Food & Agriculture Campaigner(2 positions) - Beijing

Job - 2014-08-29
We are currently seeking a cross-disciplinary and dedicated professional to be part of our Food & Agriculture Campaign team in China. The Food & Agriculture team is campaigning for a shift from our current destructive chemical intensive agriculture model to one that centers on ecological agriculture in China, which ensures we grow enough healthy food not only for us but also for future generations without harming the environment.

Greenpeace stands for positive change through action: Our courage, independence and global reach help us defend nature and promote peace.

Thank you for your interest in applying for this Toxics Campaigner role. We hope that this pack gives you an overview of who we are and what we do, plus details of the job and the people you will be working with. Everyone who works for Greenpeace is passionate about what we are trying to achieve. We have big ambitions for our work and we believe it is an immensely rewarding and inspiring place to work.
Who We Are

Mission of Greenpeace
Greenpeace stands for positive change through action. Our courage, independence and global reach help us defend nature and promote peace.

History of Greenpeace
In 1971, motivated by their vision of a green and peaceful world, a small team of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada, in an old fishing boat. Their goal was to protest peacefully against U.S nuclear testing in Amchitka, a tiny island off the West Coast of Alaska. Amchitaka is one of the world's most earthquake-prone regions and home to endangered animals.
Greenpeace East Asia has been set up in since 1997 to fight climate change, stop toxic pollution, ensure food security, end illegal deforestation and defend the oceans.
Greenpeace East Asia has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei and Seoul. Environmental problems know no borders, and Greenpeace recognizes the importance of regional offices that work together to achieve effective solutions for a sustainable future.
Surging economic development in East Asia has brought widespread prosperity, but has also taken a severe environmental toll, both regionally and in the world. Greenpeace is committed to ensuring a green development pathway together with the people of this region.

The Food & Agriculture Campaign Team

The Food and Agriculture team is consisted of a group of friendly, passionate, hard-working and idealist people. The team is a center of positive energy and fun in Greenpeace East Asia office.

Here we share the vision of an ecological agriculture system, which protects the environment, sustains a decent life for the local communities, and provide safe and healthy food for people. Together we investigate and expose the environmental/human cost and food safety scandals of the over use of pesticide and chemical fertilizer, the risk of GMOs; we confront the industrial and political power which profit from the chemical-intensive agricultural model; we mobilize the public and take direct action to create positive change; and we lobby for policy/investment that support ecological farming practices.  

The Post of Food & Agriculture Campaigner

There are few routine tasks for the job. One day you might be in the countryside doing investigation and talking with farmers. The other day you might need to make a keynote speech at an international conference or negotiate with a multinational corporation.

Together with the team, you need to strategically plan campaign projects which can deliver real change; conduct desktop research and investigate in the field; build alliance with various stakeholders; be creative in designing communication materials and public activities; answer media and public inquiries; and lobby for positive policy changes.

It is going to be a very challenging but rewarding job. And Greenpeace will provide a variety of training and staff development programs to help people grow.

Who We Are Looking For

We are looking for people who are dedicated to protecting the environment and achieving social justice, and share Greenpeace’s values.

The right candidates need to be
-    Proved to be a very fast learner, can obtain the expertise of an issue in short period of time;
-    Able to think strategically, and creatively;
-    Hold a positive attitude under pressure;
-    Good team player;
-    Self-motivated;
-    Fluent in both English and Chinese;
-    Experience owledge in marketing, communication or in agricultural field as a plus.

Job Description

Job title: Campaigner

Valid from: 01 June 2014

Job grade: 3 Reports to: Assistant Campaign Manager/Campaign Manager

Line manages: None

Overall purpose of the job

The Campaigner provides specialized campaign expertise in Greenpeace’s ongoing or emerging campaign project works and is directly involved in the development and implementation of campaign project plans, under the leadership of the project leader. The Campaigner will also work with external stakeholders to further Greenpeace’s campaign goals.


