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|
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 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
◾ 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.
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
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.
◾ Demonstrated strong writing and communication skills in English
◾ Ability to speak or write in other regional languages (preference for Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese)
◾ Collaborative team‐player with strong interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated experience in working with people from different cultures and nationalities in the region
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
Our Relational Values
◾ Commitment to Self-Transformation (walk the talk)
Our Issue Values – in our issues, we value:
◾ Being Strategic and Goal Oriented
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. https://www.no-burn.org/asia-pacific/
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.
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.
Please send your CV, cover letter, and two professional writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2021.
This position will be open until filled. Screening and interviews will begin after the deadline.