World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Vice President, Durable Conservation and Finance.
The Montreal Biodiversity Agreement and Paris Climate Agreement brought the nations of the world together to solve the twin problems of biodiversity loss and climate change, and to do so in a way that honors the rights of Indigenous communities and that harnessesblended sources of financing to ensure that the impact of initiatives and investments remain durable over time.
The conservation of nature looms large in both respects. Not only does deforestation and land use contribute an estimated one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, but habitat loss and degradation is the largest driver of biodiversity loss across the world.
Over the past 10 years WWF hasbuilt an area of expertise in Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) work, and a portfolio of national-scale projects in countries including Brazil, Bhutan, Peru, and Colombia to address the loss of nature ata scale that matters.PFPs have three hallmarks:
- Working with governments, civil society, and local communities on nationwide efforts to expand and sustain conservation areas (comprising protected areas, Indigenous reserves, sustainable use lands,and Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures [OECMs])using inclusive conservation approaches. This initiative supports Target 3 under the Convention on Biological Diversity’s post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Target 3 seeks to ensure that 30%of the world’s terrestrial, inland water, and marine areas are under effective protection and management by the year 2030.
- Harnessing blended financing needed to underwrite these efforts ranging from philanthropy, bilateral and multilateral support, market-based financing, and other mechanisms unique to each country.
- Making sure that the goals, commitments, and measures that underpin these efforts ensure accountability, and are monitored and adapted to make progress over time. All of this will be brought to a head through multi-party single closings, with closing conditions, and disbursement conditions designed to expand conservation toward Target 3.
More recently, WWF has built a core partnership known as Enduring Earth with The Nature Conservancy, Pew, and ZomaLabto advance on global conservation goals. This has brought in other partners including the Moore Foundation, Bezos Earth Foundation, Global Environment Facility, MAC Philanthropies, Wyss Foundation, and many other individual, bilateral, and multilateral institutions to create a movement and replicate this work widely. These efforts may constitute the largest single conservation initiative in the world, not just in scale of finance but also in terms of the scale of impact across protected area systems. It is an unparalleled opportunity to match country-level commitments to expanding and effectively managing conservation areas to external financing and support, and to deliver durable results at a scale that benefits biodiversity and climategoals.
The Senior Vice President manages this work, overseeing our PFP efforts across the world and serving as the WWF lead with the Enduring Earth partnership. The Senior Vice President will oversee WWF’s PFP deals and collaborate intensively with Enduring Earth partners to advance deals country by country that expand conservation areas. This will necessitate, amongst other things, bringing in coalitions of NGOs and investment partners, devising creative financing and capacity initiatives, creating local funds/special purpose vehicles to monitor and disburse funds on a performance basis, and creating tangible benefits for local and Indigenous communities.
Founded in 1961, WWF is a global non-governmental organization comprising the largest network of multinational conservations organizations in the world. With 6,500 staff globally, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by more than five million members worldwide. WWF acts at every level, from local to global, to ensure deliveryof innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. Its mission is toconserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.
WWF-US is the largest legal entity of the WWF global network, managing offices in the US,parts of Latin America, and parts of Africa and Asia. Headquartered in Washington, DC, it has 1.2 million members, over 1,200 employees worldwide, and program expenditures last year of more than $330 million. The organization is led by President & CEO Carter Roberts and governed by a 24-member Board of Directors(Leadership | WWF).
WWF’s Work on Conservation Areas
WWF is pursuing work in two areas relating to conservation areas: the Enduring Earth Partnership and Protected and Conserved Areas Strategy.
Enduring Earth Partnership
Enduring Earthis an ambitious collaboration of four institutions that works alongside nations and communities to accelerate and amplify conservation for a more sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous future for people and our planet. The initiative is built on the success of a model called Project Finance for Permanence (PFP).This approach secures long-term investment in conservation initiatives by tying full and sustained funding to measurable goals, including social and environmental gains. Projects are collaboratively designed, locally led, nationally supported, sustainably funded, and highly accountable, with the goal of inhibiting nature’s decline and producing robust conservation outcomes at a global scale.
Protected and Conserved Areas Strategy
Area-based conservation is part of WWF’s foundation and a consistent driver of our work, both past and present. The last meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Conference of Parties (CBD COP) set new biodiversity targets, including Target 3 on conservation areas. Meeting this target will require formally recognizing more areas that conserve terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity and provide ecosystem services for people, while ensuring ecological representation and connectivity, and promoting effective and equitable management. WWF-US’s approach to supporting efforts to achieve these targets brings together our deep expertise in landscape planning and management, protected areas management, climate adaptation and mitigation, and conservation finance, and a growing capacity in OECMs. It aims to secure nature and its benefits for people through inclusive, durable, and resilient systems of conservation areas The Protected and Conserved Areas Strategy effort is led by a senior staffer supported by a small team who work collaboratively with the Senior Vice Presidents for Forests, Oceans, Wildlife, and Global Science, who collectively support area-based conservation, protected areas, and OECMs in priority landscapes and seascapes.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Communications Specialist, Earth for Life.
