Aug 032018

Organization: Greenpeace
Country: China, China – Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), China – Taiwan Province, Republic of Korea
Closing date: 31 Aug 2018

This position manages the new “Global Air Pollution Unit”, which is based on existing work of the Global Coal and Air campaign work of Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA), while increasing and extending the scope and ambition.

The Global Air Pollution Unit consists of a campaign specialist and campaigner, scientist and data analyst. The Unit serves as the provider of cutting edge knowledge and campaign tools on air pollution, to accelerate energy transition away from coal and oil with a global scope, both towards Greenpeace’s global network, and supporting NGO allies in key countries. It also supports, and is integrated to GPEA’s energy campaign work in particular analysis and commentaries of outstanding energy trends in China.

The Program Manager will take on key management functions to ensure smooth operation and growth of the Unit, including at least:

  • Line management & recruitment of staff in the Unit.
  • External liaison & funder engagement, as well alliance building with the academic community and NGO circle.
  • Internal collaboration & relationship management with GP offices, including GPEA.
  • Strategy development and planning.
  • Project management functions whenever necessary.
  • Representation of the Unit whenever necessary.

The Program Manager needs to work closely together with the lead Specialist in the Unit to provide shared leadership, with the lead Specialist focusing on substance and expertise.

The position will be based in Greenpeace East Asia Taipei office, and will need to be able to travel in the key countries partnering with the Unit.

The Job Description for the role can be found below.


Job Title: Program Manager

Reports To: Deputy Program Director / Program Director


The Program Manager provides leadership to program activities in a region or function. The position is responsible for setting direction, strategy and plan for the campaign(s) and communications. As line manager of the campaign and/or communications staff, the Program Manager is responsible for performance management, staff development and assigning staff to project teams.

The Program Manager may be assigned to lead projects, and/or to chair relevant communities as assigned by the Program Steer Committee.


The post holder works under the general direction of the Deputy Program Director or Program Director, and assume responsibility for the assigned program area. The post holder demonstrates considerable independence and initiative with respect to decision-making, and provides leadership for planning, development of campaign strategy, overall program and organizational communications strategies.

Decisions made by the post holder significantly impact the overall success of Greenpeace East Asia program.

The post holder manages a team of campaign and/or communications staff. Discretion is exercised in handling confidential and sensitive information.

The post holder prepares, monitors and controls expenses and budget.


Conceptual tasks, Strategy development and/or Project management

  • Direct and oversee the planning, development and implementation of campaign and communication in a specific region (ie. HTK manager) / a program function (i.e. communications) / a specific campaign issue (current campaign manager). Provide leadership to the development of objectives, strategies and program activities in order to achieve well integrated and impactful program work.
  • Propose projects according to campaign strategy; provide knowledge-based guidance to the development and implementation of projects.
  • Lead projects if assigned by Program Steer group – oversee the implementation and make timely strategic adjustment according to internal and external changes to ensure the successful achievements of the project(s)’ objectives.
  • Stay abreast of current and emerging developments relating to the program function/ issues areas that they are responsible for. Analyze new developments in support of campaign vision, objectives and strategies.
  • [For HTK program manager or program function]. Provide strategic guidance to the use of communications/engagement in the region where the position is located, in response to internal and external trends, including potentially legal, political and cultural conditions.


  • Actively represent Greenpeace in public activities, the business, scientific and government sectors, the environmental community at large and the media, to achieve campaign objectives and strengthen the profile and credibility of Greenpeace. Undertake reactive and proactive media work as required.
  • Liaise and build relationships with business, government and non-governmental organizations on issues of relevance to meeting program /campaign objectives. Communicate and engage with inter-governmental bodies and government officials as needed.
  • [For HTK manager or current campaign manager ] Prepare written materials, communicate with government officials and industry representatives. Make presentations and respond to public speaking requests.
  • Liaise with other Greenpeace offices and Greenpeace International. Promote support within Greenpeace to advance program goals.

Support/ Coaching/ Leadership

  • Provide team leadership. Manage, motivate and facilitate the work of staff. Inspire and encourage staff to be innovative in all aspects of their work. Determine priorities, assign responsibilities and supervise staff.
  • Recruit and line manage program staff. Build staff’s competency. Identify staff training needs based on the needs of the program as well as the development pathway of the staff. Manage performance of staff and tackle performance issues.
  • Allocate staff to projects and provide knowledge-based guidance to design and implementation of projects. Coordinate staff capacity according to program priorities. When required as task giver of specific projects, need to ensure the project is resourced and on track. Check-in with project leader and provide coaching and necessary support. Keep GPI and Steer group informed of the project status.
  • Provide expertise and strategic advice to management on all internal and external issues related to the responsible area.
  • Set and implement community development plan in responsible area. Recruit, cultivate and manage functional or issue communities to preserve and develop core expertise for the organization. Identify and implement any other ways (including but not limited to training) to enhance capacity within the organization in the responsible area (function / issues). Encourage knowledge sharing & learning culture.

Compliance/ Keeping Framework Conditions

  • Oversee budget and ensure that all expenditure is kept within the allocated budget. Ensure financial and administrative procedures are followed by the team.

Skill and expertise required

  • Familiarity in the social, political and cultural context of one of the geographical jurisdictions that GPEA operates.
  • Proven record of management capabilities

Work environment

  • The position works in a standard office environment, and is required to travel to other Greenpeace offices, campaign locations or locations where environmental problems require the presence of Greenpeace representatives.
  • The position may be required to work under pressure and in physically or mentally challenging situations.
  • Be on call after hours and on weekends as requested.

How to apply:

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to

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