Country Director, WWF-Bhutan - 22073

Job Locations BT-Thimphu
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(11/4/2021 5:55 PM)
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Country Director, for our office in Bhutan. We are looking to hire a passionate, creative, and dedicated professional, always willing to push the boundaries, a great team player and overall, a good human being, who understands and appreciates the value of leading by example.


We are driven by the WWF Core Values:

COURAGE - We demonstrate courage through our actions, we work for change where it’s needed, and we inspire people and institutions to tackle the greatest threats to nature and the future of the planet, which is our home.

INTEGRITY - We live the principles we call on others to meet. We act with integrity, accountability, and transparency, and we rely on facts and science to guide us and to ensure that we learn and evolve.

RESPECT - We honor the voices and knowledge of people and communities that we serve, and we work to secure their rights to a sustainable future.

COLLABORATION - We deliver impact at the scale of the challenges we face through the power of collective action and innovation.


Major Function

The Country Director provides vision and leadership for WWF Bhutan and effective high-level representation of WWF with key audiences in the country and the Asia Pacific region and beyond, and with international partners and funders. Leverages the WWF Network’s resources  and capacity to strengthen and empower the country office to deliver high impact  conservation results that contribute to WWF’s global goals and priorities,  mobilize human and financial resources to advance WWF’s mission,  and enhance WWF’s positioning and recognition as a leading conservation organization in the country.


The Country Director provides effective leadership in guiding the   strategic direction for the organization  in Bhutan,  ensures that WWF’s Mission is aligned with Bhutan’s national context and conservation policies to achieve WWF’s objectives, and manages the organization for the  successful accomplishment of key strategies.   This position has overall  accountability for assuring operational excellence, effective risk management, and compliance with WWF's policies, procedures, standards and local requirements.


  • Oversees the planning and implementation of WWF Bhutan’s integrated strategy providing focus, direction and a culture of integration to ensure the delivery of high-level conservation impacts and advancement of WWF’s Global conservation goals and supporting efforts of Bhutan’s conservation plans and policies.
  • Builds and maintains a positive organizational culture that aligns with WWF values and promotes transparency, open communication and collaboration throughout the organization. Leads WWF Bhutan´s organizational development process to consolidate and strengthen organizational capacities in line with WWF Bhutan’s strategy. Identifies  and develops talented team members to  lead critical strategic business functions.
  • Liaises and coordinates with the SVP, US Country Offices to develop and execute a viable fundraising strategy with Multilateral financing Institutions, Bilateral and Multilateral agencies, WWF National Organisations, Government Agencies, Foundations, Corporate, and private donors, thereby ensuring a financially sustainable office that is able to generate and secure a diversified funding pipeline to support the conservation priorities and effective functioning of the office.
  • Ensures the Office is accountable and able to identify, monitor and manage organizational risk.  Ensures that WWF US and/or WWF Network policies, procedures and standards for operational, financial, personnel and administrative systems and outputs are implemented in WWF Bhutan .
  • Establishes and oversees a monitoring and evaluation system to measure the performance of the country office towards its strategic plan and reports regularly to the Senior Vice President, US Country Offices.
  • Ensures timely technical and financial information from WWF Bhutan to donors, WWF-US, WWF-International and all relevant parts of the WWF Network according to agreed standards.
  • Ensures that WWF Bhutan co-operates with financial, operational and programmatic audits and follows-up in a timely manner on audit recommendations and ensures compliance with WWF-US and/or WWF-International Board policies, procedures and standards.
  • Establishes an effective internal communication system to ensure that all staff working for WWF Bhutan are fully informed of WWF’s Mission, conservation architecture and strategic approaches and kept informed of new developments, policies and procedures as and when they arise.
  • Establishes leadership for effective external communications mechanisms in Bhutan and informs results and achievements to WWF-US Country Office Unit, network, donors, partners and others.
  • Provides leadership for WWF Bhutan´s engagement with partners and policy advocacy including with private sector, government, international cooperation, NGOs and others.
  • Ensure good working relations with concerned government agencies and other partners in Bhutan and oversee positioning of the country office in support of country priorities.
  • Establishes and maintains strong working relationships with key individuals and conservation and development entities (local, national, regional, and international) regarding WWF’s position and general information. Participates in forums, workshops and conferences on behalf of WWF to build and nurture transformative/ strategic partnerships.
  • Responsible for assuring the coordination and delivery of WWF’s Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) ensuring the management of risk in the overall portfolios and that safeguards are implemented to WWF standards on all projects within defined landscapes and seascapes. The Country Director is ccountable to the CEO, WWF-US for implementing the ESSF in-country and for ensuring that risks and mitigating strategies are approved and included in relevant projects, that a Grievance Redressal Mechanism is established and that timely and effective measures are taken to ensure compliance.
  • Supports Regional or subregional work and performs other duties as requested by the SVP, US Country Offices and LAC Secretariat
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • An advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in Conservation, Natural Sciences, Management, International Development, Policy,  Sustainability or a related field.  Higher academic qualifications may be substituted by relevant work experience.
  • Proven experience of minimum 10 years in higher management positions in NGOs (preferable) managing a large group of staff. Technical proficiency in the field of Conservation, Natural-Resource Management or International Development, with demonstrated success in managing multi-disciplinary teams and networks and successful outcomes in public relations..
  • Ability to work in a non partisan approach
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively with local communities, governments, and the private/corporate sector to build partnerships and achieve common objectives.
  • Ability to work effectively with local communities, governments and private/corporate sector.
  • Strong knowledge of the country’s political, social and economic context with credible and ethical standing in the society.
  • Proven capacity to lead the operations of an organization: financial resources, strategic planning, policy influencing, projects planning, fundraising, budget implementation and evaluation etc.
  • Able to demostrate the following leadership competences:
  • Establishing & Executing Strategic Direction
  • Leading Change
  • Building Organizational Talent
  • Driving for Results
  • Selling the Vision
  • Coaching/ Managing Performance
  • Empowering/ Delegating
  • Influencing Others
  • Innovating
  • Excellent ability to communicate well, motivate their team, handle and delegate responsibilities, listen to feedback, encourage teamwork, critical thinking and have the flexibility to solve problems in an ever-changing workplace.
  • 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.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Dzongkha are required.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume in English through our Careers Page,  Requisition #22073, by January 31, 2022.
  • 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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