Head of Policy & Advocacy

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Edinburgh, , GB

The time is now, and our planet needs you. At WWF Scotland we are seeking a passionate supporter of the natural environment to lead the development and delivery 

of priority policy and advocacy strategies in Scotland.

Our work in Scotland has a well-deserved reputation for effectiveness and innovation and has impact across the UK and internationally.  As Head of Policy and Advocacy you will develop, co-ordinate and deliver environmental strategy, currently focused on agriculture and land use, nature protection as well as climate and energy issues. You will also provide high-level external advocacy and engagement on behalf of WWF with priority stakeholders including the Scottish Government, Parliament, other NGOs, funders, and business.

Leading a small team, we will look to you to prepare forward policy and public affairs work plans as well as manage budgets, and provide accurate monitoring, reporting and evaluation. Important, will be the ability to ensure WWF Scotland’s policy is integrated with WWF-UK and network priorities. A key spokesperson for WWF in print and broadcast media, you will represent us at senior level in a number of key networks as well as provide guidance to senior level colleagues on policy issues.

To play your part in maximising our impact in Scotland, you will need significant experience of leading the development and delivery of environmental policy and a strong understanding of government and politics, particularly in Scotland. You will also be expert at leading the strategic advancement and implementation of policy work and have specialist knowledge on the environment, including climate, food systems or wider environmental issues. You will be used to representing an organisation in the media and securing funds for policy and project work too.

A consummate networker and influencer, a diplomat and persuader with outstanding verbal and written communication skills, you will excel at building relationships. You will also be able to demonstrate an ability to lead, manage, motivate and develop people. Of course, you will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the natural world and WWF’s core mission too.

How to Apply

If you have the expertise and credentials to help us build a movement in defence of nature in Scotland, please click on the link and apply via our website. Complete the online registration and submit a copy of your up to date CV with cover letter highlighting what makes you a good fit for us.

Interviews will be held in April 2020

At WWF-UK we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community and we offer a range of benefits to encourage a work life balance.

Our world needs you like never before. We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world and we could be the last that can do anything about it. We’re looking for people who are passionate about making it politically, socially and economically unacceptable to destroy our planet’s natural resources. We need you to join us in the fight for our world




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