• Country Office Director Bhutan

    Job Locations BT
    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/5/2019 9:29 AM)
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  • Overview



    The Country Director provides vision and leadership for the WWF Country Office in Bhutan and effective high-level representation of WWF with key audiences in the country and the region. Leverage WWF Network’s capital and capacity to strengthen and empower the country office on its conservation delivery, resource mobilisation, and enhancing WWF’s positioning and recognition as one of the leading conservation organization in the country.


    The Country Director manages, takes responsibility and gives strategic direction to all activities of WWF presence in Bhutan to ensure that WWF’s Mission is aligned with Bhutan’s conservation policies and strategies are successfully accomplished, ensuring, accountability, operational excellence, effective risk management and compliance with WWF's policies, procedures, standards and local requirements.




    • Oversees the implementation of WWF (country) ´s integrated strategy providing focus, direction and a culture of integration to ensure the delivery of high-level conservation impacts and advancement of WWF’s Global conservation goals and supporting efforts of Bhutan’s conservation plans and policies.
    • In close liaison with the SVP, US Country Offices and LAC Secretariat, participates in key fundraising strategies with Multilateral Institutions, Bilateral and Multilateral cooperation, National Organisations, Government Agencies, Foundations, Corporate, and private donors ensuring a financially sustainable office that is able to generate and secure a diversified funding pipeline to support their conservation strategy.
    • Ensures the Office is accountable and able to identify, monitor and manage organizational risk.  Ensures that WWF US and/or WWF Network policies, procedures and standards for operational, financial, personnel and administrative systems and outputs are implemented in the Bhutan country office.
    • Establishes and oversees a monitoring and evaluation system to measure the performance of the country office towards its strategic plan and reports regularly to the Senior Vice President, US Country Offices and LAC Secretariat.
    • Ensures timely technical and financial information from Bhutan Country Office to donors, WWF-US, WWF-International and all relevant parts of the WWF Network according to agreed standards.
    • Ensures that the WWF office in Bhutan co-operates with financial, operational and programmatic audits and follows-up in a timely manner on audit recommendations and ensures compliance with WWF-US and/or WWF-International Board policies, procedures and standards.
    • Establishes an effective internal communication system to ensure that all staff working for WWF Bhutan are fully informed of WWF’s Mission, conservation architecture and strategic approaches and kept informed of new developments, policies and procedures as and when they arise.
    • Establishes leadership for effective external communications mechanisms in Bhutan and informs results and achievements to WWF-US Country Office Unit, network, donors, partners and others.
    • Leads WWF Bhutan´s organizational development process, ensuring consolidation and strengthening of organizational capacities in line with needs of new strategy.
    • Provides leadership for WWF Bhutan´s engagement with partners and policy advocacy including with private sector, government, international cooperation, NGOs and others.
    • Ensure good working relations with concerned government agencies in Bhutan and oversee positioning of the country office in support of country priorities.
    • Establishes and maintains strong working relationships with key individuals and conservation and development entities (local, national, regional, and international) regarding WWF’s position and general information. Participates in forums, workshops and conferences on behalf of WWF.
    • Responsible for assuring the coordination and delivery of WWF’s Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) ensuring the management of risk in the overall portfolios and that safeguards are implemented to WWF standards on all projects within defined landscapes and seascapes. The Country Director is Accountable to the CEO, WWF-US for implementing the ESSF in-country and for ensuring that risks and mitigating strategies are approved and included in relevant projects, that a Grievance Redressal Mechanism is established and that timely and effective measures are taken to ensure compliance.
    • Supports Regional or subregional work and performs other duties as requested by the SVP, US Country Offices and LAC Secretariat



    • An advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in Conservation, Natural Sciences, Business Management, International Development, Policy, Sustainability or a related field. 
    • Higher academic qualifications may be substituted by relevant work experience.
    • Technical proficiency in the field of Conservation, Natural-Resource Management or International Development, with at least 10 years professional experience, with demonstrated success in managing multi-disciplinary teams and networks.
    • Proven experience of minimum 8 years in higher management position and successful outcomes in public relations.
    • Excellent leadership abilities and capacity to manage human and financial resources, strong skills in strategic planning, policy influencing, operations and finance, projects planning, fundraising, budget implementation and evaluation.
    • Ability to work effectively with local communities, governments and private/corporate sector.
    • Proven capacity to build teams, team work and deliver a team approach.
    • Strong knowledge of the country’s political, social and economic context with credible and ethical standing in the society.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Dzongkha are necessary.


    To Apply:

    • Submit cover letter and resume in English through our Careers Page by January 31,2020
    • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone



    As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.



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