WWF’s half-century of conservation success is rooted firmly in science; it informs and underpins everything we do. The scientific rigor we bring to our work is unmatched in the nonprofit conservation sector. The Global Science Team advances a coordinated WWF effort delivering science for tangible biodiversity conservation at the speed and scale commensurate with the trends of the world today.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Global Climate & Energy Lead Scientist. The Global Climate & Energy Lead Scientist (Lead Scientist) reports directly to the Chief Scientist and provides the scientific leadership for WWF’s Global Climate & Energy Practice. The Lead Scientist will be a key partner in the WWF Network-wide effort to advance WWF’s ambitious agenda, particularly in Nature-based Solutions for Climate. They will provide thought leadership, science direction for goal setting, scientific analysis in support of strategy development, and the management of internal and external science talent to support the Global Climate & Energy team. The Lead Scientist will sit on the WWF Global Science Leadership Team and will serve as a member of the Climate & Energy Practice Core Team for strengthening the vision and impact design of its initiatives and efforts and providing expertise and support for interdisciplinary analyses to advance cross-practice and cross-functional synergies. This is an unparalleled opportunity for a dynamic, strategic thinker who is passionate about WWF's mission and has demonstrated success in leading rigorous, applied scientific research with partners to support issues related to mitigation, adaptation, and risks associated with climate change, as well as the political and financial opportunities for action such as in the realms of nature-based solutions and carbon markets.
Never before has the planet faced environmental threats of the scale and urgency we see today. But as we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown, we also find ourselves in a unique time of extraordinary opportunity for change. There is renewed focus on the connection between climate stability, the health of nature, and human well-being and the subsequent call to integrate global policies and actions to rebuild the global economy in a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable manner. The pace and scale of this transition will dictate success or failure for nature, climate change, and sustainable development. As the largest conservation organization in the world, WWF is determined to capitalize on this momentum to lead the way in the planning, financing, and implementation of scalable solutions including Nature-based Solutions projects. Success requires a candidate with intellectual depth to understand the political opportunity and who will energetically embrace it to produce solutions for the WWF Network at the intersection of science and practice.
Position responsibilities include
Qualified candidates will possess critical competencies that include
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