Break Free From Plastic

Global Communications Lead


Job Title 

Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) Global Communications Lead 

Role Salary & benefits

Competitive salary and benefits.

Role Type

Full-Time hours are required. 

Role Location

Remote position that can be done from anywhere in the world with strong internet connection. Possible option to work on-site at host organization if located nearby.

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 and international travel may be required.

Reports To

The Communications Hub adopts a matrix management system, this position will report to two managers:  the BFFP Global Coordinator for work planning and strategic prioritization, and a contact at the host organization for administrative/HR purposes. 

Direct Reports

This role will have coordination responsibilities, including grant management, workflow oversight management for regionally based Communications Officers – currently 3;  and Digital campaigner, and some administrative functions related to project management.

The Role:

The Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) Global Communications Lead 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 Communications Hub Lead also manages the Communications Hub (Comms Hub), acting as lead for the team coordination, all aspects of the grant management (proposal drafting, reporting and budget management) and is responsible for building alliances and communications between regions, providing communications implementation support according to global communications priorities. 

BFFP works with more than 2,000 organizations worldwide and is  present in 147 countries – working with different languages, platforms, cultures and political systems.

What success looks like:

Winning key communications objectives that progress a positive narrative of a future free from plastic pollution.
Collaboration and co-creation with BFFP stakeholders for the development and implementation of communications strategies in line with the priorities of global strategy.
Communications Hub project is delivered on time, within budget and with reporting completed – with effective Comms Hub team and project coordination.
Global communications strategies and responsive work is delivered to a high quality and in a timely manner.  

Key Responsibilities and Duties:


1. Design communications strategies, campaigns and tools

Coordinate the Hub’s leadership in the ‘Shift the Narrative’ strategy; develop communications strategies and programs in collaboration with the Break Free global and regional coordination teams; and facilitate consultation process with members
◾ Contribute to, and facilitate involvement from the  Comms Hub and other stakeholders in the development and implementation of communications plans and strategies for other priorities of the global strategy.
◾ Provide oversight for BFFP’s digital media strategy and platforms with an emphasis on centering grassroots voices with regional diversity.  Collaborate with the Digital Media Officer and Regional Officers to ensure strong, vibrant and engaging digital media presence for the Break-Free from Plastic Movement;
◾ Measure impact of communications strategies and deliverables; establish and achieve milestones.

2. Project manage the Communications Hub

◾ Act as Team Lead for the Break Free Communications Hub (embedded in multiple countries), ensuring a steady flow of high quality, message aligned media outputs from the regions.

◽ Share workflow supervision of Hub staff with other Managers, support professional development opportunities for regional Comms Officers.

◾ Deliver the Comms Hub project:

◽ Proposals, alignment and capacity within BFFP 
◽ Budget management, tracking and reporting 
◽ Grant reporting and related  processes 
◽ Monitoring and evaluation processes for the Communications Hub
◽ Strategy and project development processes. 

Some administrative functions to ensure smooth project management (scheduling, calendarization, software and application oversight)  
◾ Ensure media monitoring framework is developed and maintained, provide regular updates on media performance, landscape and audience related analysis

3. Implement priority communications strategies

In collaboration with others, provide clear global messaging points that can be tailored for regional delivery, ensuring cross pollination among regions
Oversee (crafting as required) audience-appropriate messages and regional distribution of  content through appropriate mainstream, alternative and social media platforms with global cohesion. Ensure resources are available to promote coherence and consistency of messaging by Break Free allies and partners, based on agreed global communications strategy;
Manage key high priority relationships with print, broadcast and online journalists, editors and other media decision–makers in their respective regions. Facilitate media requests with movement partners and resource persons as needed;
Sign off and distribute Break Free materials for offline and online use by partners and allies as needed including bi-weekly newsletters, press releases, op-eds, articles, external landscape scans, letters. Occasional implementation support as needed.
Oversee vendor management and assets for  layout, printing and publication of Break Free materials into high-quality creative and user friendly products. Provide strategic input on  the cross regional amplification of stories

Particular implementation support for those areas where there is clear strategic need and Comms Hub capacity gap (may be geographic, thematic  or skills capacity gap). Mentor and support Regional Officers on regional outputs as needed. 

4. Support communications capacity in BFFP

Supporting the implementation of strategic projects aimed at developing strong communications capacity globally for BFFP members and supporters.

5. Contribute to part of a global team

Participate in monthly global team calls and related processes to establish synergies with other workstreams and work happening in the different  regions.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Break Free Global Coordinator related to communications and strategic needs for BFFP.

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.

Regional Comms Officers and other Comms staff
◾ Global Coordination Team
◾ Regional Coordination Teams and supporting committees
◾ 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



◾ Fluent written and spoken English, demonstrated strong writing and communication skills;
◾ At least five years experience in developing and implementing communications strategies and campaigns;
◾ At least 3 years experience in people and project management – including for grant funded projects;
◾ A strong understanding of the global media landscape, with  media networks/contacts within key global media markets;
◾ Experience working in network development and/or within people’s movements, or within the NGO environment;
◾ Demonstrated capacity for issue and audience analysis, and strong presentation and persuasion skills -including advanced skills in communicating complex issues to the public;
◾ Experienced in new media technologies and social networking tools;
◾ Demonstrated ability to manage time-sensitive projects, write/create/execute under deadline, maintain attention to detail, and adhere to deadlines;
◾ Passion for social and environmental justice, and a commitment to communications strategies that elevate the work of the movement’s grassroots membership and create a space for communities to speak for themselves;
◾ Flexibility in working hours – and the ability to work outside of normal office hours. 


◾ Bachelor’s degree in the field of communications or journalism or a related field or demonstrated relevant experience;
◾ Ability to speak and/or write in additional languages a plus;
◾ Experience working in a remote/ distance based team, including using online communications tools. 

Personal qualities

◾ Collaborative team‐player with strong interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated experience in working with people from different cultures and nationalities;
◾ Strategic and analytical thinker with a 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 on a regular basis when it’s safe to do so.

Team Balance – Areas of Expertise 

◾ Between all the positions in the Communications Hub, there is a need to have expertise in Media Relations, Digital Communications, Social Media, Digital Campaigning, Writing, Copy-Editing,  Graphic Design, Video Editing, Vendor Management, Audience Mapping, Message Testing.
◾ Applicants with one or more of these areas of expertise as additional skills are desirable.


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  

How to apply:

◾ BFFP actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. BFFP does not discriminate based on an individual’s race, sex, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or on any other basis prohibited by law. 
◾ Application review begins June 16th, with rolling submissions accepted through June 28th. Early application recommended.
◾ Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three to five references to “Hiring Manager” at with the subject: “Global Communications Lead Position.” Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. Please do not contact BFFP directly with questions or inquiries. Thank you!

Equal oppportunity employment, equity and inclusion:

BFFP seeks to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and foster an inclusive environment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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