Project Director

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Quito, Ecuador 🇪🇨

Peru 🇵🇪


World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is seeking to hire a Project Director for the United States Department of Labor funded project: “Strengthening Decent Work in the Fisheries Sector in Peru and Ecuador”. The project will have a duration of 4.5 years with a total funding amount of USD $5 million. The objective of the project is to strengthen mechanisms to solve labor rights problems associated with illegal and unregulated fishing, increase the empowerment of workers and civil society to solve problems of labor rights in fishing and increase the capacity of workers’ organizations, port authorities, and the private sector to address violations of labor rights in fishing, with a focus on Peru and Ecuador.

This recruitment is part of an ongoing proposal selection process. Therefore, WWF will only be able to offer employment to the best candidate if USDOL selects WWF to implement this project. Award decisions are expected to be made between September 30 and December 31, 2021. The successful candidate must be available to staff the project no later than 45 calendar days after the award should WWF’s proposal be selected.


The Project Director will provide overall vision and leadership for this anticipated DOL project.  Will lead the development, rollout and implementation of performance monitoring and evaluation systems.  The project director will manage and direct the project’s core team of staff that are responsible for design, planning, resourcing, stakeholder coordination, and delivery of all project activities as well as reporting and project administration. The Project Director will also be expected to develop and maintain relationships with the donor agency (DOL) and key project stakeholders to ensure the project is well coordinated and successful delivering on results.


  • Provides leadership, management, and technical direction for the project including on strategic, managerial, and technical matters, and is responsible for making key decisions and solving programmatic problems in a timely
  • Applies a participatory, adaptive management approach to ensure that the program is efficient, effective, and achieves planned results.
  • Oversee all financial and administrative manners to ensure quality and control methods in a consistent and transparent manner for all contractual and budgetary aspects of program management.
  • Ensure that work plan, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting efforts are aligned with contract requirements and objectives and maximize project impact.
  • Build and lead an adaptive team to monitor and modify project initiatives and ensure technically sound and politically savvy activities are implemented effectively.
  • Ensure the activity meets high standards for performance and integrity that comply with applicable regulations and policies.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with sub-national and local government officials, local partners, civil society and community leaders, and other development partners and DOL
  • With support from WWF US HQ, the project director ensures that the project is implemented in compliance with DOL policies and regulations


  • Required to have Bachelor’s degree, strong preference will be given to candidates with advanced degrees such as a Master’s, Ph.D. or JD, in legal, labor issues, environmental or conservation management related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fishing operations and supply chains required.
  • Excellent written and oral skills required including fluency in English and Spanish (written and spoken) required.
  • Minimum of five years, strongly preferred to have candidates with 10 years experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of grant or contract requirements, including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to the project funder.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining systems for project operations.
  • Previous experience leading US government funded projects is strongly preferred
  • Understanding of legal, regulations in management of fisheries in South America and experience working with national government agencies in Ecuador and Peru strongly preferred
  • Regional experience of working in South America required, candidates with knowledge working with stakeholders and vulnerable communities in Ecuador and/or Peru is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated effectiveness leading and managing teams able to adapt to dynamic operating conditions to achieve project results.
  • Experience in diplomacy, engagement and coordination, and ability to maintain working relationships with multiple stakeholders and institutions with wide ranging backgrounds including public, private, and civil society partners
  • Experience in leading and managing a diverse team
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration

Location: Ecuador or Peru (flexible in either country)

Due Date: Please submit your resume and cover letter by Wednesday, September 15th

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #22032
  • 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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