The Zero Waste Cities Program Officer will lead and oversee the advancement of Zero Waste solutions across the Asia Pacific region, and work with members and partners in the region to highlight and mainstream Zero Waste solutions to transform Asian cities and communities.

This position reports to GAIA AP’s Program Coordinator.

As the ZW Cities Program Officer, you will:

  • Coordinate GAIA’s Zero Waste work in the Asia Pacific region, and lead in implementing cohesive, inclusive, pro-active and collaborative strategies that will advance Zero Waste solutions in the region;
  • Support the implementation of ongoing Zero Waste projects and campaigns, particularly ongoing work on plastics reduction and Zero Waste cities;
  • Highlight the important role of waste workers, and campaign for worker recognition, provision of social services to workers, and inclusion of waste workers in waste management systems as partners, service providers and participants in decision-making bodies;
  • Manage and expand the regional network of ZW cities, and use the platform to provide support and encouragement to other cities in the region to adopt ZW;
  • Oversee the research, data building and analysis, consultations and related activities to develop an inclusive and holistic ZW Islands framework;
  • Oversee the development and translation of ZW-related infographics, papers, researches, factsheets and other materials;
  • Organize the annual ZW Academy training, and manage the ZW academy graduates’ network;
  • Popularize ZW strategies across the region such as but not limited to, organics management, plastic reduction and plastic bans, waste reduction, and policy development to adopt ZW initiatives; and
  • Participate actively in developing and implementing the Asia Pacific program and in providing support services to members and partners in the region.

As the ZW Cities Program Officer, you are:

  • Committed to environmental justice values and principles. You are a firm believer that no community is disposable and that every member of any community has an inviolable right to live in a toxic-free and pollution-free environment.
  • A fearless campaigner. You are determined and unwavering in your conviction that the protection of public health and the environment should be a priority for governments. You are confident about building and presenting fact-based and science-based information and can hold your own in high-level discourses and engage successfully with multiple stakeholders.
  • Highly skilled in program and project implementation. You are well-versed in the entire lifecycle of program and project implementation, from conception to closure. You take pride in your ability to get things done effectively and in a timely manner. You can work well on your own and with a team.
  • Skilled in coordination and managing relationships. You love working with people from different backgrounds and are skilled in nurturing and building relationships and partnerships. You place a high value on the different skills and expertise that people can bring to the table, and are able to leverage these respectfully and collaboratively.
  • A true believer of Zero Waste principles. You believe that Zero Waste is sustainable, realistic, practical and doable, and you are excited about the opportunities that ZW presents to create jobs and livelihood opportunities, build and strengthen local economies, strengthen local leadership, build and keep power in communities, among others.


  • At least three (3) years of experience in a coordination and campaigning capacity with a community-based, organization, a people’s movement organization, environmental justice organization, or environmental organization, preferably in an international setting;
  • Strategic thinker, with demonstrated skill in analyzing political, environmental, and social trends in the region, and developing campaigns that are multi-faceted and decentralized;
  • Familiarity with environmental justice principles and practices, especially in building relationships and collaboration with frontline communities and grassroots groups and other organizations;
  • Excellent networking skills and proven track record in uniting diverse opinions and teams around a common agenda and plan;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with people from different cultures and nationalities in a way that facilitates conflict resolution and values community wisdom;
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills, with an ability to simplify messages and communicate complex issues to the public;
  • Highly computer literate, and comfortable with new media technologies and extensive use of online communication;
  • Fluent in English and in one or more regional language;
  • Willing to travel with regularity; and
  • Systematic and goal-oriented – in it to win it!


  • 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 local and regional media landscape.

Location, Compensation and Work Environment:

This is a project position but full-time and equivalent to 5 days a week for an initial one-year term.

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 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: 


  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 27, 2021 but consider applying ASAP; qualified applicants will be screened and shortlisted immediately, and the position may close before the deadline.