GAIA Asia Pacific Deputy Director for Organizational Development

ZeroWasteAsia GAIA Asia Pacific

The Deputy Director for Organizational Development will work closely with the GAIA Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator in providing overall leadership and coordination to implement all programs and campaigns in the Asia Pacific region. You will lead organizational effectiveness by overseeing operational functions such as human resources, supervision of staff and consultants, finance and accounting, tools and information management, network management and membership engagement, and select programs. 

This is a position with significant professional growth and learning opportunities. You will be able to contribute significantly to mainstream Zero Waste solutions, support grassroots organizing, defeat dirty technologies such as “waste-to-energy” incineration, and drastically reduce plastic pollution in the Asia Pacific region.

This position reports to GAIA’s Asia Pacific Coordinator.

As the AP Deputy Director for Organizational Development, you will:

  • Work closely with the GAIA AP team and members in developing a shared critical analysis of key strategic opportunities and threats to our work in the region, and develop a shared framework for responding to these opportunities and threats collectively and proactively;
  • Supervise staff and ensure the successful delivery of program goals and targets in a timely manner;
  • Oversee the provision of membership support services and membership engagement, and work closely with the network development team in continually improving membership guidelines and services;
  • Oversee capacity-building and learning programs for staff and members in the region;
  • Ensure the compliance of the Asia Pacific office with all necessary registrations, both local/national and international;
  • Manage the HR lifecycle which includes planning, recruitment, personnel training, personnel tracking and evaluation, and professional development; 
  • Continuously improve operational systems, processes and policies, reporting, information management and sharing, and office guidelines;
  • Oversee the management of tools and information management services; and
  • Represent GAIA AP Pacific in crucial meetings and activities.

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

  • An excellent networker and organizer.  You are highly skilled in networking and organizing and are excited by the opportunity to increase member involvement and leadership, and support regional and sub-regional partnerships and cross-border solidarity.
  • A leader. You have the ability to inspire and motivate people. You are not afraid to lead but you also continuously create opportunities to build new leaders. You strive to always act with integrity, and you are patient and genuine in your words and actions.
  • Highly-skilled in coordination and management. You are deeply committed to equity and equality, inclusivity and diversity. You are consultative but also 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.
  • Goal-oriented but flexible. You don’t waver from achieving the larger mission, but you don’t forget the details either. While you make sure to keep an eye on the big picture, you are highly adaptable and can adjust to changing realities and situations easily. 
  • Solutions-oriented. You are not easily overwhelmed by setbacks and obstacles, you love thinking on your feet to create solutions and help your team overcome challenges, and you continually learn and adapt to motivate yourself and your team to win!
  • Experienced in organizational, financial, and administrative management. You are highly experienced in delivering administrative, organizational, and financial functions such as staff management, HR services, budget tracking & reporting and overall financial management, report-writing, and other related responsibilities.
  • Well-rounded and confident. You have facilitation, writing, public speaking, negotiation and mediation, and other skills that are useful to coordinate a large, multi-country network. You are not afraid of speaking out, especially in high-level meetings, and can hold your own in stressful and crucial discourses. 


  • At least five (5) years of experience in a coordination or management role, including campaign and project management, preferably with an international non-profit/people’s organization or network; 
  • Strategic thinker with demonstrated skill in analyzing political, environmental, and social trends in the region, and developing programs and campaigns that are multi-faceted and decentralized;
  • Demonstrable experience in program and project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, documentation and reporting, and delivering key goals and targets in a timely manner;
  • Familiarity with environmental justice values and principles, and a commitment to supporting and collaborating with frontline and grassroots communities and organizations;
  • Highly-skilled in recruitment and staff training, staff supervision and management, and managing staff in a high-pressure and constantly-evolving environment;
  • Highly-skilled in facilitation and group processes such as staff, project and partner meetings, webinars, planning and evaluation methods, and the like; 
  • 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 public opinion;
  • Highly-computer literate, comfortable with new media technologies, and able to use and learn communication tools;
  • Experienced in organizing events for different stakeholders preferably in an international setting; and
  • Willing to travel on a regular basis locally and abroad.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of or familiarity with Zero Waste, waste management, energy, plastics, and climate issues;
  • Research experience and skilled in facilitating research process; 
  • Knowledge of another regional language; and
  • Familiar with the local and regional media landscape.

Location, Compensation, and Work Environment:

This post is full-time and equivalent to 5 days a week for an initial one-year term.  This post is open to ALL ASIA PACIFIC NATIONALS and location will depend 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.


We are committed to equal employment opportunity principles and to providing 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. People from historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply: 


  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. The deadline for submission is on January 31, 2022, but consider applying ASAP. Qualified applicants will be screened and shortlisted immediately, and the position may close before the deadline.

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