Break Free From Plastic

Communications Officer (China)

Job Title: Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) Communications Officer (China)
Role Duration: Initially until March 2023, with potential to extend pending funding
Role Salary & benefits: Competitive
Role Type: Full time , Part time will be considered for highly qualified candidates.
Role Location: The position location is dependent on where the successful candidate resides, with a preference for the Asia Pacific region (in particular East Asia and Southeast Asia).
Role Flexibility:
• Flexible working hours are required
• As this role works across time zones, working hours will frequently be outside of normal office hours.
Some domestic, regional and international travel may be required, as travel restrictions changed based on local responses to the global pandemic.
Reports to: This role will report to the BFFP China Regional Coordinator/PFC Coordinator and the Global Communications Lead
Direct Reports: none

The Role (job purpose)

The Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) Communications Officer (China) is responsible for the planning, evaluation and implementation of  communication strategies and plans  involving the agreed collective work of  BFFP (or PFC)  members in  Mainland China to ensure satisfied members’ exchange and cooperation between China and other regions. Additionally, the role supports communications capacity and expertise – developing our relevant, consistent and powerful voice  to shift the narrative on plastics in the region. The role provides project communications support to help amplify the work of BFFP members in China particularly to audiences outside the mainland,  and also to help improve the communication and translation of  BFFP  initiatives globally and in other regions for BFFP (or PFC)  stakeholders in China, which are relevant to achieving identified priorities in China.

What success looks like

• Collaboration and co-creation with various BFFP stakeholders, for the achievement of key strategies, in line with China-specific and global priorities.
• Working with BFFP Communications Hub to ensure that key campaigns deliver outcomes and maintain exchanges in BFFP
Production of relevant communications tools tailored to target audiences.

Key Responsabilities

1. Amplifying PFC and BFFP work in China to the rest of the world, and increasing relevance of global work to audiences in China.

a. Co-creation and implementation of communications strategies to achieve shift in narrative on plastic pollution.
b. Ensure a dynamic, consistent and collective voice for BFFP in China and China-focused communication internationally.
c. Deliver, share and amplify relevant communications outputs to target audiences (via social media, newsletter and traditional media)- in China and, from China around the world.

2. Promoting opportunities for BFFP members in China and their global colleagues to exchange, strengthening communications capacity and networks.

a. Deliver and maximize regional communications opportunities and initiatives (including capacity building.)
b. Promote communications and information exchange between BFFP China members and BFFP global networks, including:

• Keep China members updated with possible cooperative actions and experiences that can be learned from other regions.
• Ensure the BFFP network is well informed of the update of China projects, such as the achievements and experiences worth learning.

c. Build bridges with other relevant movements at national, regional and international levels through developing relevant and aligned communications products 

3. Contribute to the priorities of BFFP in China

a. As a member of the PFC team, contribute to the development and implementation of priorities in  China (including the Identification of communications opportunities for the China projects to align with, or intersect with other planned BFFP activities.)
b. As a member of the BFFP Communications Hub, contribute to the development and implementation of priorities of the Communications Hub (in line with BFFP’s shared strategy).
c. Provide risk assessment including quality assurance and information security to planned communications activities.

4. Contribute to responsibilities within the Global Comms Hub

a. Provide key communications support during global peaks
b. Contribute to social media editorial calendar and e-newsletter content
c. Participate and provide input during narrative and strategic meetings

5. Other

a. Support regular reporting and updates to key stakeholders
Contribute as part of the Plastic Free China and Global BFFP Teams
c. Any other duties as delegated

Key Relationships

This role will need to be able to maintain a range of different relationships – many which will be remote and online. 

• BFFP Communications Hub – in particular the Communications Hub Asia Pacific team
• BFFP / Plastic Free China team
Global Coordination Team and coordination teams in other regions
BFFP and PFC Members
Fiscal Sponsor/Host Organization (tbc)
Project Funders, potential donors and supporters
Media and communications professionals and networks
Suppliers and contractors

Person Specifications: Knowledge, Skills, and Experiences

• 5 years of experience in communications and/or project management roles, preferably with a regional or global organization or network.
Exceptional multitasking and organization skills, experience in complex project delivery and capacity building; and the ability to work independently.
Strong understanding of the China landscape, and of the broader media landscape in relation to China and Chinese language media.
Strong writing and communication skills in Chinese and English, ability to speak or write in other regional languages is desirable.
Experience working with a diversity of stakeholders including: working with funders, and/or in coalition-based partners; grassroots groups; NGOs; government and agencies;
Demonstrated capacity for issue and audience analysis, strong presentation and persuasion skills including advanced skills in communicating complex issues to the public;
Computer literate, and experienced with media technologies and relevant social networking tools
Commitment to, and passion for, finding solutions to environmental and social issues.

• Experience working in remote/distance-based teams
Understanding of corporate campaigns, environmental movements, global inequalities
Experience working with an NGO or people’s movement
Located within the Asia Pacific preferred, any location is considered.
A strong understanding, knowledge and contacts within Asia Pacific regional media and 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
Ability to handle high influx of communication across different channels (email, Slack, etc) and being responsive.
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.

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

#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.

About Plastic Free China 

The Plastic Free China is an organization in China that specializes in promoting solutions for plastic pollution. It is committed to eliminating plastic pollution in life and the environment through corporate, public and policy advocacy.

To Apply

Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, resume, two writing samples or links to work portfolio (one sample in Chinese, one in English), expected salary in USD, and two referee contacts to “Hiring Manager” at with the subject: “BFFP Communications Officer (China)”Encouraged to apply by August 20, 2022

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!