Break Free From Plastic

Africa Plastic Campaigner

GAIA is a worldwide alliance of grassroots organisations and national alliances in over 90 countries working for justice and a world without waste. We see waste, plastics, and their resulting pollution as a symptom of a larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we promote zero waste as a holistic solution that supports an economic shift toward justice and sustainability. 47 organisations are GAIA members in Africa, from 21 countries.

The #breakfreefromplastic (BFFP) Movement is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in 2016, more than 11,000 organisations and individual supporters from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. BFFP member organisations and individuals share the common values of environmental protection and social justice, and work together through a holistic approach in order to bring about systemic change under the #breakfreefromplastic core pillars. This means tackling plastic pollution across the whole plastics value chain – from extraction to disposal – focusing on prevention rather than cure and providing effective solutions.

GAIA is a founding member of BFFP, and hosts its organising staff in most regions of the world. In Africa, both global movements are regionally hosted by groundWork, a GAIA founding member based in South Africa. We also have regional staff hosted at member organisations in Ghana and Morocco. 

The Africa Plastic Campaigner (APC) will provide project management and technical support for the implementation of plastic related initiatives with member organisations of GAIA and BFFP in the Africa Region. As the APC, you will work closely with the GAIA and BFFP team to ensure regional activities are contributing towards our global strategies for plastic reduction and working with member organisations to debunk and counter false solutions in Africa.

Job role and responsibilities

In collaboration with other members of the GAIA/BFFP Africa team, the APC will contribute to the development and implementation of regional (Africa) strategies and goals to promote solutions for plastic reduction;


Support, manage and coordinate plastics related initiatives and projects in African countries;

Initiate and support campaigns that advance the introduction or enforcement of plastic reduction policies at the national, regional and global levels.

Support the development of GAIA and BFFP networks in Africa by engaging and collaborating with organisations working towards zero waste and plastic reduction in the region.

Contribute to the development of research and science-based publications being developed regionally and globally.

Support cross-regional collaboration on project implementation and multi-country campaigns aimed at reducing plastic production and pollution.

Actively participate in BFFP and GAIA meetings and contribute to global and regional processes.


Represent the Africa team in key meetings and activities within the region;

Work with the regional team to identify and implement capacity-building strategies and provide learning opportunities to members; so that they are better equipped to run relevant projects and campaigns, and to represent their sectors/organisations effectively in various spaces;

Work with the communications team to share the stories and successes of projects supported in this role.

Coordinate with the global teams working on plastic policy and provide relevant regional context in these spaces.

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

Highly-skilled in coordination: You are deeply committed to equity and equality, inclusivity and diversity. You are both consultative and 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.

Highly-skilled in program/campaign management and implementation: You have proven experience in developing, implementing, evaluating and improving campaigns, programs,projects and all related activities. You are organised and disciplined with your time, know how to prioritise and can be depended upon to deliver results in a timely manner. 

A global/local campaigner: You thoroughly understand that local pollution-reduction and advocacy efforts can contribute to changing the global campaign and discourse on plastic pollution, and vice versa, and you are adept at making and articulating these connections.

Solutions-oriented: You are not easily overwhelmed by setbacks and obstacles, you love thinking on your feet to develop solutions and help your team overcome challenges, and you continually learn and adapt to motivate yourself and your team to win!

Well-rounded and a team-player: You have facilitation, writing, public-speaking, negotiation and mediation, and other skills. You value the importance of working with team members and partners to accomplish targets and goals

Patient and respectful: You value people’s inputs and expertise, and are respectful in dealing with people from all walks of life and from different backgrounds. You respect and recognise expertise and knowledge coming from different members of the community, and value the importance of bringing different perspectives together.

Trustworthy: You are self-motivated and can be depended upon to deliver targets and goals in a timely manner. You take pride in your ability to honor commitments.


Required Qualifications:

◾ At least three (3) years of experience in a coordination, campaigning and/or management role, preferably with a non-profit/people’s organisation or network.

◾ Knowledge of and familiarity with plastics pollution issues, as well as some combination of zero waste, energy and climate issues;

◾ Demonstrable experience in all aspects of program and project implementation including conceptualisation and delivery of key target goals, monitoring and evaluation, documentation and reporting, and other related tasks;

◾ Familiarity with environmental and social justice values and principles, and experience in supporting and collaborating with frontline and grassroots communities and organisations;

Proven ability to work independently and use creative problem-solving skills to overcome obstacles and achieve goals;

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;

Willing to travel on a regular basis locally and internationally (once COVID-19 safety protocols allow);

Ability to work outside usual office hours to accommodate working with a global team.

Desired Qualifications:

Have an understanding of international policy arenas (UNEA, Basel, UNFCCC)

Fluency of another regional language, especially French.

Familiar with the local and regional political landscape.

Highly-skilled in facilitation and group processes such as project and partner meetings, webinars, planning and evaluation processes, and the like;

Experienced in organising events for different stakeholders such as government offices and agencies, media institutions, private sector and others;

Location, Compensation and Work Environment:

This is a full time project position, and equivalent to 5 days a week.  The position is open to all nationalities from the African region. We will ideally have the successful applicant based in Durban, South Africa in our regional office but consideration for a remote role will be given to candidates with an existing understanding of the movement.

We offer a competitive salary plus benefits, including a contribution towards 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, religion, age, physical ability, or any other status unrelated to the performance of the job. Candidates from historically disadvantaged or marginalised groups are strongly encouraged to apply for this post, and will be preferred.

To apply:

Please send the following to with the subject line “Africa Plastic Campaigner– (YOUR NAME)”. APPLICATIONS WITH INCOMPLETE DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.

  1. 2-3 references (IMPORTANT: 2 of your references must be your immediate supervisors or managers, or colleagues who worked closely with you in recent programs/projects/campaigns);

    At least 2 writing samples or references/links to programs/projects you led or spearheaded 

    Qualified applicants will be screened and shortlisted immediately.

Applications will remain open until the position is filled. We will start reviewing applications on 10 January 2022.