Job Advertisement: Africa Member Support Program Coordinator (MSPC)
GAIA is a worldwide alliance of grassroots organisations and national alliances in over 90 countries working for
justice and a world without waste. We see waste, plastics, and their resulting pollution as a symptom of a
larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we promote zero waste as a holistic solution that supports an
economic shift toward justice and sustainability. 43 organisations are GAIA members in Africa, from 19
The #breakfreefromplastic (BFFP) Movement is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic
pollution. Since its launch in 2016, more than 11,000 organisations and individual supporters from across the
world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting
solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. BFFP member organisations and individuals share the common values
of environmental protection and social justice, and work together through a holistic approach in order to bring
about systemic change under the #breakfreefromplastic core pillars. This means tackling plastic pollution
across the whole plastics value chain – from extraction to disposal – focusing on prevention rather than cure
and providing effective solutions.
GAIA is a founding member of BFFP, and hosts its organising staff in most regions of the world. In Africa, both
global movements are regionally hosted by groundWork, a GAIA founding member based in South Africa.
The Africa Member Support Program Coordinator (MSPC) will provide project management and technical
support for zero waste and plastic related initiatives with member organisations of GAIA and BFFP in the
African region, ensuring that these initiatives are highlighted beyond the region and that they contribute to
larger plastic reduction and zero waste goals globally. As the MSPC, you will implement a collaborative
grant-making program and manage key projects and campaigns in the African region, as well as support the
coordination of the African network.
Job role and responsibilities
In collaboration with other members of the GAIA/BFFP Africa team, the MSPC will contribute to the
development and implementation of regional (Africa) strategies and goals to promote solutions for plastic
- Support, manage and coordinate plastics and zero waste solutions related initiatives and projects in
- Manage a grant program in support of these initiatives and projects in 8-10 African countries; –
including coordinating with the organisations receiving funds, providing technical support for project
implementation (drawing on independent research as well as GAIA and BFFP network resources), and
developing comprehensive reports on multi-project outcomes.
- Contribute to the development of research and science-based publications being developed
regionally and globally.
- Support cross-regional collaboration on project implementation and multi-country campaigns on zero
waste and plastics policy.
- Represent the Africa team in key meetings and activities within the region;
- Work with the regional team to identify and implement capacity-building strategies and provide
learning opportunities to members; so that they are better equipped to run relevant projects and
campaigns, and to represent their sectors/organisations effectively in various spaces;
- Support the organising and mobilisation of country alliances in support of the movement’s strategic
goals and objectives;
- Support the advancement of membership growth and engagement in the region in the course of
providing campaign support to various groups;
- Actively participate in BFFP and GAIA team meetings and contribute to global and regional processes.
You are the best candidate for this post because you are:
- Highly-skilled in coordination: You are deeply committed to equity and equality, inclusivity and
diversity. You are both consultative and decisive; you appreciate the importance of consultations but
can also make quick decisions when necessary. You love building and nurturing relationships, and
take great care in making members and partners feel valued and respected.
- Highly-skilled in program/campaign management and implementation: You have proven experience in
developing, implementing, evaluating and improving campaigns, programs,projects and all related
activities. You are organised and disciplined with your time, know how to prioritise and can be
depended upon to deliver results in a timely manner.
- A global/local campaigner: You thoroughly understand that local pollution-reduction and advocacy
efforts can contribute to changing the global campaign and discourse on plastic pollution, and vice
versa, and you are adept at making and articulating these connections.
- Solutions-oriented: You are not easily overwhelmed by setbacks and obstacles, you love thinking on
your feet to develop solutions and help your team overcome challenges, and you continually learn and
adapt to motivate yourself and your team to win!
- Well-rounded and a team-player: You have facilitation, writing, public-speaking, negotiation and
mediation, and other skills. You value the importance of working with team members and partners to
accomplish targets and goals.
- Patient and respectful: You value people’s inputs and expertise, and are respectful in dealing with
people from all walks of life and from different backgrounds. You respect and recognise expertise and
knowledge coming from different members of the community, and value the importance of bringing
different perspectives together.
- Trustworthy: You are self-motivated and can be depended upon to deliver targets and goals in a
timely manner. You take pride in your ability to honor commitments.
- At least three (3) years of experience in a coordination, campaigning and/or management role,
preferably with an international non-profit/people’s organisation or network.
- Knowledge of and familiarity with zero waste, waste management, energy, plastics and climate
- Demonstrable experience in all aspects of program and project implementation including
conceptualisation and delivery of key target goals, monitoring and evaluation, documentation and
reporting, and other related tasks;
- Familiarity with environmental justice values and principles, and experience in supporting and
collaborating with frontline and grassroots communities and organisations;
- Proven ability to work independently and use creative problem-solving skills to overcome obstacles
and achieve goals;
- Fluent in English, with strong writing and public-speaking skills and the ability to transform complex
and technical information into digestible, relatable and simple messages to inform and influence
- Highly-computer literate, comfortable with new media technologies and able to use and learn
- Willing to travel on a regular basis locally and internationally (once COVID-19 safety protocols allow);
- Ability to occasionally work outside usual office hours to accommodate working with a global team.
- Familiar with grantmaking or grants management, with experience in fundraising from international
development funds, foreign private foundations and donors;
- Familiar with budget management/reporting.
- Fluency of another regional language.
- Familiar with local and regional political landscape.
- Highly-skilled in facilitation and group processes such as project and partner meetings, webinars,
planning and evaluation processes, and the like;
- Experienced in organising events for different stakeholders such as government offices and
agencies, media institutions, private sector and others;
Location, Compensation and Work Environment:
This is a full time project position, and equivalent to 5 days a week. The position will ideally be based in
Durban, South Africa but consideration for a remote role will be given to the right candidates and therefore the
position is open to all nationalities from the African region.
We offer a competitive salary plus benefits, including a contribution towards 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:
We are committed to equal employment opportunity principles and to provide all employees with a safe work
environment free from discrimination and harassment. We welcome you regardless of your gender identity,
sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, physical ability, or any other status unrelated to the performance of
the job. Candidates from historically disadvantaged or marginalised groups are strongly encouraged to apply
for this post, and will be preferred.
Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Member Support Program Coordinator –
(YOUR NAME)”. APPLICATIONS WITH INCOMPLETE DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.
Updated resume and cover letter;
2-3 references (IMPORTANT: 2 of your references must be your immediate supervisors or managers, or
colleagues who worked closely with you in recent programs/projects/campaigns);
At least 2 writing samples or references/links to programs/projects you led or spearheaded
No calls, please. Consider applying ASAP. Qualified applicants will be screened and shortlisted immediately.
Applications will remain open until filled. We will start reviewing applications on 01 March 2021