Plastic Campaign Officer

Website ZeroWasteAsia GAIA Asia Pacific


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 GAIA Asia Pacific Plastic Campaign Officer will provide leadership within the team for the coordination, implementation, management, and provision of support and services to plastics-related initiatives of members and partners in the AP region. You must have strong experience working with a movement and finding solutions with different stakeholders.  As the Plastic Officer, 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. 

Reporting: Working under the direction of the Deputy Director, the Plastic Officer will closely coordinate with the programs team, the finance team, and the global fundraising coordinator.

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

Compensation, and Work Environment: We offer a competitive salary plus benefits,  including a 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. We 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:

Campaigning (60%)

  • 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 training and other events, identifying and creating tools and resources, and working with different partners to increase the visibility of and support for grassroots work; 
  • Serving as a subject-matter expert and providing critical analyses through presentations, briefings, and statements in support of the campaign
  • Monitor key policy and investment developments in the region and coordinate feedback process for/from members,  partners, and the team  to respond to these developments;
  • Lead government, public, and private sector engagement to advance solutions;
  • Work with members and the regional communications and knowledge management team in shifting pro-plastic and pro-corporate narratives and hold manufacturers/corporations accountable for polluting the planet;
  • Work with the global policy team and other relevant workgroups in campaigning for a Global Plastics Treaty
  • Support the work of members on the reduction of plastic, elimination of pollution, and just transition of waste pickers by facilitating information and experience sharing, providing data and arguments, drafting documents, etc;
  • Ensure that efforts in the AP region are linked to parallel campaigns in other regions and subregions and are contributing towards shared goals to the reduction of the production of plastic, eliminating pollution, and promoting solutions;
  • Represent the region in relevant international policy and civil society spaces and build the capacity of members to participate in these spaces; 
  • Act as an expert resource for media and learning events to amplify campaign messages and policy recommendations to key stakeholders

Program management (20%)

  • Develop annual plans and budgets in coordination with teams and members;
  • Participate in team meetings and other relevant workgroups 
  • In coordination with the resource mobilization officer, provide inputs on the development of project proposals and in the identification of funding opportunities 
  • Ensure the effectiveness of projects and outputs in delivering the shared Network goals
  • Keep track of budget expenditures, risks, and partnership opportunities and communicate this with the team
  • Prepare accomplishment reports


  • With a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of five (5), years of relevant professional experience in resource mobilization and partnership is required.
  • Familiar with logical frameworks and other program development tools 
  • Demonstrated experience in managing external stakeholder relationships (e.g., donor and implementing partner relationships, or similar background);
  • Excellent business-oriented verbal, visual, and written communication
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude; remains calm, in control, and good-humored even under pressure
  • Demonstrated experience with navigating political and strategic discussions objectively and diplomatically;
  • Experienced in structuring and analyzing quantitative, financial models to inform decision-making
  • Ability to be on top of several ongoing projects simultaneously
  • Excellent communication, analytical, 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 providing 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.


Interested candidates should: 

  1. Send an updated resume and cover letter with your salary requirements and at least two professional references (one supervisor and one co-worker
  2. Attach 2 samples of project proposals you have written
  3. Email the required documents to with the subject line “Plastic Officer – YOUR NAME.” no later than September 4, 2022. 

The position will be open until filled; the first round of interviews will commence immediately. Only candidates continuing to the first round of interviews will be contacted. The successful candidate is expected to start work by September 2022. 

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