Local recruitment: Manager, Policy - Freshwater Practice

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

WWF International Hubs in Europe


Want to make a positive difference to the future of people and our one shared home, the Earth?

Working at WWF could be your opportunity of a lifetime.

All around the world, people are waking up to the deepening crisis of nature loss. A growing realization that nature is our life-support system. And that nobody will be spared from the impacts of its loss. Here at WWF, we are helping to tackle this enormous global challenge.

Our people come from hugely diverse backgrounds and with a variety of expertise, ranging from HR and finance to advocacy and conservation science. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can help us create a better future for people and wildlife.

What we do

We are an independent conservation organization, striving to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030. Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable.

Location: WWF International Hubs in Europe

Work percentage: 100%

Contract: Open-ended

Mission of the Department:

As a results driven Policy resource, provide Freshwater content and expertise, guidance, and analysis on strategic policy issues, develop related and innovative policy solutions, and drive the execution of agreed coordination and advocacy strategies related to the achievement of the Practice Goal and Outcomes. Take responsibility for the positioning of the Practice in this respect.

Major Functions:

  • Proven FW leader with strong content knowledge/expertise in relevant core topics (i.e. flows, hydropower, agriculture, institutional risk, nature based solutions, adaptation finance etc.).
  • Provide strategic advice and facilitate the development of network policy, and guidance positions and advocacy strategies related to the achievement of the Goal and Outcomes of the Practice, in consultation with the Practice Leader, and the Practice Leadership Team.
  • Support the Network on Policy and FW content as it relates to country and basin strategy needs.
  • Act as radar for the Network on relevant issues related to risks and opportunities for the Practice through links to other Practices and with external partners.
  • Lead WWF’s engagement at key policy intervention points and influence key policy outcomes related to the Practice Goal and Outcomes.
  • Liaise and coordinate with relevant external partners to drive powerful policy change.
  • Support the network in developing consistent and coherent internal WWF positions and Guidance material on issues pertinent to the Goal and Outcome.
  • Coordinate across Practices to ensure organizational policy and strategy coherence.
  • Actively support freshwater initiative leaders globally to seize multilateral opportunities to develop and deliver nature based solutions at scale.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analyze, identify, and facilitate the development of innovative policy solutions and advocacy strategies relevant to the Practice Goal and Outcomes.
  • Support and coordinate the professional, coherent and effective network engagement of diverse WWF teams at appropriate policy dialogues relevant to the Practice content.
  • Identify policy levers and enabling conditions which need to be addressed to achieve the Global Goals and outcomes of the Practice.
  • Raise decision-maker awareness and understanding of critical conservation issues relevant to the Practice content.
  • Provide a research and radar capacity on external policy developments relevant to the Practice content.
  • Ensure consistency and coherence to the internal and external delivery of Practice policy and global positioning.
  • Find best practice solutions to policy dilemmas related to the Practice content and share them with network colleagues and influencers in policy communities.
  • Support capacity building of colleagues in the WWF network to develop skills and experience related to fast achievement of Practice outcomes.
  • Act to ensure coherent and collaborative approaches to policy work related to the Practice content.
  • Promote regular interaction with Policy leads in other Practices to drive cross-practice policy coherence.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as required by the Practice Leader.

Required Qualifications:

  • University Degree in a relevant discipline e.g. environmental policy, International relations, Economics or similar disciplines.
  • Ideally 10 years’ professional policy experience in Freshwater policy, conservation, environment and development work.

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Experience of working in complex organizations.
  • In depth understanding of global and regional environmental, natural resources and geopolitical governance.
  • A strong team player, with a measurable ability to influence senior management.
  • Freshwater content expert.
  • Passion for conservation.
  • Track record of delivering policy impact.
  • Outstanding policy analysis, coordination and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to strategically influence appropriate policy development and dialogues and effect change in a constructive and solutions oriented manner.
  • Results driven, tenaciously working to meet or exceed goals.
  • Experience of working with governments, corporate sector, aid agencies, civil society, and NGOs.
  • Strategic thinking and vision.
  • Fluency in English – any other language/s an asset.
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration.

Working Relationships:

Internal – Works closely with the Practice Team Leader, Governance Practice Team Leader, Core Team members, Global Experts and Focal Point Leadership Team as well as all relevant Practice team members within countries and interested members. Will work closely with WWF Policy and Advocacy units as well as policy colleagues in country offices and programmes.

External – Fosters close collaboration with governments, corporate sector, aid agencies, civil society, and NGOs.

How to apply

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Only one single document can be uploaded through our platform. Upload your covering letter and CV as one file. We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.

Deadline for applications: by August 7th 2022.

Work permit restrictions may apply. Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.