Lead, Belize Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) - 22079

Job Locations BZ-Belmopan
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/16/2021 4:36 PM)
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Lead, Belize Project Finance for Performance (PFP). 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.



Main Function

The PFP Lead will act as the lead for the Belize PFP deal team and ensure that all actions necessary to develop the PFP, as well as the final agreement are aligned with key stakeholders in Belize, including the Government, international investors, civil society, and local communities. S/He is the owner of the agreement closing and disbursement conditions, and thus responsible for developing a transaction acceptable to all parties. Ultimately, the PFP Lead is responsible for delivering successful closing of a Belize PFP by 2025. The PFP Lead reports to the WWF Guatemala / Mesoamerica Country Director (WWF CD) for administrative purposes and to both the WWF CD and the Earth for Life (EFL) Focal Point[1] for the purposes of developing and closing the Belize PFP deal.


Key Responsibilities:


Coordination of PFP Deal Team:

Oversees implementation of the PFP Deal workplan with the support of a professional facilitator to drive timely implementation by leading regular team meetings, identifying and following up on deliverables and addressing obstacles. Coordinates workplan follow-up with professional project management support. Manages the budget for the PFP development phase. Maintains effective communication amongst PFP team members; reviews and provides input on team’s work products and deliverables. Facilitates technical expertise and consultancies as required by team


Liaison between PFP Deal Team and EFL Focal Point and the WWF CD:

Keeps the WWF CD and the EFL focal point informed about progress and challenges. Elevates issues/obstacles as needed jointly to WWF CD and EFL Focal Point for resolution or intervention by WWF senior management. Works jointly with WWF CD and EFL Focal Point to gain their approval of major decisions and key documents regarding the PFP – including staffing of deal team positions, MOUs, conservation plan, financial model, definition of closing conditions and determination that they are met, funding proposals, definition of disbursement conditions, operating manual, and closing agreements.


Owner of Closing Conditions of Deal:

Uses judgement and experience to recommend jointly to WWF CD and EFL Focal Point when agreed upon closing conditions should be modified. Uses judgement and experience to recommend jointly to WWF CD and EFL Focal Point when the closing conditions have in aggregate been satisfied and deal should move to closing.


Communications & Fundraising:

Oversees the preparation of briefing materials and internal communication on the PFP. Provides guidance to communicators on the content of internal and external communications. Specifically engages with national stakeholders during PFP development phase and communicates transparently. Oversees the preparation of proposals and fundraising materials for PFP development costs and capitalization for donors, as required, each in coordination with the fundraising specialist on the Deal Team. Provides status updates to internal fundraising and donor stewardship teams on a regular basis and as requested by them. Contributes to successful stewardship of donor investments/grants through preparation of grant reports and other required donor communications.


Lessons Learned:

Identifies and shares lessons learned with EFL Team to improve other PFP projects. Engages with the broader PFP and conservation finance community as opportunities arise to benefit from and contribute to the growing body of experiences and lessons learned regarding PFPs.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Citizen of Belize or from another country with residence and working permit in Belize.


  • A Bachelor’s or Master's degree in a relevant field such as biological sciences, natural resources management, social science, business administration, economics, or international development is preferred.


  • Position requires minimum 8 years of experience in relevant professional fields, which can be focused on development or natural resources or economics with demonstrated success in developing and managing complex projects and teams.

  • Extensive work experience in Belize is necessary.

  • Project management experience.

  • Knowledge of WWF planning and reporting procedures, standards, and fund-raising processes are added value.

Skills and Abilities

  • Proven ability, experience, and inter-personal skill in networking with governments, international organizations, donors, and stakeholders is required.

  • Proven diplomatic skills and a desire to work in multi-cultural and national frameworks.

  • Comfort working in a dynamic environment in which priorities can change rapidly.

  • Strong collaboration and communication skills.

  • Positive attitude and ability to inspire others.

  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of complex technical information and communicate that to diverse audiences (donors, external partners, internal stakeholders).

  • Flexibility and problem-solving skills required.

  • Ability to analyze, prioritize, complete work with minimal supervision, and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to facilitate the work of others, take initiative, use independent judgment, and work effectively as the member of a team.

  • Ability to communicate fluently in English.

  • Conversational Spanish would be an added value but is not required.

  • Ability to travel within Belize and internationally (once it is safe enough to resume such travel).

  • 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.


Application Deadline: December 3, 2021


To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #22079
  • 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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