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Asbestos Campaign Coordinator - Sydney / Melbourne

Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA
  • 12 months contract

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is the global justice organisation of the Australian trade union movement. We work globally in partnership for the achievement of dignity at work, social justice, economic equality and the realisation of human rights. We work to achieve this through strong unions and social movements, sustainable development programs, global solidarity, and support at times of crisis.


To coordinate the “Asbestos. Not here. Not Anywhere” campaign (hereafter the Campaign) as per the agreed Campaign strategic plan. The Campaign has Australian, International, and country level responsibilities, including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia and works in collaboration with a range of national and global trade unions, networks, groups and individuals.



  1. Advise and support campaign teams (APHEDA staff as applicable and partners) in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia in delivery of their agreed programs and activity plans, and in planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation.
  2. Represent Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA and the Campaign under direction of the Executive Officer to key donors and stakeholders such as DFAT, ACTU, ASEA and supporting Australian trade unions and support related aspects of the ASEA National Strategy as contracted.
  3. Analyse and promote the latest global evidence, good practice and research related to asbestos hazards and disease and coordinate with the campaigns’ ACTU technical specialist on asbestos and OSH in regard to specific imputes into campaign events and the provision of technical advice to teams and partners.
  4. Oversee all aspects of the ANCP funded aspects of the Campaign, including annual plans, annual reports and due diligence checks related to child protection, counter terrorism, and prevention of sexual exploitation and harassment.
  5. Support learning and exchanges through information sharing between ban asbestos network partners.
  6. Act as focal point for Union Aid Abroad APHEDA in asbestos campaign networks regionally and globally including BWI, ITUC, IBAS, ABAN and other development partners, such as WHO, ILO.
  7. Maintain and where possible build the donor base of the Campaign.
  8. Facilitate and support an asbestos delegation from SE Asia to visit Australia and take part in learning and technical exchange program.
  9. Facilitate focus on gender and disability inclusion within the Campaign


  1. Provide technical support to APHEDA Cambodia, the ILO and the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training to complete an update of Cambodia’s National Asbestos Profile, and to the drafting of a National Asbestos Eradication Action Plan.
  2. Support and advise APHEDA Cambodia in their efforts to strengthen the Cambodia Ban Asbestos Network (CAMBAN),
  3. Support and advise APHEDA Cambodia and the Building Woodworkers Trade Unions Cambodia in their efforts to raise awareness of asbestos hazards under the USAID Funded Labour Rights in Cambodia Project 2020-2024.
  4. Assist the Country Manager and the Mekong Region Organiser in liaison with Australian Embassy, Solidarity Centre, USAID and other stakeholders including Eurocham.


  1. Provide technical input to the development and implementation of National Action Plan on the Elimination of Asbestos Related Diseases.
  2. Support and advise APHEDA Lao in their efforts to establish and strengthen the Lao Ban Asbestos Network (LaoBAN).
  3. Assist CM in liaison with Australian Embassy and other stakeholders.


  1. Ensure maintenance of project cycle documentation: design, appraisal, risk, contracts, budgets, workplans, monitoring, evaluation, reports. Manage regular safeguarding procedures around counter-terrorism, fraud, PSEAH, child protection, health and security, environment.
  2. Support the campaign efforts for fundraising within Australia for the Indonesia asbestos campaign.

Selection criteria:


  • At least 5 years’ program or campaign management experience
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in international development context
  • Capable of working effectively in fast paced and challenging environments.
  • Demonstrated commitment to union values – fairness, compassion, equity and the dignity of workers – alongside a dedication to and good understanding of labour movement and social movement dynamics, including trade union development.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and leadership skills, an ability to represent Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA, to build and maintain relationships and networks effectively in support of Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA’s goals, and to make informed judgements about labour and community organising.
  • Understanding of child protection and ability to contribute to a child-safe organisation.
  • A team player, nonetheless with a demonstrated ability to work independently, within the context of a plan, and having a track record of achieving targets.
  • Computer literate, including good knowledge of office information technology applications, including spreadsheets, and presentation software.
  • Willingness to travel and work in SE Asia
  • Relevant degree or higher education qualification


  • Work experience in SE Asia

Reports to:

Executive Officer

Functional relationships:

International Program Manager, Mekong Regional Organiser, Country Managers of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, ACTU OSH specialist, partners and collaborating organisations.

Other terms:

  • Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA is committed to children protection and to the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation prevention. Selected candidate will be required to provide a criminal record check or a statutory declaration if a criminal record check is not existent in the country and a working with children check for all Australian citizens prior to commencement of employment for each country in which the candidate has lived for 12 months or longer over the last 5 years and for each of the candidate’s countries of citizenship. The selected candidate will also be asked to sign Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA Code of Conduct and Child Protection Code of Conduct.
  • This position will be based flexibly with a preference for Sydney or Melbourne and will involve up to 8 weeks’ travel, both in SE Asia and in Australia (conditional on COVID restrictions).
  • Terms and conditions of employment are as per the Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA Enterprise agreement and involve family friendly conditions.
  • The salary for this position is in the range is $81,644 - $98,611 (gross). Salary packaging is available for Australia-based positions.
  • 5 days/week at 37.5 hours/week (4 days/week will also be considered).
  • Superannuation @15%.
  • 4 weeks annual leave plus additional Xmas-New Year period.
  • This position is open to exceptional applicants living and working in SE Asia and outside of Australia.

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