Break Free From Plastic

Solutions Coordinator for BFFP Europe

Based in Brussels, London, or Utrecht

About the Break Free From Plastic movement

Break Free from Plastic (BFFP) is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in September 2016, 2500 organisations from all over the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Zero Waste Europe hosts the coordination of the European chapter of the movement.

To know more please visit breakfreefromplastic.org

About you

You are a creative, passionate, organised person, as well as an experienced campaigner. You know how to design and implement campaigns, track progress, manage collected data, and build creative ways to engage with partners and potential allies. You are very good at anticipating challenges, jumping on opportunities, and quickly finding creative solutions. You excel at personal relations and enjoy teamwork; are capable of running different tasks simultaneously; and like working in an agile international environment. You are passionate about environmental and social justice, with a particular interest in plastic.

About the role

The BFFP Europe Solutions Coordinator is responsible for the co-creation and implementation of key strategies focused on the enabling and development of reduction and reuse solutions, to support the achievement of the European and global objectives of the BFFP movement.

Main tasks of the solutions coordinator

Monitor main developments relevant for plastics, with a focus on packaging and Europe

• Monitor the main events and positions of the plastic and petrochemicals industry in Europe, provide feedback to the movement on the key trends and arguments and bring the voice of the movement to relevant events, with a particular focus on debunking false solutions and myths around packaging, and promoting real solutions based on prevention and reuse;
• Monitor new initiatives (notably from businesses and public-private partnerships) to reduce packaging and transition to reusable packaging, and feedback to the movement;
• Monitor double standards from companies within Europe, and between Europe and other regions, and work with European and global members to expose them.

Support and facilitate the work of BFFP members on reuse solutions to multiply its impact

• Support the work of the ‘Transition to reuse’ task force and the ‘Zero waste cities and communities’ task force, facilitating information and experience sharing, providing data and arguments, drafting documents etc;
• Provide tailored support to BFFP members when needed so that they engage their membership and audience into the campaign, while reaching out to new partners;
• Support members on fundraising for time-bound specific projects or campaigns.

Coordinate the work to ensure wide support for reuse beyond the BFFP movement

• Engage with cities and businesses who signed the #WeChooseReuse letters to increase their involvement, as well as with other cities and businesses to increase the support to the campaign;
• Build synergies with other movements, for example looking at further alliances with organisations and networks working on forest and paper use,  or on relocalisation of food production and consumption;
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Engage with impact investors and innovation funds to increase funding available for piloting and developing reusable packaging and reuse systems;
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Coordinate the main #WeChooseReuse campaign activities;
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Work with the comms team to do targeted media work in key countries and publications, e.g. Financial times, to amplify the reuse of success stories.

Person specification

Experience
Essential
At least 5 years of experience in international, EU or national campaigning
• Experience working in coalition or movement settings
• Ability to interact with a variety of stakeholders including, businesses, industry associations, local and national authorities and CSOs

Desirable
• Experience coordinating European or international campaigns
• Experience interacting with businesses, including start-ups
• Experience interacting with local and national decision-makers

Knowledge, skills and understanding
Essential
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, and the ability to communicate complicated messages clearly and appropriately to different audiences
• Strategic thinking, with the  ability to leverage opportunities and synergies
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Strong networking and team building skills appropriate for a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
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Solid IT competences with collaborative tools (e,g, Google Drive, Slack, Asana, Trello)

Desirable
• Knowledge of the main actors of the packaging supply chain
• Knowledge of the EU decarbonisation and circular economy agenda, as well as the Just Transition agenda
• Experience in working within a multicultural environment
• Other languages, apart from English

Personal qualities
Essential
• Great interpersonal skills
• Excellent listener and communicator
• Impact driven, solution oriented and team player
• Commitment to accuracy, efficiency and a high standard of work
• Organised and able to prioritise
• Willingness to work with flexible schedule, as required

Location, Compensation and Work Environment

This is a full-time or 80% position with a Belgian, Dutch or British contract. The exact location of the position will depend on where the selected candidate is based or able to relocate. We offer flexibility in terms of partially working from home, but candidates are expected to be able to commute to the Brussels office on a regular basis and when the job requires (this will be in agreement with your Line Manager). The right to work in  Belgium, the Netherlands or the UK is required.

The initial contract will be for one year, with the possibility to be extended to a permanent one.

We offer a competitive salary, based on your transferable years of experience and the internal salary policy of your host organisation and the rules of the country:

• Zero Waste Europe, Belgium: gross salary in the range of €3150-3500/month for a full time position, with on top benefits such as lunch vouchers (8 eur per day worked) + 13th month (year end bonus) + holiday bonus + health insurance (DKV), commuting + working from home allowance, travel insurance.
• City to Sea, United Kingdom: gross salary in the range of £2200-2500/month for a full time position, with on top benefits such as pension.
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Recycling Netwerk Benelux, The Netherlands: gross salary in the range of €3700-4000/month for a full time position (including pension), with on top benefits such as commuting allowance, and lunch at the office.

All host organisations offer top training.
Starting date: immediate.

Equal Employment opportunity

At BFFP Europe, we understand that not all individuals have the same opportunities to engage in paid work or studies both within and outside of the movement. We highly value passion and experience in addressing plastic pollution, environmental, social, health and human rights justice. We are open to receiving applications from those who may not fulfill all the required skills but have the interest, passion and lived experiences to fulfill the role. In this respect, we encourage people from a diverse intersection of backgrounds to apply.

TO APPLY:

Please follow this link where you will be asked to fill in your basic information and send your CV and motivation letter with references. All these materials should be provided in English.

If you have any questions, please contact us at: admin-europe@breakfreefromplastic.org by email, stating in the subject line Reference: Solutions Coordinator

Please note that applications via email will not be accepted – only through the application form provided through the link above.

Applications will be examined on a rolling basis, until the position is filled. 

First interviews will start as of the 20th of April. 

Candidates selected for a second interview will be requested to carry out an assignment (1h30 max) before their second/final interview.  

Due to the high number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.