The Communications Specialist plays an integral role to the communications function on the Earth for Life team, supporting internal and programmatic communications, and providing general communications support for the entire team. The Communications Specialist role is key to providing demand-driven communications support that aligns with long-term, large-scale area-based conservation priorities and showcasing the benefits these initiatives generate for communities, climate, and biodiversity.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Remote Sensing and Ecoinformatics Lead to join its Global Science team.
Help WWF revolutionize the way we build software for conservation, including ecosystem service modeling. The Remote Sensing and Ecoinformatics Lead will work with the Global Science team and the WWF network to develop and maintain software tools to accelerate conservation science. The Remote Sensing and Ecoinformatics Lead will have broad experience with software architecture and development, machine-learning and data science, cloud-based computing, and geospatial modeling. Understanding of conservation issues on global and local scales is an asset, as is experience working with multiple organizations to co-develop science and software tools to accelerate that science. The key roles of the Remote Sensing and Ecoinformatics Lead are to facilitate data processing for modeling, support the Biodiversity Lead Scientist in developing new methodologies and systems, and maintain and develop software to achieve conservation science goals.
**This position is a part-time position for a duration of 1 year only**
WWF, one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Assistant for a new conservation leadership fellowship that will develop the next generation of leaders to protect the world’s most vital ecosystems. The fellowship will provide long-term mentorship, camaraderie, and experiential learning to a diverse set of early-to-mid-career conservationists. The long-term goal of the fellowship is to build a vibrant community of leaders who are committed to protecting nature worldwide.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Chief of Party, Climate Resilient Agriculture in the Mekong Delta
WWF is seeking candidates for a Chief of Party (COP) for the proposed USAID-funded Climate Resilient Agriculture in the Mekong Delta program. This 5-year program, anticipated to start in November 2023, aims to advance low-emissions climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods, combined with biodiversity conservation, to support carbon sequestration, healthy ecosystems, and resilience of vulnerable communities in the Mekong Delta. This program will support an ongoing collaboration between USAID and the Vietnamese Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)
About Enduring Earth
Enduring Earth is an ambitious partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and ZOMALAB’s Global Permanence Fund intended to help governments around the world expand and sustainably protect Nature and benefit communities with the target to conserve more than 500 million hectares in 20 Project Finance for Permanence deals over the next 10 years.
Experts have identified the need to protect 30% of the world’s natural habitat for the benefit of people and nature. According to a recent report by the Paulson Institute, a major barrier to achieving this goal is long-term financing. Enduring Earth utilizes a proven model, known as Project Finance for Permanence (PFP), that employs private sector finance principles to ensure entire systems of protected areas are sustainably managed and financed.
Project Finance for Permanence has been used to protect more than 90M hectares of critical ecosystems. Examples of PFP deals include:
- Great Bear Rainforest: Where a PFP protected 8M hectares of old growth forest in British Columbia, helping to end the timber wars in Canada.
- Costa Rica: Where a PFP enabled the country to become the first developing nation to meet its 30% protected area goals; and
- Bhutan: Where a PFP helped put more than 50% of the entire nation under permanent conservation protection.
To date, a pipeline of 30+ new projects has been identified that will yield large scale protection of nature, strong benefits for people, and measurable climate impacts. These include creating new national parks in Chilean Patagonia; expanding marine protected areas in Belize; supporting community conservancy models in Namibia and Kenya; and creating Indigenous protected areas that return management rights to traditional owners in Colombia.
You’ll join a top-notch remote-first team and innovative partnership at the leading edge of biodiversity conservation and community economic development through the durable protection of land and ocean. The Strategy & Operations Manager will work within the Enduring Earth hub team, responsible for partnership operations, board and management team governance and strategy, and general program support in partnership with EE’s Deputy Director, the Managing Director, and across the Enduring Earth partnership at the highest levels. You will report to the Deputy Director and will engage in strategic projects in support of efficient and effective partnership operations and strategy, a robust and diverse project pipeline, and durable conservation initiatives globally.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Program Officer, Private Sector Engagement
The Senior Program Officer serves as a relationship and project manager, focused on the development and fostering of private sector relationships and conservation initiatives in support of the WWF Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Team. Core work includes contributing to strategic planning, executing agreements, providing coordination and oversight of budgets, and regular communications. This role provides key technical expertise in support of WWF private sector partnerships and engages with external stakeholders and internally across the organization to advance PSE team goals and WWF conservation priorities.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Director, Federal Climate Policy and Subnational Programs
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading environmental and conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Director, Federal Climate Policy and Subnational Programs. The Senior Director will lead the development and execution of WWF-US strategies for federal and sub-national action on climate policy, coalition building and communication. This position manages teams who work to influence the Federal Government on domestic and international climate finance as well as subnational engagement to support the U.S. energy transition. The Senior Director works in coordination with the Policy and Government Affairs team (PGA), Communication and Activism teams, and as a member of the Climate Management team.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Program Officer (SPO), GIS and Analytics for Nature Based Solutions.
The SPO works closely with the Director, Forest Climate Solutions Impact and Monitoring, several landscape focal points, and the WWF-US Forest Team in the design, impact assessment and monitoring, reporting, and verification of land-based climate change mitigation interventions in countries with tropical forests.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks an Assistant, Integrity & Risk. The Integrity & Risk team is a new and growing team at WWF that supports and promotes a culture of integrity, risk mitigation, and accountability.
