Break Free From Plastic

Asia Pacific Project Coordinator – Waste trade


This role provides project coordination to a key Asia Pacific focused project

Job Title Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) Asia Pacific Project Coordinator – Waste Trade
Role Duration August 2021 – July 2024 (subject to annual renewal as funding dependent)
Role Salary & benefits Competitive
Role Type Full Time – equivalent to 5 days a week for an initial one-year term.
Role Location

Based on the host organisation’s office location, some working from home arrangements may be accommodated. This position is open to all nationalities from the Asia Pacific region, and location is dependent on where the successful candidate resides, with a preference for India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, or Indonesia

    Role Flexibility

    Flexible working hours are required 

    ▪ As this role works across time zones, working hours will frequently be outside of normal office hours. This includes work on weekends. 
    ▪ Some domestic, regional and international travel may be required, as travel restrictions changed based on local responses to the global pandemic.

      Reports To The Project Coordinator will report to the Asia Pacific Coordinator and be responsive to the project teams established from BFFP members for the project.
      Direct Reports This role will have supervisory responsibilities for Asia Pacific Projects Communications Officer; consultants and third-party suppliers.


      The Role (job purpose)

      The Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) Asia Pacific Projects Coordinator is responsible for the collaborative planning, coordination of implementation, and evaluation of a BFFP focus project in the Asia Pacific. The role supports the development of the campaigns, engagement with the BFFP movement, and strengthens the capacity of members in the Asia Pacific to synthesize activities and plans to maximize impact. The role provides project coordination support to these focus projects, ensuring alignment to BFFP’s key strategy (Tagaytay 2.0) and priorities for BFFP in the Asia Pacific. The BFFP movement is active in 17 countries in the Asia Pacific region – working with different languages, cultures and political systems.

      What success looks like

      Working with strong Project Teams (from the BFFP Movement) to ensure that key campaigns deliver outcomes – winning key objectives of the focus projects
      Collaboration and co-creation with various BFFP stakeholders, for the achievement of Tagaytay 2.0, in line with the Asia Pacific and global priorities.
      Well-organized, coordinated, and accessible project delivery for the focus projects.

      Key Responsibilities and Duties


      Coordinate the project on waste trade  –  focused on the Asia Pacific, working in collaboration with a group of BFFP members to synergize plans and activities to maximize impact.

      Development and implementation support of project plans – including planning and scheduling of project timelines.
      ◽ Coordination of, and support to, the project teams – including project partners, team meetings, activities, and deliverables.
      ◽ Risk assessment including quality assurance and information security
      ◽ Resource planning and allocations – including overall  project budget oversight and reporting
      ◽ Managing project administration, including all documentation.
      ◽ Build, strengthen and support the project partners teams (these teams acts as management for the projects)
      ◽ Identification of opportunities for the project to align with, or intersect with, other planned BFFP activities.

      Implement strong monitoring and reporting practices

      ◽ Monitoring activities and track progress/project performance
      ◽ Regular, scheduled evaluations and impact assessments
      ◽ Maintaining documentation, including budget tracking
      ◽ Providing regular updates to key stakeholders
      ◽ Ensuring regular external landscape scans are shared
      ◽ Leading the preparation of reports (grant, impact, other)
      ◽ Identifying and implementing opportunities to amplify project campaigns, activities, and messages within BFFP (in the Asia Pacific and through BFFP global networks)

      ◾ Build and facilitate strong relationships (liaison, engagement, and communications)

      ◽ Ensure strong relationships with project partners including research, identification and outreach to potential project partners
      ◽ Promote communications  and information exchange between project participants and partners

      Maintain strong relationships with BFFP stakeholders
      ◽ Maintain strong relationships with funders
      ◽ Identify and engage potential new members for project participation
      ◽ Provide facilitation services as required to project partners/project team
      ◽ Build bridges with other relevant movements at national, regional and international levels

      ◾ Publicly represent the project and campaign to internal and external stakeholders , including:

      ◽ Developing and maintaining relationships with key external stakeholders, including movement allies, politicians, corporate CEOs, funders as necessary
      ◽ Stand as campaign spokesperson in public events, media conferences, meetings, etc

      ◾ Contribute as part of the Asia Pacific and Global BFFP Teams

      ◽ Co-supervise the work of the Project Communications Officer
      ◽ Ensuring the alignment of progress to BFFP broader strategies, global and Asia Pacific focused.
      Participation as a member of the Asia Pacific Coordination team and BFFP global team
      ◽ Any other duties as delegated by the Asia Pacific Coordinator or Global Coordinator

      Key Relationships

      This position supports BFFP building strong relationships throughout the movement. This includes those dedicated solely to BFFP work, and those for whom, BFFP is a contribution, rather than a key focus. This role will need to be able to maintain a range of different relationships – many which will be remote and online.

