Head (Policy Research & Development)

Gland, Switzerland 🇨🇭

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 Head, Policy Research & Development for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.


WWF International office in Gland or Zeist (flexible on both)

The Role:

Leads WWF policy research team, provides up to date analyses and syntheses of geo-political and policy trends that can inform the overall global conservation programme strategy and Practice Strategies, translates WWF needs into relevant externally relevant asks, designs and implements policy and briefing systems.

Main responsibilities:

  • Engages externally with senior research and political analysts representing WWF
  • Provides up to date analyses and syntheses of geo-political and policy trends that can inform the overall global conservation programme strategy and Practice Strategies.
  • Provides research & analyses that underpins WWF’s policy and positions and participation in major cross-cutting multilateral fora and processes
  • Provides research & analyses that underpins the development of consistent policy and positions on complex and divisive cross-cutting issues, particularly in the economics, security, strategic and development portfolio areas
  • Provides knowledge management function for policy research and maintains database on policy political commitments
  • Creates teams of WWF specialists to develop and deliver complex research and analytical products
  • Creates or finds external opportunities for policy engagement in institutional or multilateral fora,
  • Translates external geopolitical trends into relevant information for WWF network
  • Briefs WWF staff to executive level on trends, analysis and intervention points
  • Manages the Policy research and development team
  • Leads WWF engagement in relevant external cross cutting policy dialogues, as needed
  • Performs other tasks designated by the line manager

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies:

  • Masters degree in Political Science, International Relations or equivalent professional experience
  • At least eight years professional experience in managing teams particularly in the fields of political or legal research
  • Deep understanding of geopolitical issues, trends and developments and environmental policy and sound knowledge and understanding of relationships between environment, economy and social issues in relation to development, security and strategic issues
  • Ability to design and implement complex knowledge systems
  • Interrogation and display of data with sophisticated analysis
  • Scenario and futures thinking
  • Ability and enthusiasm in providing fast and accurate information and in implementing short term but demanding tasks
  • An ability to lead and inspire
  • Ability to digest information from a variety of electronic and written sources and produce clear analysis and research material
  • Discretion, reliability, flexibility, accuracy
  • Ability to work in multicultural environment
  • Capacity to work independently in an intense team environment and have good people skills
  • Excellent organisational and people skills
  • Fluent English is essential; other languages an advantage
  • Highly computer literate, competent in use of spreadsheets and other electronic tools
  • Adheres to WWF’s values: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined, Engaging

How to apply?

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

Deadline for applications: 25th October 2017
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.