Break Free From Plastic

Asia Pacific Coordinator

The BFFP Asia Pacific Coordinator will provide overall leadership and coordination for plastics-related initiatives in the Asia Pacific region. You will lead the development of holistic and inclusive strategies to dramatically reduce plastic production, pollution and usage. At the same time, you will promote and highlight sustainable, effective and locally-driven initiatives that exist within the region by working with and supporting multiple stakeholders, particularly frontline communities and organizations.

The BFFP Asia Pacific coordinator reports to the GAIA Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator and collaborates closely with the BFFP Global Coordinator.


As the BFFP Asia Pacific Coordinator, you will:


◾ Work with BFFP members and partners in the region to develop a shared critical analysis of plastic and waste issues in Asia Pacific, and build a holistic framework to successfully promote solutions and reduce plastic production, pollution, usage and dumping;

◾ Support, manage and coordinate the delivery of strategic plans and projects among key sub-regions, as well as sub-regions outside of China, South Asia and Southeast Asia;

◾ Coordinate and collaborate closely with the Plastic Free China team, continually finding connections between the work of our members there with that of the wider region;

◾ Create linkages and opportunities between communities, organizations and other players within the region, including outreach to other regional movements and potential partners along the plastic supply chain, to bolster local/national/regional efforts;

◾ Collaborate with the BFFP Global Coordination team, other regional coordinators, work stream and project leads to ensure that the work in the Asia Pacific region is aligned with  global efforts and strategy, and that key developments  in other regions or projects are leveraged to advance the work in Asia Pacific and vice versa;

◾ Oversee the development of science- and fact-based publications, research, papers and other materials related to plastic pollution, particularly its impact on health and the environment, and create partnerships with academic and scientific institutions for the publication of these materials;

◾ Represent BFFP Asia Pacific in crucial meetings and activities and build capacity of members to allow for broader representation;

◾ Work with South and Southeast Asia Network Organizers in identifying and implementing capacity-building opportunities for members across the region;

◾ Supervise the BFFP AP regional team , including the Asia Pacific Communications Officer and ensure the delivery of key personnel services, such as setting of performance objectives and individual work plans, coaching, training, staff meetings and team planning, moral and emotional support particularly during peak campaign moments;

◾ Convene and set the agenda for the BFFP Regional Advisory Council;

◾ Provide support in fundraising activities to sustain the regional work against plastic pollution; and

◾ Project manage  and oversee the BFFP Asia Pacific Coordination project, and ensure  delivery of identified milestones and reporting requirements.


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

◾ Highly-skilled in coordination and management: 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.

◾ A global and local thinker: You thoroughly understand that local pollution 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. You are deeply respectful of and cognizant of the expertise and knowledge coming from different members of the community, and value the importance of bringing different perspectives together. 

◾ Highly-skilled in program and project implementation: You continuously look for ways to make things better, more efficient and effective. You are organized and disciplined with your time and resources, know how to prioritize and know how to support your team members to accomplish their respective responsibilities.

◾ Goal-oriented but flexible: You always have one eye on the big picture, and another eye on the details. While you never waver from achieving the larger mission, 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 develop solutions and help your team overcome challenges, and you continually learn and adapt to motivate yourself and your team to win!

◾ Strong in organizational, financial and administrative management: You are highly-experienced in delivering administrative, organizational and financial functions such as staff management, HR services, fundraising, budget tracking & reporting and overall financial management, report-writing and other related responsibilities.

◾ Well-rounded and confident: You have facilitation, writing, public-speaking, negotiation, mediation and other skills that you can easily pull out of the hat when needed. You are not afraid of speaking out especially in high-level discourses and can hold your own in stressful and crucial situations. You can clearly articulate technical issues in a manner that makes it easier for the general public to understand.


Required Qualifications:

◾ At least five (5) years of experience in a coordination, campaigning and management role, including project management, preferably with an international non-profit/people’s organization or network; 

◾ 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;

◾ Skilled in staff supervision and management and in 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 processes, 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 such as government offices and agencies, media institutions, private sector and others preferably in an international setting;

◾ 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;

◾ Skilled in fundraising and familiar with international development funds, foreign private foundations and donors;

◾ 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.  This position is open to all nationalities from the Asia Pacific region including Pacific Island Countries, and location is dependent 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.


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. 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 supervisors or managers, 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 September 4, 2020, but consider applying ASAP. Qualified applicants will be screened and shortlisted immediately, and the position may be filled before the deadline.

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