The Asia Pacific Plastics Campaigner will provide leadership within the GAIA AP team for the coordination, implementation, management, and provision of support and services to plastics-related initiatives of members and partners in the AP region. As the Plastics Campaigner, you will have an excellent opportunity to build learning and sharing opportunities between organizers, campaigners and frontline communities experiencing plastic pollution throughout the AP region and beyond. You will be in an excellent position to strengthen the movement for environmental justice and Zero Waste, and create systemic change to drastically reduce pollution – particularly plastic pollution – focusing on prevention rather than cure. 

The AP Plastics Campaigner reports to GAIA AP’s Program Coordinator. 

As the Plastics Campaigner, you will:

  • Organize and support strategic coordination between members and partners in the Asia Pacific region and beyond, and coordinate multi-country initiatives that aim to drastically reduce plastic pollution and dumping in the region as well as promote and highlight solutions;
  • Support the capacity-building of grassroots groups to do effective on-the-ground organizing and campaigning by (among others) supporting the development of local/national policy and advocacy work, coordinating trainings and other events, identifying and creating tools and resources, and working with different partners to increase visibility of and support for grassroots work; 
  • Ensure that efforts in the AP region are linked to parallel campaigns in other regions and subregions and are contributing towards shared goals to eliminate pollution and promote solutions;
  • Monitor key developments in the region and coordinate feedback process for/from members and partners to respond to these developments;
  • Lead government, public and private sector engagement to advance solutions;
  • Work with members and the regional communications team in shifting pro-plastic and pro-corporate narratives and hold manufacturers/corporations accountable for polluting the planet;
  • Represent the region in relevant international policy spaces, and build the capacity of members to participate in these spaces; and
  • Track collective progress towards shared team goals.

You are the best candidate for this post because you are: 

  • Highly-skilled in building and managing relationships. You love working with people from different backgrounds, and are committed to nurturing and building relationships and partnerships. You value the importance of good partnerships and are adept at creating linkages and making connections, particularly between sectors of society that do not have access to information and resources, and those that are able to provide these resources.
  • Highly-skilled in coordination and organizing. You are deeply committed to equity and equality, inclusivity and diversity. You believe in the power and importance of frontline and grassroots communities, and are experienced in and committed to elevating their voices to contribute to the global discourse against plastic pollution. You cherish being in a role that strengthens the work of community activists and connects them to a broader network. 
  • An excellent global/local campaigner. You take pride in your ability to lead winning campaigns and have the credentials to prove it. You understand the integral relationship between local and global campaign and advocacy efforts, and you are adept at making, articulating and leveraging these connections. 
  • Highly-organized. You excel at organizing 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.
  • Solutions-oriented. You are adept at identifying challenges and opportunities and finding creative solutions. You are skilled in identifying and working with different stakeholders, and in building trustful and respectful relationships with them. 
  • Skilled in policy and advocacy work. 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least three (3) years of program/project/campaign coordination experience in a non-profit or people’s organization or network preferably at the regional or international level;
  • Proven experience in coordinating a regional or global campaign that involves working with multiple stakeholders and requiring multiple layers of consultation and tracking over time;
  • Familiarity with environmental justice principles and practices, especially in building relationships and collaboration with frontline communities and grassroots groups and other organizations;
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage complicated program, project, 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;
  • Fluent in verbal and written English and able to use online platforms and quickly learn new digital tools; and
  • Willing to travel with frequency.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Knowledge of or familiarity with Zero Waste, waste management, energy, plastics and climate issues;
  • Strong writing and presentation skills;
  • Knowledge of another regional language;
  • Experience with event coordination; and
  • Familiar with local and regional media landscape.

Location, Compensation and Work Environment:

This is a project position but full-time, equivalent to 5 days a week for an initial one-year term.  This position is open to ALL ASIA PACIFIC NATIONALS, and location is dependent on where the successful candidate resides.

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:

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, faith, age, physical ability, or any other status unrelated to the performance of the job. People from historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please send the following to jobs@no-burn.org with the subject line “POSITION YOU’RE APPLYING FOR – (YOUR NAME)”. APPLICATIONS WITH INCOMPLETE DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.

  1. Updated resume and cover letter with your salary requirements;
  2. 2-3 references (IMPORTANT: 2 of your references must be your immediate supervisor or manager, or colleagues who worked closely with you in recent programs/projects/campaigns);
  3. At least 2 writing samples or references/links to programs/projects you led or spearheaded.

No calls, please. Deadline of submission is on August 7, 2020, but consider applying ASAP. Qualified applicants will be screened and shortlisted immediately, and the position may close before the deadline.