Environmental and Social Safeguards Expert

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Location: Open (preferably Gland, Switzerland)

Work percentage: 


Contract type: 

6 Months Fixed Term Assignment/Consultancy

Mission of the Department:

WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
To further strengthen our deep commitment to working in collaboration with indigenous peoples, local communities and respecting human rights, WWF International, is establishing a new Safeguards Division.
WWF International is currently recruiting for a number of key roles which will be responsible for embedding a robust Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) across our entire global Network of WWF offices.

The ESSF will represent an overarching policy on environmental and social risk management, providing for:  

  • Integrated environmental and social management to identify and manage the environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities of projects through the programme and project life cycle  
  • Effective stakeholder engagement through disclosure of project-related information and consultation with local communities on matters that directly affect them.

During this recruitment and development period, we are seeking an Environmental Safeguards expert to support our ongoing global commitment to environmental and social safeguards.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the role will act as the custodian of the ESSF and maintain international best practice for the framework, including the management and updating of the screening tools as well as the initial development of a training and certification process.
The incumbent will also be responsible for driving relevant quality standards and assurance required for projects to meet safeguard standards across our WWF Network.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies:

  • A Master’s degree in social sciences and management, law, environmental management, economics and policies, social development, sociology, social development, anthropology, indigenous people’s studies, or other relevant fields.
  • Be able to demonstrate a minimum of 10 years of relevant international experience in environmental safeguard systems
  • Excellent knowledge in the areas of indigenous people’s policy development and implementation; social safeguards; development of guidance, references and tools related to indigenous peoples and social safeguards; design and monitoring of climate change and development programs, projects and activities; and advocacy and capacity development;

How to apply? 

Please send your application in English with cover letter to 
Applications without a CV and Covering Letter will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: by 25 August 2019.

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

Work permit restrictions may apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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