Senior Program Officer, Conservation Areas - 22051

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 1 week ago(10/12/2021 4:46 PM)
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, is making a concerted effort to contribute to the post-2020 area-based conservation (ABC) targets that are likely to be adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2021 or 2022. To this end, WWF-US is establishing a new initiative on 30x30. It has developed new principles for its ABC approach, is currently deeply reviewing ABC in selected landscapes and seascapes, and is scaling up its efforts to work with teams in its priority places to enhance ABC for nature and nature’s services to people for current and future conditions. This important work takes a science-based approach and includes improved management effectiveness of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs); renovation of degraded areas; redesign of both landscapes/seascapes and individual areas; and expansion to new areas. Throughout this work, WWF ensures an inclusive, equitable approach that respects the rights and aspirations of Indigenous peoples and local communities. The programs promote sound governance practices, support populations in reaping enhanced benefits from their localities while adapting to changing conditions such as climate change and withstanding unwelcome external threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services. Combining this ABC effort with complementary work on durable finance including Project Finance for Permanence, the 30x30 Initiative team will promote long-term financing for networks of protected areas and OECMs.


WWF-US seeks to recruit a Senior Program Officer (SPO) for our Washington, DC office to support planning, coordination, communication, research and analysis, implementation and monitoring of program activities in the area-based conservation workstream under the new 30x30 Initiative. This workstream will support a portfolio of seascapes, landscapes and river basins, and the SPO will provide specific support to this process, managing specific components of the workstream while working closely with WWF-US goal and influence teams, place-based programs, and staff in other WWF offices.


WWF-US has had large past investments in area-based conservation in the Amazon region. Given the importance of this biome for global biodiversity, Indigenous peoples and local communities and stabilization of global climate, the Amazon is expected to remain a geographic priority for area-based conservation in the future. 


  • Participate in prioritization processes to identify key landscapes, seascapes and river-basins in WWF-US priority places with good opportunities for enhancing and advancing ABC work.
  • Advise and support area-based conservation assessments and rights holder/stakeholder analyses in specific landscapes/seascapes/river basins, including a focus on the Amazon region.
  • Strategically apply ABC tools and provide expert advice to support rights holder and stakeholder-led planning and review processes in specific landscapes/seascapes/river-basins including in the Amazon region, under the guidance of the Senior Director, Conservation Areas and Senior Director, ARPA; further advise on implementation, monitoring and revising of plans.
  • Develop, plan and implement components of new and ongoing projects and grants in relation to ABC, including a focus on the Amazon region. Work with project personnel, grantees, consultants, and other goal team staff to facilitate coordination, communication, and regular reporting for current projects.
  • Facilitate the development of reports and communication materials for team projects and provide regular updates on progress.
  • As directed by the Senior Director, Conservation Areas, conduct specific capacity building and learning activities, monitor and analyze new technical information, policies, tools, and global trends related to area-based conservation; document learning from projects and develop guidance and facilitate knowledge exchanges.
  • Co-develop fundraising proposals and manage grants to support ABC activities. Provide support to goal teams and place-based bundle teams to incorporate ABC concepts. Prepare and/or finalize scopes of work, budgets, and administrative information for contracts and to ensure compliance with donor requirements.
  • Travel to project field locations, providing relevant technical analysis, capacity-building, and workshop planning and logistical support. Assist field offices in integrating ABC approaches in WWF priority places.
  • As directed by the Senior Director, Conservation Areas, represent the 30x30 Initiative, the Amazon Program and WWF at workshops and conferences.
  • Interacts daily with other program staff and departments to advise and coordinate project activities or to obtain and disseminate information.
  • Interacts regularly with representatives of WWF-International, other WWF offices and associate organizations, grantees, and consultants. Communicates with representatives of conservation organizations, universities, NGOs, corporations, and/or government agencies.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 6 to 8 years professional experience or 3 to 5 years with an advanced degree in natural resource management, conservation, or landscape or regional planning. Additional qualification in international development is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of biodiversity and conservation issues in the Amazon, and work experience in one or more Amazon countries with conservation area planning and management is essential 
  • Work experience in community-based conservation preferred.
  • Preference given to candidates who are multilingual; Fluent in English with Spanish and/or Portuguese required.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and produce high-quality work under time constraints.  
  • Excellent organizational and project leadership skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a matrixed team environment.  
  • Strong analytical skills.  
  • Strong project management skills.  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required, including effective public speaking and the ability to communicate complex issues both verbally and in written form.  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to communicate effectively with constituents at all levels using courtesy, tact and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of proposal development, budgeting, and monitoring donor compliance.  
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).  
  • Sense of humor.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #22051
  • 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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