Program Officer (International Climate Policy)

Washington, DC, US


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Program Officer, International Climate Policy at our Washington, DC office. The Program Officer, International Climate Policy plans, manages, communicates, and implements program priorities and activities in areas of assignment. Areas of assignment could include, inter alia, advocating for a strong global market-based measure for international aviation and supporting WWF efforts to advocate effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and address the emissions gap to reaching a 1.5C future. This position will leverage WWF-US relationships with the key actors in institutions like the US Government, intergovernmental institutions, civil society, and businesses to achieve these goals.


  • Promotes the sound design and implementation of international and national policies and measures intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate impacts.
  • Contributes to the programmatic planning and strategy of WWF and stakeholder coalition strategies. In addition to contributing to the development of the WWF-US Climate Goal strategy, collaborates with WWF Network offices (e.g. WWF-China, -India, -Brazil, and -Mexico) to build and deliver national strategies that support the WWF Network’s international climate policy objectives.
  • Represents WWF-US at meetings with the key US Government agencies, with key stakeholders in Congress, within the NGO community, with the general public, and within the WWF Network as appropriate. Develops workshops, Hill briefings, and other events aimed at influencing decision makers, through building and managing relationships with various stakeholders.
  • Drafts articles, testimony, and briefing materials in relation to legislative and regulatory proposals that relate to positioning the US Government to address climate change domestically and internationally.
  • Helps develop fundraising proposals and implements oversight of new and ongoing projects and grants. Works with project personnel, grantees, consultants, and others to facilitate coordination, communication, and regular reporting. Develops and analyzes project work plans and grant budgets.
  • Monitors and analyzes new technical information, policy development issues, and trends related to the WWF-US Climate Goal and advises others accordingly.
  • Performs other duties as assigned; domestic and international travel may be required.


  • Position requires a minimum of four years of experience in climate change policy
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, ideally in a related field is such as environmental policy, sustainability management, environmental science, international relations, government policy, international development, conservation policy, or natural resources management.
  • A graduate degree in the above related fields is preferred, and will substitute for 2 years of work experience
  • Subject expertise in one to all of the following climate and energy sub-fields fields is an added asset: aviation and/or shipping emissions reduction policy, UNFCCC negotiations, US climate national policy, biofuels policy, renewable electricity policy, carbon markets, carbon accounting, climate economics, international climate finance, corporate climate strategy.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Strong analytical skills. Social science or economic modelling and analysis skills an added asset but not required.
  • Ability to operate with independence, under pressure, to meet deadlines and commitments
  • Ability to work on initiatives with multiple and competing priorities
  • Team player and good interpersonal skills
  • Professional fluency in a language other than English (e.g. Spanish, French, and Mandarin) is an added asset but not required.  
  • Must be willing to travel within the US, as well as internationally

 Please Note: This position is funded until December 2018, with the possibility of extension


To Apply:

  • Please visit our Careers Page, job #16095, 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
  • Application deadline is Sunday, July 10th

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.