This role provides administrative support to the team by helping to organize projects, maintaining confidential materials and assisting with tracking finances.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks an Outgoing Agreements (Grants) Associate Specialist.
In coordination with Technical Officers and Program Administrators, WWF’s Outgoing Agreements (Grants) Team plays a central role in supporting WWF’s conservation implementation partners. The outgoing agreements team members are responsible for administering grants, subgrants, and consulting agreements from issuance to closeout for their assigned portfolio of programs.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Philanthropy Writer, Donor Communications.
The Senior Philanthropy Writer contributes to the team’s production of high-level individual donor concepts, proposals, stewardship reports, and other products that will educate, inspire, and present a clear and compelling case for major and principal donor support of WWF’s conservation priorities. These donor-centric pieces must convey donor impact and the organization’s appreciation of transformational gifts. This position sits within the Donor Communications and Stewardship team in the Development Department’s Strategic Services division. (Hybrid work at Washington, DC HQ.)
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Director, Outgoing Agreements and Donor Financial Reporting
Provides strategic leadership and vision for WWF’s outgoing agreements and donor financial reporting functions. The Director, Outgoing Agreements and Donor Financial Reporting is a member of the Program Operations senior management team. Overall responsibility for the administration of HQ outgoing agreements to partners, consultants and WWF offices, ensuring that quality and timeliness standards are established and met. Oversees the HQ and USG portfolio for external donor financial reporting, invoicing, accounts receivable reconciliation, and assigned audit responsibilities, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and the completeness of supporting documentation. Identifies opportunities for improvement, leads project teams, and works collaboratively with members of cross-functional teams to ensure that WWF’s processes and systems are continuously improved and consistently implemented. Lead, coach, and mentor members of the Outgoing Agreements and Donor Reporting Teams, in collaboration with the Vice President of Program Operations. Lead capacity-building efforts and effectively mentor key staff in career development.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Stewardship Officer
The Stewardship Officer is a newly created role that supports WWF’s Individual Giving Team by coordinating stewardship efforts for current major donors as a group. Key tasks include documenting stewardship plans and contacts in CRM and acting as the primary point of contact on the Individual Giving Team for all stewardship efforts undertaken by the Donor Communications & Stewardship Team.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Manager, Private Sector Engagement
WWF's Private Sector Engagement (PSE) team seeks to harness the power of business as a force for driving positive environmental change and has partnerships with 100+ leading companies on engagements spanning from sustainable commodities, emission reductions and watershed management to reducing the impact of packaging and single-use plastics to employee engagement and consumer education campaigns. The Manager serves as a key contributor on the PSE leadership team and collaborates closely with PSE’s transformational partnerships team and WWF’s conservation teams – shaping the impact framework and metrics for WWF’s corporate partnerships. The Manager is responsible for developing and managing global partnerships that support WWF’s work with companies. This position also drives special projects assigned by the CEO or SVP as needed.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Financial Operations Special Assistant
Under the direction of the VP of Finance & Facilities Administration, supports members of the Finance department, VP of Accounting, and VP of Program Operations. The position is responsible for various standard and financial management related functions, including expense review, journal corrections of mis-coded expenses and invoice processing, and administrative duties, and coordinating special projects to ensure the smooth functioning of the departments.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Associate Specialist, Climate Communications
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks an Associate Specialist, Climate Communications, to support its climate team communications strategy. Under the direction of the Senior Director, Climate Communications, the Associate Specialist is responsible for supporting the Climate Communications Team to create, distribute and monitor communications products that raise awareness and promote action towards WWF climate strategy goals. The climate communications team uses all available avenues to highlight the successes of our climate work and the challenges posed by the climate crisis, so that the WWF climate strategy can deliver on its international climate goals.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Director, Internal Audit
The Director, Internal Audit implements the organization’s Internal Audit programs. The Director proactively mitigates risks that may have a significant impact on the achievement of WWF’s objectives and promotes a culture of compliance awareness and risk management through audit programs, including the grantee audit monitoring program.
The Development Systems Business Analyst provides data, system, and reporting support for the WWF Development Department. At the direction of the Director, Development Systems Partnerships, and Reporting, the Business Analyst assists Development team members with critical day-to-day information and data support, as well as queries and reports from WWF’s Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system. This position gathers, documents, and evaluates business process requirements from Development Teams, and trains staff on systems functions and processes, as well as creates and maintains a library of process documentation for both the team and the Department. Collaborates with the Senior Development Systems Specialist to gather requirements for reports needed by Development staff.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Manager, Foundation Relations.
The Manager, Foundation Relations, is responsible for overseeing the cultivation, solicitations, and management of WWF-US’ institutional philanthropic partnerships related to its Forest and Climate goal areas. Recognizing the dynamic and evolving landscape of nature and climate philanthropy, this position is responsible for engaging with new funder collaboratives in addition to established foundations, unlocking new opportunities for partnership, and contributing to WWF’s annual foundation fundraising goal.