World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading environment organizations, seeks an Executive Director, CARE-WWF Alliance. The preferred location is Washington, DC but we will consider other locations.
More than ten years ago, CARE and WWF formed an Alliance based on the recognition that environmental degradation and poverty cannot be successfully addressed in isolation. Inequality, climate change, and biodiversity loss are defining, related challenges for humanity that demand collective response. Even as human needs crowd out nature, degraded ecosystems undermine food and nutrition security. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement, and global biodiversity targets, the needs of vulnerable people who live in and depend on landscapes, seascapes, and watersheds must be integrated with biodiversity conservation. In addition, the scale, and the urgency of COVID-19, caused by an unsustainable relationship between people and nature, requires increased effort applied to these interrelated challenges.
Our Alliance has embraced objectives of climate-smart biodiversity conservation and gender-responsive socioeconomic development through a decade of work across three countries and two continents and is thus well positioned to convene dialogue and drive solutions at this nexus. As the world looks toward setting sustainable development, climate, and biodiversity targets for 2030, the Alliance can bring a decade of experience to these dialogues, starting with a focus on the UN Food Systems Summit process in which both WWF and CARE have leading roles.
We are currently seeking an Executive Director to help support the collaboration between the two organizations and further our shared missions for conservation of nature and alleviation of poverty.
The Executive Director (ED) of the Alliance will be responsible for refreshing the strategic vision for the Alliance and working with a small working group drawn from both organizations to develop and implement a rolling two- to three-year plan to realize that vision. The role will require strategic leadership to develop and promote our joint programmatic agenda in a way that influences thinking, policy, and practice both across our respective networks and with external partners (e.g., civil society, private sector, and government). The ED will work closely with program leadership in both organizations to ensure that knowledge, evidence, and lessons learned from our joint programs and from our respective organizational strengths are captured and communicated to facilitate adoption and integration into each organization’s work beyond our shared efforts. Importantly, a key part of the ED’s role will be to work with program and technical leaders to identify innovative and groundbreaking concepts and models that will appeal to donors interested in conservation and development outcomes and to partner with the fundraising teams at both organizations to raise new financial support for the work of the Alliance.
The ED will report to the Chief Operating Officer of WWF with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the Vice President of Program Strategy & Impact at CARE.
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.