      ◾ Focus Project partners and project teams
      ◾ BFFP Asia Pacific Coordination Team and various Asia Pacific national points of contact
      ◾ BFFP Communications Hub
      ◾ Global Coordination Team and coordination teams in other regions
      ◾ BFFP Corporate Campaigns coordinator
      ◾ Fiscal Sponsor/Host Organisation (tbc)
      ◾ Project Funders, potential donors and supporters.
      ◾ Suppliers and contractors

      Person Specifications: Knowledge, Skills, and Experiences



      ◾ At least five years of experience in project coordination, campaign coordination  and/or management role, preferably with an international non-profit/people’s organization or network;
      ◾ Exceptional multitasking and organisation skills, complex project delivery;
      ◾ Experience working with a diversity of stakeholders including: working with funders, and/or in coalition-based partners; grassroots groups; NGOs; government and agencies;

      ◾ Experience in people management, including at least 3 years supervising staff and excellent facilitation and group process skills;

      ◾ Experience in network development, campaign design and/or capacity building.

      ◾ 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;

      ◾ Passion for social and environmental justice.

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

      ◾ Computer literate, comfortable with new media technologies and able to use and learn communication tools;


      Ability to speak or write in other regional languages.
      ◾ Experience working in remote/distance-based teams.
      ◾ Understanding of the waste trade, corporate campaigns, environmental movements, global inequalities.
      ◾ Understanding of the Asia Pacific landscape

      Personal qualities

      ◾ Collaborative team player with strong interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated experience in working with people from different cultures and nationalities in the region
      ◾ Demonstrated ability to turn projects around in a timely manner, maintain attention to detail, and adhere to deadlines;

      ◾ Flexible, open, adaptive, responsive and resilient. Takes initiative and is outcome and solution-focused.

      ◾ Willingness to travel (including internationally) on a regular basis (once travel restrictions are lifted), and flexibility in working with international staff, including biweekly calls outside of regular work hours.


      All participants in BFFP hold ourselves accountable to the following values:

      ◾  Trust & Respect 

      ◾ Distributed Leadership

      ◾ Resilience & collaboration

      ◾ Diversity, inclusion & equity

      ◾ Being Adaptive and Responsive 

      ◾ Ensuring Transparency in decision making and Accountability in our work 

      ◾ Upholding and respecting Confidentiality as required 

      ◾ Direct Communication is encouraged in conflict resolution

      ◾ Openness and Flexibility.

      Our Movement Values 

      ◾ Solidarity
      ◾ Cooperation and Collaboration
      ◾ Letting People Speak for themselves
      ◾ Bridging and Transcending cultural barriers
      ◾ Language Mindfulness (cultural sensitivities) 

      Our Relational Values 

      ◾ Commitment to Self-Transformation (walk the talk)
      ◾ Commitment to follow through on Agreements (professionalism)

      Our Issue Values – in our issues, we value: 

      ◾ Being Strategic  and Goal Oriented
      ◾ Our Commitment to an inclusive  movement or network  model  

      Equal 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

      About Break Free From Plastic

      #breakfreefromplastic is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. We believe in a world where the land, sky, oceans, and water is home to an abundance of life, not an abundance of plastic, and where the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat is free of toxic by-products of plastic pollution.

      Our vision is a world where the principles of environmental justice, social justice, public health, and human rights led government policy, not the demands of elites and corporations. This is a future we believe in and are creating together. We come together with a common goal – to bring systemic change through a holistic approach tackling plastic pollution across the whole plastics value chain, focusing on prevention rather than cure, and providing effective solutions. Read More about our Principles here


      How to apply:

      Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, resume, two writing samples or links to work portfolio, expected salary in USD, and two references to “Hiring Manager” at with the subject: “BFFP Asia Pacific Project Coordinator – Waste trade” by August 15, 2021.

      This position will be open until filled. Screening and interviews will begin after the deadline. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. Please do not contact BFFP directly with questions or inquiries. Thank you!