We are looking for a Regional Communications Officer who will be responsible for developing and implementing communication plans and strategies in the Asia Pacific region towards the achievement of the goals of the Break Free from Plastic Movement. Find out more about the BFFP here: https://breakfreefromplastic.org/.
The AP Regional Communication Officer will be responsible for calendarising, delivering, sharing and amplifying relevant communications output to target audiences to help ensure that the narrative of the Break Free from Plastic Movement is consistently pushed and promoted globally.
1. Develop communications strategies, plans and programs on plastics pollution and ensure their successful implementation in the region in coordination with the global coordination team, and the other Communication Officers in the network;
2. Craft audience- appropriate messaging, using appropriate tactics and platforms. Ensure coherence and consistency of messaging by Break Free allies and partners, based on agreed global communications strategy;
3. Develop, manage and maintain relationships with print, broadcast and online journalists, editors and other media decision–makers in their respective regions. Manage the database of these contacts and facilitate media requests with movement partners and resource persons;
4. Conceptualize, write, edit, produce and distribute Break Free materials for offline and online use by partners and allies in the region including press releases, briefing papers, reports, brochures, op-eds, articles, letters, videos, photo stories , memes, videos, infographics, etc. Coordinate lay-out, printing and publication of Break Free materials into high-quality creative and user friendly products.
5. Push stories from member organizations and help amplify these stories using various communication platforms. This includes organizing and implementing press events and activities, including necessary logistics for identified movement activities.
6. Contribute to building a strong, vibrant and engaging social media presence for the Break-Free from Plastic Movement;
7. Provide regular updates and media and audience related analysis for the Global coordinator and the Steering Committee.
8. Provide guidance and advise to partners and allies in the region towards aligning the communications strategies of movement members and partners on plastic pollution. Develop a community of practice around communications within the movement and build the communications capacity of movement partners and allies in the region via the provision of skill shares, trainings etc.; and
9. Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Regional Communications Officer based in Berkeley, California and the Global Coordinator.
• Strong writing and communication skills in English, with at least five-year experience in developing and implementing communications strategies and campaigns.
• A strong understanding and knowledge of Asia Pacific regional media, as well as key global media markets;
• Collaborative team‐player with strong interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated experience in working with people from different cultures and nationalities in the region;
• Demonstrated capacity for issue analysis, and strong writing and public speaking skills including advanced skills in communicating complex issues to the public;
• Highly computer literate, and experienced with new media technologies and social networking tools;
• Fluent in English (ability to speak or write in other regional languages a plus);
• Demonstrated ability to turn projects around in a timely manner, maintain attention to detail, and adhere to deadlines;
• Passion for social and environmental justice, and a commitment to communications strategies which elevate the work of our grassroots membership and create space for communities to speak for themselves;
• Willingness to travel internationally on a regular basis, and flexibility in working with international staff, including biweekly calls outside of regular work hours; and
• Bachelor’s degree in the field of communications or journalism or a related field.
GAIA is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other status protected by applicable law. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
Salary and benefits are competitive for a professional level position in a mid-sized social justice group based in the Philippines. Please send a brief cover letter with salary requirements, resume, at least 3 writing samples, and three to five references to jobs(at)no-burn.org with the subject line “BFFP Regional Communications Officer”. Applications will be considered as received, with a priority deadline of June 23, 2017.