World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Director, Large Initiatives & Infrastructure on the Freshwater team based in Washington, DC. The Freshwater team has four primary initiatives that work to ensure the conservation of water for people and nature around the world – Free-Flowing Rivers, the Pantanal, Corporate Water Stewardship, and Water in North America, specifically working on the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo river basin. The Senior Director position will lead and support development and implementation of large-scale and transboundary projects across the Freshwater team and will also support WWF’s broader efforts related to ensuring sustainable infrastructure planning, development, and investment globally.
The Senior Director position will provide strategic leadership, management, coordination, and oversight of large-scale, water-related initiatives and investments within WWF-US and the network, especially those targeted in priority freshwater ecosystems and river basins. This position will also drive the development and execution of new, large-scale initiatives that aim to scale up and out WWF’s work and impact, leveraging partnerships, financing, and resources of others, including bilateral and multilateral donors, private sector and others. The Senior Director will support work to develop WWF framework and guidelines for sustainable water infrastructure development, including system-scale planning and early stage design of large-scale infrastructure investments, and prefeasibility and feasibility stage analysis, particularly related to water (including water for agriculture), to mitigate negative impacts on the environment, ecosystems and biodiversity, and to ensure they are resilient to climate change. The Senior Director will also work with network leads to support the strategic development of a portfolio of public-private partnerships and “bankable water projects” using blended finance mechanisms in key geographies. The Senior Director will work within a sustainable development context, especially for water infrastructure development, ensuring the balanced need of people and nature, conservation and biodiversity.