Break Free From Plastic

Asia Pacific Communications Officer

BFFP is looking for a strong, collaborative and committed communications professional who wants to use their exceptional skills to challenge the narrative around plastic pollution. In this dynamic role, no day will be the same – one day you will be co-designing communications strategies, the next working to build the capacity of BFFP movement members, the next responding to media requests on plastic pollution. You have experience with non-government organisations, have highly developed interpersonal and communications skills and while happy to implement communications plans, are a communications strategist at heart. You have deep knowledge of the region you are based in, and strong connections with communities of activists.


Role Duration July 2021-March 2023 (funding dependent)
Role Salary & benefits Competitive
Role Type Full-Time hours are required
Role Location Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, work from home arrangement is the mode of working. Host organization office location is GAIA Asia Pacific in Manila, Philippines
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 may include work on weekends especially during work travel. 

◾ Some domestic and international travel may be required pending COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Reports To The AP Communications Officer’s workflow will be managed by the  BFFP AP Senior Communications Officer.
Direct Reports This role may have supervisory role over consultants and third party suppliers.

The Roles (job purpose)

The Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) Asia Pacific Communications Officer is responsible for the co-creation and implementation of key communications strategies to achieve a global strategy to fight plastic pollution with others in Break Free From Plastic. The role also supports the development of a strong communications community of practice in the Asia Pacific and provides coordination services for the calendarisation, delivery, sharing and amplification of relevant communications output to target audiences – in the Asia Pacific and, from the Asia Pacific around the world. 

The role of BFFP Asia Pacific Communications Officer is responsible for communications, engagement and communications outreach in delegated priority communities (for 2021-2023 Malaysia, India, Lower Mekong River countries like Thailand, Viet Nam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos). Working closely with the AP Senior Communications Officer, this role will both support the implementation and delivery of communications tools for the region and the development

What success looks like:

As part of the Asia Pacific team, support the achievement of winning key communications objectives that progress a narrative that a future free from plastic is possible in the Asia Pacific
Working with a strong community of practice of communications professionals from the BFFP Movement who ensure that the BFFP key campaigns reach the target audiences
Collaboration and co-creation with Asia Pacific team, Comms Hub, and other colleagues within BFFP, for the achievement of Tagaytay 2.0, in accordance with regional and global priorities.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:


1. Co-design communications and digital campaigns and tools

Conceptualize, write, edit, produce and distribute Break Free materials for offline and online use by partners and allies in the region including press releases, briefing papers, reports, brochures, op-eds, articles, letters, videos, photo stories, memes, videos, infographics, newsletters, etc. that support regional and project campaigns as well priority country outreach and amplification of member activities
◾ Coordinate lay-out, printing and publication of Break Free materials into high-quality creative and user friendly products
◾ Develop audience-appropriate messaging, using appropriate tactics and platforms, ensuring alignment to the global communications strategy

2. Engage with Movement members in specific countries to develop and enable strong participation in communications work

◾ As agreed, co-lead specific projects in the Asia Pacific region i.e. digital pushes for the region, communications capacity building for members in the region

◾ Co-lead the Asia Pacific Comms working group and ensure engagement strategies with core and associate members in the region are met, stories are amplified as part of the Asia Pacific engagement strategy.

3. Co-design and Implement comms strategy for Asia Pacific priority countries.

Manage the database of media contacts and facilitate media requests with movement partners and resource persons as needed.

This includes organizing and implementing press events and activities, including necessary logistics for identified movement activities.
Contribute to building a strong, vibrant and engaging social media presence for the Break-Free from Plastic Movement in Asia Pacific
◾ Co-lead communications coordination and tools needed for regional ‘peaks’.
◾ Push stories from member organizations and help amplify these stories using various communication platforms.

4. Project management

Collate media coverage, analytics and metrics information to draft reports, regular updates and audience related reports specific to campaigns.
Oversee third-party contractors depending on projects (i.e. graphic designers, web administrators, etc.)

5. Contribute to part of a global team

Participate in various BFFP global and Asia Pacific team meetings and working groups

Key Relationships:

The Communications Hub builds 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, some that will be ‘internal’ and some that are key target audiences.

◾ BFFP Asia Pacific Coordination Team and country based communications specialists.
Fiscal Sponsor (GAIA Asia Pacific)
BFFP Communications Hub
Global Coordination Team
Regional Communications Working groups or similar
Key organisations involved in leading BFFP projects – including campaign teams
Movement members and key communications contacts
Media, allies, influencers and other external audiences
◾ Suppliers and contractors
◾ Funders, potential donors and supporters.

Person Specifications: Knowledge, Skills, and Experiences


◾ Demonstrated strong writing and communication skills in English
At least five-year experience in developing and implementing communications strategies and digital campaigns or supporting the implementation of similar.
An understanding, knowledge and contacts within Asia Pacific (preference for Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam knowledge)  and regional media and landscape, alongside knowledge of key global media markets.
Adept in using software like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Canva.
Demonstrated capacity for issue and audience analysis, strong presentation and persuasion skills including skills in communicating complex issues to the public;
Computer literate, and experienced with new media technologies and social networking tools;
Passion for social and environmental justice, and a commitment to communications strategies which elevate the work of our grassroots membership and create a space for communities to speak for themselves


◾ Ability to speak or write in other regional languages (preference for Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese)
Bachelor’s degree in the field of communications or journalism or a related field.
Experience working in remote/ distance based teams.
◾ Experience in network development and/or within people’s movements, or within the NGO environment.

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 internationally as required pending COVID-19 travel restrictions, 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  

About Us:

About the Communications Hub  

The Break Free From Plastic Communications Hub (Comms Hub)  is a remote working team with team members in at least three time-zones (US, Europe, Asia), and stakeholders located around the world.

The Comms Hub works to harness and amplify the diverse voices of the Break Free From Plastic movement in order to shift the narrative on plastic pollution in line with the goals set  to achieve a global strategy to fight plastic pollution. The Comms Hub Officers, regional nodes, and Global Coordination Team, and key leadership across the movement, collaborate to tell BFFP’s story in a consistent voice across the entire plastics pipeline. 

In the next three years, the Comms Hub will lead the movement’s work to shift the narrative through strategic and proactive communications that will strengthen and empower the movement to speak about our solutions more loudly and with greater impact. Through smart, well-orchestrated and timely communications, the movement can consistently erode and undermine the industry-peddled narrative while future-proofing our collective work. 

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 

About GAIA Asia Pacific:

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries. GAIA and its members are global leaders in advancing visionary, win-win solutions to waste and pollution that protect the environment and human wellbeing and builds strong, participatory local economies.

Location, compensation and work environment:

We offer a competitive salary, leaves, health insurance and other similar employment protections. 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 seeking candidates who are excited to make an initial commitment of at least one year to this work.

Equal oppportunity employment, equity and inclusion:

BFFP is committed to the principle of Equal Employment Opportunity for all employees, regardless of gender identification, nationality, religion, age, and any other characteristics unrelated to the performance of the job.  People from historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Please send your CV, cover letter, and two professional writing samples to by June 30, 2021. 

This position will be open until filled. Screening and interviews will begin after the deadline.