Major functions / responsibilities

-Conceptual tasks, Strategy development and/or Project management

-Work with project teammates to develop and implement effective project plans and strategies to bring positive changes to an environmental problem.

-Provide campaign expertise with respect to a specialized campaign issue. Stay abreast of the latest developments of the issues.


-Research, investigate and analyze a wide range of specialized material on campaign issues and strategies.

-Respond to public inquiries about campaign issues and other matters. Prepare materials and publications. Attend and/or organize conferences.

-Represent Greenpeace in front of traditional and new media (if required) to expose environmental problems and advocate for positive solutions.

-Maintain active liaison with key stakeholders in specific campaign issue(s). Actively seek out and participate in discussions with influential individuals and groups. Communicate and engage with inter-governmental bodies, government officials and corporate representatives related to the issue(s).

Support/ Coaching/ Leadership

Coordinate among different departments and offices within Greenpeace to advance campaign goals. Work with other teammates to organize actions, activities and other events. Make presentations and respond to public speaking requests. Initiate engagement with strategically targeted groups.

Compliance/ Keeping Framework Conditions

-Evaluate project progress and shortcomings at designated points of evaluation. Complete evaluation reports if required.

-Responsibly direct and control project spending. Create reasonable budgets at the beginning of project life cycle and oversee budgetary issues throughout project implementation.

Competency profile

Organization competencies

-Professionalism, in particular demonstrated ability to deliver projects on time and within budget


-Interpersonal relationship

-Knowledge sharing

-Values diversity


Functional competencies


-Fluency in written and spoken English

-Knowledge and/or experience in New Media, in particular: … Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, WeChat or other new media platforms

-Understanding of the media advocacy needs of a campaigning organisation

-Awareness and knowledge of ecological situation (global and regional/national)

-Understanding of the roles that science, politics, economics, industry, media and social change play in campaigning.

-Knowledge and/or experience in (at least) one of the Greenpeace campaign themes

-Skills in written and verbal communication

-Knowledge and/or experience in PowerPoint

-Knowledge and/or experience in Excel

-Fluency in written and spoken native language

Method related

-Work under pressure

-Public speaking

-Project management

-Analytical skills

-Presentation and reporting skills

-Planning & Organizing

-Budgeting (preparing, presenting, monitoring)

Social/self competencies

-Being a team player

Leadership competencies

-Strategic Orientation


-Commitment to the mission, principles and values of Greenpeace

-Commitment to, and demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team

-Ability to work unsupervised, in a rapidly changing environment

-Ability to operate and lead under pressure and in physically or mentally challenging situations

-Ability to function effectively under public scrutiny

Specific 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.



Working Hours

Conditioned working hours is 37.5 hours/ week from Monday to Friday.


 Annual Leave System


Year of service completed in Greenpeace worldwide

No. of entitlement in a year

1st year


2nd year


3rd year


4th year


5th year


6th year


7th year or above



Greenpeace offers Social Insurance, Housing Provident Funds, and supplementary commercial insurance package during employment. Further details about these benefits will be provided if appointed.

Learning and Development

Greenpeace offers a combination of in house and external training opportunities throughout the year. Greenpeace also offers study leave for courses related to your work and assistance is available for relevant further education qualifications. For further information on learning and development opportunities please speak to the Staff Development Team.

How to Apply

Please send your CV, a covering letter written both in English and Chinese to

CLOSING DATE: 03/10/2014

Your CV should outline your skills and experience, and include contact details of two referees. We will not take up references until a job offer has been made.

Your covering letter is the most important part of your application. It should be used to tell us how you meet the selection criteria listed on the person specification. Draw particular attention to experience, skills, achievements and knowledge gained in past employment or other activities which are relevant to the job. It may be easiest to use the headings relating to the requirements detailed in the person specification and demonstrate how you meet them. Please ensure your covering letter is no more than 4 pages long (4 sides of A4).

As we receive a large number of applications for our advertised vacancies we are unable to respond to those applicants who have not been shortlisted and we apologise for this in advance.

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