Manager (Conservation Strategy and Innovation)

Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

Manager, Conservation Strategy and Innovation

Posted on 15 November 2016

Last year, WWF launched a new strategy that harnesses the strengths of the WWF network in a shared vision, focussing on six major goals – water, wildlife, the ocean, climate and energy, forests, and food – and three key drivers of environmental problems – markets, finance and governance.
In support of this strategy WWF undertook a redesign of its international secretariat that will further unite WWF offices and its near 6,400 staff around the world. This will help WWF to build stronger partnerships across the world with government, business, civil society and individuals. Together, we will deliver on WWF’s ambitious goals.
We are recruiting the role of Manager, Conservation Strategy and Innovation for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.


WWF Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

Main responsibilities:

  • Develops a robust and consistent approach to developing, reviewing and updating Practice Strategies that utilises systems thinking approaches, is light and agile, and optimises adaptive and shared learning aspects
  • Supports Practice Leaders in the development, evaluation and review of Practice Strategies using such methodology(-ies)
  • Facilitates access to leading (external) science networks and researchers, in co-ordination with WWF Science Functions, in order to strengthen the credibility of Practice strategies, major initiatives, and messaging.
  • Develops and co-ordinates a knowledge centre and network of specialists on strategy development and science that can support country level and (eco-)regional level strategy development and programmes that contribute to Practice Goals and Outcomes
  • Facilitates and coordinates a consistent and effective way of promoting innovation in programme and projects across Network Offices within and across the nine Practices.
  • Co-ordinates and facilitates shared learning among Innovation Specialist in Practices and Country Offices
  • Co-ordinates common, cross-Practice innovation platforms
  • Project Manages global research projects as the need arises and in co-ordination with WWF science functions

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies

  • Advanced university degree in Biological sciences, Natural Resources, Environment, or related discipline
  • 7 years’ experience in strategy or programme development, preferably in relation to environmental or conservation projects
  • Experience of working with innovation platforms or processes and shared learning approaches
  • Experience of working in an international and/or inter-cultural environment
  • Familiarity with working in virtual teams across multiple time zones
  • Strong strategic, scientific and analytical mind-set,
  • Team player who works collectively to achieve a common objective
  • Excellent communication skills, including excellent spoken and written English.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a networker who is good at building relationships.
  • Solutions-oriented with effective problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to manage a multiple projects against tough deadlines
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging. 

How to apply?

Upload your covering letter and CV on LinkedIn as one file.  We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.
Work permit restrictions may apply.

Deadline for applications: 06 December 2016
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.