Senior Program Officer, Environmental & Social Safeguards - 21067

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 4 months ago(6/3/2021 12:00 PM)
# of Openings


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Program Officer, Environmental and Social Safeguards based at our Washington, DC office. The SPO will manage safeguards for a portfolio of projects working with the Lead Specialist and Senior Director to oversee all safeguards related functions of WWF’s growing WWF Global Environment Facility (GEF) and WWF Green Climate Fund (GCF) portfolio in Washington, DC within the Integration and Performance team.


  • Produces and evaluates information and analyses on environment and social safeguard aspects in developing WWF policies, strategies and programs.
  • Takes responsibility for safeguards aspects of project preparation missions, as needed, and provides relevant inputs on environment and social safeguards, including preparation of terms of reference for environment and social impact assessments and necessary environment and social safeguard planning documents.
  • Oversees environment and social safeguard review and technical support to project implementation teams to enhance project quality and compliance on WWF’s environment and social safeguards policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for ensuring that project teams prepare appropriate frameworks, plans and actions to address these issues during project development and implementation.
  • Leads project/safeguard review/supervision missions to assess compliance on WWF’s environment and social safeguard policies and procedures, guidelines, recommendations in safeguard planning documents, and related grant agreements and address implementation issues identified during project implementation.
  • Manages reviews on progress/monitoring reports on environment and social safeguards for ongoing projects.
  • Liaises with government, civil society, other international/local organizations, and other project stakeholders.
  • Undertakes related assignments as needed.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required in a related field, such as in natural resources management, international development, anthropology and/or conservation policy.
  • Position requires 6 to 8 years of experience in biodiversity conservation and natural resources management, as well as an understanding of international conservation issues. A graduate degree in a related field is preferred will substitute for 2 years of experience.
  • Understanding of the environment and social safeguards (particularly involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples) policies and procedures of multilateral development organizations.
  • Strong capacity to communicate with government agencies, local communities, civil societies and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to work on complex projects with minimal supervision and operate with independence, under pressure, to meet deadlines and commitments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and teamwork, including ability to develop rapport in a multicultural environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Experience working international development projects is desired.
  • Fluency in Spanish or French languages is desired.
  • 25% travel required for international field sites when COVID restrictions are lifted.
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration

Applications should be submitted no later than June 24th, 2021


To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #21067
  • 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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