Director of Conservation

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

, , SG

Summary of Role:
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, WWF-Singapore’s Director of Conservation is a member of the Senior Management Team and leads the development and implementation of a high impact conservation programme. He/She identifies and oversees strategic conservation projects that WWF Singapore funds in Southeast Asia. The Director ensures that all WWF Singapore initiatives contribute to and are aligned with WWF’s global goals. The position requires a strong grasp of environmental sustainability, biodiversity conservation, leadership, project and personnel management, excellent communication skills, and an entrepreneurial approach to engaging corporate, government and individual stakeholders. We are looking for a connection and solution oriented person.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction to all WWF Singapore conservation activities and manage staff to ensure the highest level of accountability.
  • Lead internal collaboration to secure alignment with fundraising, campaigning, communications, sustainable finance and the global WWF Practices.
  • Understands (major) donor expectations and can connect and present to donors on a broad range of conservation needs and projects. 
  • Lead and manage the Conservation Team to ensure clear prioritisation of conservation and sustainability work and investments, in line with WWF-Singapore’s conservation strategy. Adaptive management of the conservation strategy will be an important responsibility of this role.
  • Monitor the progress and report on a pipeline of grant programmes/projects that are funded by Singapore.  Work with WWF teams in the region to identify and contribute to key projects through conceptualization and co-design with the aim of delivering high impact outcomes. 
  • Ensure that all WWF Singapore campaigns, communications, messaging and outreach are underpinned by science.
  • Engage with the WWF Network to keep current on the latest data, priorities and initiatives, and represent WWF Singapore within the global WWF Network.
  • Oversee priority programs that address the drivers of deforestation (i.e. palm oil, rubber, pulp and paper) in order to guide and drive commodity production to be more sustainable while protecting biodiversity.
  • Engaging with WWF programs and practices to provide input on global conservation priorities, working closely in collaboration with the global practices in the fields of wildlife, climate and energy, sustainable finance, forests, oceans and freshwater.
  • Represent WWF Singapore in-country and within the region with public and private sector stakeholders and at important policy making conferences.
  • Provide informed leadership on illegal wildlife trade to help secure viable populations of target species.
  • Oversee the growth and development of WWF Singapore marine program focusing on marine protected areas and policies to address illegal fishing and other unsustainable activities.

Job Requirements:

  • PhD (preferred) or Master’s in Environmental science, ecology, sustainability, other natural/social sciences or related fields.
  • At least 15 years of professional experience, with a minimum of 3 years in a leadership and management position in an international context.
  • Experience in the fields of conservation and natural resource management, in the forestry, marine, food production, or consumer sectors.
  • Experience in corporate and government engagement, preferably in Asia, coupled with experience of influencing policy and practice in governments and/or corporates.
  • In-depth knowledge of conservation and environmental sustainability issues (and their solutions), especially as they relate to SE Asia.
  • Thorough understanding of, and experience in championing and communicating, the benefits of nature and conservation to people and society.

You need to:

  • Be an experienced connective manager who understands the wider objectives of the organization
  • Be highly representative and credible towards (major) donors
  • Be a self-starter with high level of motivation and drive.
  • Be able to work independently as well as with others in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Be a good developer and supporter of staff.
  • Have excellent organizational skills and ability to write and speak persuasively.
  • Be able to handle coordination with multiple stakeholders on complex projects.
  • Have experience in project management and collaboration with external partners.
  • Adhere to WWF’s values, which are; Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

This job description covers the main tasks. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

Interested candidates should email a CV and a cover letter with the title “Director of Conservation” to [email protected]
Deadline for applications: February 15, 2020