Program Officer (GEF)

Washington, DC, US


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Program Officer for the WWF Global Environment Facility (GEF) Project Agency and WWF Green Climate Fund (GCF) Accredited Entity based in Washington, DC. Under the supervision of the WWF GEF Agency’ s Director and WWF GCF senior staff, the successful candidate will be part of a dynamic and global team responsible for implementing multimillion dollar portfolios of projects assisting developing countries address global environmental issues. The successful candidate’s main responsibilities will focus on WWF GEF Agency and WWF GCF Accredited Entity operations, including relationship management, knowledge management, and portfolio-level management, project cycle timeline tracking and reporting, and managing multiple internal and external communication fronts.


  • Technical backstopping to ensure overall operationalization of the WWF GEF Agency and WWF GCF Accredited Entity within WWF US, including knowledge management, relationship management, and portfolio-level management;
  • Monitors and analyzes GEF and GCF policy, councils and board meeting, GEF agencies/ GCF Accredited Entities, Conventions guidance, and other GEF and GCF partner information, policy development issues, and trends related to GEF and GCF operations and advises others accordingly. Keeps abreast of issues in areas in which WWF and GEF/GCF have an ongoing interest. 
  • Ensures overall coordination and organization of WWF GEF and GCF-funded project portfolios, including project cycle tracking, analysis, reporting, and other management support needs;
  • Manages WWF GEF and GCF internal network and external communication, including development/management of websites, documents, videos, and ongoing and ad hoc tasks;
  • Supports and/or leads WWF network GEF and GCF capacity building needs;
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required in a related field such as natural resources management, environmental science, international development, or conservation policy. A graduate degree is preferred; Position requires a minimum of five years of experience in program management, biodiversity conservation, or natural resources management as well as an understanding of international conservation issues. A graduate degree will substitute for 2 years of experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international relations and environmental policy, especially multilateral public finance institutions, including the Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund;
  • Excellent project management, coordination, and organizational skills, including experience with donor compliance for monitoring and reporting;
  • Ability to operate with independence, under pressure, to meet deadlines and commitments across time zones;
  • Interpersonal skills requiring patience, courtesy, tact and diplomacy necessary to effectively communicate within a multicultural team, WWF network colleagues, and with senior government partners from around the world.
  • Must be willing to occasionally travel internationally for up to two weeks at a time
  • Excellent English oral and writing communication skills; Proficiency in Spanish is desired

To Apply:

  • Please visit our Careers Page, Requisition #17053, to submit an online application including resume and cover letter
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and veteran or disability status.