Contract period: 2 year Fixed term: October 2020-December 2022
About the Role
The Coordinator, Global Governance Policy will support the WWF Network to deepen and build advocacy capacity and coherency on social and governance dimensions of biodiversity policy, sustainable natural resources management and climate mitigation and adaptation.
Particular emphasis will be on building enabling global policy and implementation frameworks for human rights based and inclusive approaches to conservation and sustainable development, on securing effective roles for indigenous peoples and local communities as well as women and youth, on restraints on civic space and on policy levers to operationalize the human right to a healthy environment.
Enabling global and regional policy frameworks will help drive effective and sustainable action at local and national level to safeguard ecosystems and biocultural diversity for people and nature. It will also contribute to the global advocacy objectives of the People Protecting Landscapes and Seascapes Initiative (PPLS), the Wildlife Crime Programme and the IPLC and Advocacy workstreams of the New Deal for Nature and People.
Reports to: The Coordinator, Global governance policy will be hosted by WWF-Kenya and will report adminstratively to the Head of Conservation Programmes, WWF Kenya and to the Deputy Governance Practice Leader WWF International on technical line management.
Working relations: The Coordinator will work in close collaboration where relevant with: the WWF Global Policy Advocacy Team (GPAT) for GPAT-managed fora; the Wildlife Crime Programme; WWF advocacy teams leading other fora (e.g. UNFCCC, CCD, CITES, etc.); the Governance Practice People Protecting Landscapes and Seascapes Initiative and Inclusive Conservation teams; the Voices for Diversity project team leader in Kenya and WWF Sweden Voices for Diversity Programme coordinator.
The Coordinator will support achievement of the following outcomes:
An ambitious Post 2020 biodiversity framework, including provisions for effective implementation and monitoring of rights-based elements.
Stronger support in the international community and international frameworks for inclusive conservation approaches, including secure rights of IPLC custodians and stronger participation of women and youth.
Increased appreciation and understanding among governments of the importance of Indigenous Peoples’ and local community rights Strengthened CSO voices holding governments accountable for global commitments that enable inclusive conservation (IPLC, women, youth).
Expanded capacity and coherency across WWF advocacy in different global (UNCBD, CITES, UNFCCC, UNCCD, High Level Political Forum for SDG, CSW, UNPFII) and regional fora for policies that enable inclusive conservation and human-rights based policies.
Strengthened alliances, coalitions, networks or partnerships with relevant stakeholders on governance policy advocacy related to inclusive conservation and a safe space for civil society organizations to operate.
Provide strategic advice and facilitate the development of network policy positions and advocacy strategies related to the achievement of inclusive conservation, human rights based approaches, and safe civic space for relevant global fora, (UNCBD, UNFCCC, UNCCD, High Level Political Forum for SDG, CSW, CITES, UNPFII) and regional fora as relevant.
Advice the professional, coherent and effective network engagement of diverse WWF Practices, offices and teams at appropriate policy dialogues relevant to inclusive conservation, human rights based approaches, and safe civic space.
Engage regularly in WWF’s Policy Managers network and coordinate with Policy leads in other Practices and GPAT to drive cross-practice and cross-topic policy coherence Liaise and co-ordinate with relevant external partners to drive powerful policy change and find best practice solutions to policy dilemmas in cooperation with Policy Manager and focal points for of above mentioned global fora.
Provide a research and radar capacity on external policy developments relevant to the position objectives, and advise on additional global fora offering advocacy opportunities.
Support capacity building of colleagues in the WWF network to develop skills and experience related to achievement of Practice outcomes.
Provide guidance to the VfD programme offices on policy advocacy on inclusive conservation, human rights based approaches, and safe civic space, under the Voices for Diversity programme and under arrangements approved by GOV Practice Leader.
Developing and utilizing a policy and advocacy monitoring plan including contribution to the achievement of PPLS and IPLC components of the New Deal for Nature and People.
Supported by the WWF-Kenya finance team and in consultation with the Deputy Governance Practice team leader and the WWF Sweden VfD Programme Coordinator, develop and manage budgets in line with the finance policies and procedures.
Additional duties and responsibilities as required by the Practice Leader.
Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies
University degree in a relevant discipline e.g. human rights, indigenous rights, and social dimensions of conservation, environmental policy, International relations, or similar disciplines.
5-7 years of professional policy experience in policy advocacy for conservation, environment and human rights or indigenous rights work.
Experience of working with governments, corporate sector, aid agencies, civil society, and NGOs.
Track record of delivering policy advocacy and impact.
In depth understanding of global and regional environmental, natural resources and geopolitical governance.
Strategic thinking and vision
Ability to effect change in a constructive and solutions oriented manner.
Outstanding communication, policy analysis, coordination and advocacy skills.
Fluency in English; Spanish and/or French an advantage; any other language/s an asset
Experience of working in complex organizations.
A strong team player, with an ability to promote institution-wide collaboration
Results driven, tenaciously working to meet or exceed goals.
Passion for conservation and human rights
Adheres to WWF’s values.
How to apply?
Please apply with your CV and cover letter as one file with the Job Title of Position Applied for on the subject line to the Head of People & Culture, WWF-Kenya: hresource@wwfkenya.