Regional Capacity Building and Training Officer

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Nothing and no one should be disposable


GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, zero waste world built on respect for ecological limits and community rights, where people are free from the burden of toxic pollution, and resources are sustainably conserved, not burned or dumped.  We recognize that our planet’s finite resources, fragile biosphere, and the health of people and other living beings are endangered by polluting and inefficient production practices, and health-threatening disposal methods. Because of this, we oppose incinerators, landfills, and other end-of-pipe interventions. Our goal is clean production and the creation of a closed-loop, materials-efficient economy where all products are reused, repaired, or recycled.


The Capacity Building Officer will provide the overall support for training and communication to network members, collaborators, stakeholders and staff with regard to Zero Waste implementation, plastics reduction, anti-incineration, waste workers rights, financing and organizational development. This will include designing and providing training to its network members,  local government waste managers, and communities affected by incinerators and plastics pollution.

Reporting: Working under the direction of the Organizational Development (OD) and Human Resource (HR) Manager, the Regional Capacity Building Officer will closely coordinate with the program team. The officer will be part of the regional support program team headed by the OD and HR Manager. The officer will have the opportunity to work and learn with other units in our global network.

Duration: This is a full-time position subject to a probationary period. It is open to individuals based in the Asia Pacific region. The Officer will be working remotely.

Compensation, and Work Environment: We offer a competitive salary plus benefits,  including healthcare package, paid vacation and sick leaves, and other similar employment protections. We take pride in our ability to support one another’s work in an atmosphere of mutual trust, transparency, and respect, and look forward to introducing the successful candidate to our welcoming and highly motivated team and members.

Responsibilities: The scope of the position includes but is not limited to the following responsibilities:

1. Curriculum Development

  • Develop curriculums and design training modules and identify learning approaches to meet the learning objectives of target participants based on the needs of the programs in coordination with program leads, members and/or consultants
  • Build a  knowledge management system  in coordination with program officers—especially on data and information management— which can be transformed into various training materials (i.e. presentation slides, reports, articles, etc)
  • Lead coordination with and management of external consultants for materials development (e.g. presentation slides, training tools, video production), as needed

2. Training Management

  • Identify and meet training requirements  with program leads and collaborators
  • Lead in inviting participants, speakers and suppliers
  • Help maintain a database of trainers and other resource persons
  • Develop Term of References (TORs) and contracts for collaborators, speakers, suppliers, and/or consultants
  • Where necessary, identify and manage consultants to provide technical and institutional support for the requirements of the capacity-building activities including conferences,  learning tours, among others

3. Program Management

  • Coordinate with program leads, collaborators, members, local government, and other stakeholders
    Prepare annual program reports and project reports
  • Ensure training and communication to the participating communities are undertaken in respect of planned activities and project deliverables
  • Collaborate with the program team, project management lead, and OD and HR lead in the preparation of annual work plans and budgets ensuring that they reflect all relevant capacity-building aspects for campaigns, projects, and staff development
  • Perform any other tasks related to capacity building, planning and implementation


  • The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, and 3+ years working on program management, curriculum development and training management for staff, community organizations, policymakers, and other stakeholders
  • Understand the waste, environment, climate  and policy issues at local, national and regional levels
  • Ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Have knowledge of digital tools and office applications for learning engagement
  • Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Excellent communication, facilitation, listening and report writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills including demonstrated communication and project management skills
  • Passion for social and environmental justice


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.


Position open until filled. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, current resume, and list of two professional references (one supervisor and one co-worker) to with the subject line “Capacity Building and Training Officer Asia Pacific – YOUR NAME.” The position will be open until July 15, 2022.  The round of interviews will commence immediately. The successful candidate is expected to start work immediately.

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