Senior Program Officer GCF Accredited Entity - 21018

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 10 months ago(12/8/2020 5:10 PM)
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Program Officer (SPO) for its Green Climate Fund (GCF) Accredited Entity team. The SPO engages and coordinates national governments, donor country agencies, private sector entities and WWF Offices in designing small ($10m-$50m) and medium ($50m-$250m) size projects for submission to the Green Climate Fund that assist developing countries in addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation challenges.


  • Project Development: Turning a pipeline of project ideas into submission-ready Funding Proposals is the major focus of this role. Oversee and guide planning and development of WWF GCF projects and programs through the GCF project cycle in coordination with WWF offices, governments, GCF Secretariat, and other key partners; Provide strategic GCF and technical guidance for successful project design; Coordinate and ensure compliance of WWF and GCF standards throughout project development; 
  • Implementation: Supervise, and provide implementation support of, WWF GCF projects in coordination with WWF offices, governments, and other key partners; Support project teams in adaptive management, troubleshooting, reporting, and other implementation management duties; Coordinate and ensure compliance of WWF and GCF standards throughout project implementation; Complete GCF Accredited Entity project reporting;
  • Representation: Represents WWF’s GCF Accredited Entity with the GCF Secretariat including in project consultation sessions, technical supervision missions, national structured dialogues, GCF-convened regional and thematic workshops, and key international events.
  • Capacity-building: Builds capacity of select WWF Offices, government agencies, and other key partners to engage in GCF political processes and technical designs; Provides expert guidance on the application of GCF policies, procedures and tools for the development of transformative climate projects in line with GCF priorities;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Six to Eight years of progressively responsible work experience. Relevant fields: climate adaptation science, climate policy, business, finance, international development. Three to Five years with an advanced degree preferred.
  • Proven success negotiating complex agreements with governments and institutions in developing and middle-income countries
  • Track record of developing large bilateral and/or multilateral funded projects, preferably with private sector components.
  • Exceptional project development and project management/supervision experience is essential.
  • Relentless focus on delivery; ability to operate with independence to solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple initiatives with competing priorities and under deadline pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with teams across cultures and multiple time zones.
  • Street smart; able to navigate complex issues and organizational complexity; execute high quality work in a timely way without drama.
  • Technical expertise and experience in one of the following: climate change adaptation, marine/coastal planning and development, agricultural development and food security in developing countries, freshwater ecosystems
  • Experience developing GCF projects and knowledge of GCF policies and project cycle management is highly desired.
  • Expertise on private sector finance instruments is highly desired.
  • Fluency in Spanish is highly desired.
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #21018
  • 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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