with minimal supervision, and you have strong attention to detail.
You are adept at identifying challenges and opportunities and finding creative solutions. You know how to identify stakeholders and build a trustful relationship with them.
You are highly experienced and interested in policy work and in using policy as a tool to create meaningful change.
You take pride in representing your organization well and in making meaningful contributions in international campaign and policy spaces to advance environmental justice.
GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 organization and individuals in over 90 countries working for justice and a world without waste. We see waste, plastics, and their resulting pollution as symptoms of a larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we promote zero waste as a holistic solution and an economic shift toward justice and sustainability.
About the position
GAIA is building a long-term strategy to support pollution-reducing zero waste efforts in key locations particularly in the Asia Pacific region through: coordinated grassroots- and cities-led efforts to overhaul current waste management practices in select cities in AP; a collaborative global effort to hold polluters accountable for the pollution they cause, and to work towards a systemic shift to effect real change; and a broad communications campaign to drastically reduce plastic pollution.
For these strategies to succeed, you will organize and support strategic coordination between members and partners, build the capacity of grassroots groups to do effective on-the-ground organizing, ensure that efforts in the AP region are linked to other parallel campaigns in other regions, monitor and represent the region in relevant international policy spaces, provide support for previously-identified global and regional peaks, and track our collective progress toward our goals.
You will work in close collaboration with our Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator and the Break Free From Plastic Regional Communications Officer, as well as other GAIA staff situated throughout the world.
Organize and support strategic coordination between members and partners.
- Facilitate connections between members and partners in the AP region and beyond.
- Ensure that program and project deliverables are coordinated between involved players and executed timely and effectively.
- Organize convenings for leading organizations to share information and strategize together including ensuring that all logistics are executed smoothly.
- Develop and nurture potential partnerships.
Support the capacity-building of grassroots groups to do effective on-the-ground organizing.
- Coordinate relevant trainings for key project partners on topics such as campaigns and policy.
- Identify and help create tools and resources that will benefit local campaigns.
- Work with the team and members in increasing visibility of grassroots organizing by actively identifying and seeking out campaigns and victories that should be shared on our website, social media, and other internal/external platforms.
- Help manage systems for member support, drawing on resources in the network.
Ensure that efforts in the AP region are linked to parallel campaigns in other regions and are contributing towards shared goals to eliminate pollution.
- Coordinate and participate in regular conversations between leading organizations to discuss shared campaigns and learn from each other’s work.
- Ensure that AP groups are included in global activist spaces and informed about relevant developments that may affect local and regional campaigning.
Monitor and represent the region in relevant international policy spaces.
- Stay informed and participate in key international policy spaces such as the Basel/Rotterdam/Stockholm Conventions and coordinate feed-backing processes for/from members and partners.
- Represent the AP region in international meetings whenever possible.
- Provide regular updates to the GAIA team about relevant international policy and campaign developments.
Provide support for previously-identified global and regional peaks.
- Work with the Break Free From Plastic team in supporting the implementation of important campaign peaks.
Track our collective progress toward our goals
- Develop, track, and regularly aggregate results from GAIA’s regional work, network, and specific initiatives toward specific indicators of success.
- Solicit and help develop periodic reports as needed.
- Assess results to provide recommendations for future initiatives.
- Connect regularly with organizing partners around the country to ensure that we are hitting campaign goals.
- Work with other staff to develop campaign, communications and other materials.
- At least five years organizing or nonprofit experience preferably at the regional or international level.
- Familiarity with environmental justice principles and practices, especially in building relationships and collaboration with frontline communities and grassroots groups and other organizations.
- Proven experience in coordinating a regional or global campaign that involves working with multiple stakeholders.
- Demonstrated success in coordinating complex projects that may require multiple layers of consultation and tracking over time.
- Strong attention to detail and ability to manage complicated logistics and other high-level administrative tasks.
- Proven ability to work independently and use creative problem-solving skills in order to overcome obstacles and achieve goals, including work in a fast paced environment where projects may have quick turnaround times.
- Experience working with teams from diverse cultural backgrounds in a way that is sensitive to different communication styles and values community wisdom.
- Ability to use online platforms and ability to quickly learn new digital tools.
- Personable and enjoys interacting with people from different places.
- Willingness to travel internationally with frequency.
- Strong writing and presentation skills
- Ability to speak English fluently; knowledge of another regional language a plus.
- Experience with event coordination
- Strategic planning and facilitation skills
Location, Compensation and Work Environment:
The post is full-time, equivalent to 5 days a week for an initial one year term. This position will be based in GAIA’s Quezon City, Philippines office.
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.
Equal Employment Opportunity
GAIA is committed to the principle of Equal Employment Opportunity for all employees regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, educational background and any other characteristics unrelated to the performance of the job. People from historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send a cover letter with salary requirements, your resume with at least 3 references, and a sample communication letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Clean Production Campaigner – (your NAME).” No calls, please. Please send your application on or before August 31, 2018.