Coordinator/Program Manager (Living European Rivers initiative)

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Netherlands 🇳🇱

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is committed to nature conservation around the world. We strive to protect the wonderful richness of animal and plant species on earth. Together with others we want to create a world in which people and nature live in harmony.

Recently a large ‘Living European River’ program was set up together with other European WWF offices. For this European Freshwater program we are looking for one Coordinator/Program Manager (40 hours)

The coordinator/program manager reports to WWF-NL and works closely together with other European WWF offices and the international WWF network.

The position can be hosted by the WWF-NL office, but could also be hosted by other WWF offices in Europe.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • As coordinator/program manager you are responsible for the coordination and program management of the Living European Rivers program.
  • Keep an overview of the substantive and financial progress of the various program components and the program as a whole, and seek for the most impactful ways to spend the budget available.
  • Exhibiting substantive leadership and expertise on the theme of water, o.a. river basin functioning, working with nature approaches, river ecological and restoration, lobbying environmental and water policies, both within WWF and beyond.
  • Monitoring, evaluating and adjusting nature conservation strategies of the Living European Rivers Program with regard to fresh water as a whole, and rivers and wetlands in particular, including the results of the WWF-supported field projects and programs, and reporting on this to the Unit Head and if necessary to the Chief Conservation Officer, the Management Team and the Supervisory Board.
  • Entering into a strategic partnership with WWF partner offices and programs, including supervision of complex processes and capacity building.
  • Whether or not in collaboration with other organizations, support the WWF partners in influencing policies of the EU and the member state government in favour of making both the (inter)national laws and regulations as the (inter)national water sector practices more sustainable.
  • Taking part in various platforms set up to make legislation and markets more sustainable: round tables, NGO coalitions, etc.;
  • Become a member of existing networks in the water sector, both within Europe and within the WWF network.
Competencies and characteristics
  • Passionate about rivers and nature conservation/ restoration.
  • Decisive, independent and able to set clear priorities; able to adapt strategies when the ever changing external situation requires flexibility.
  • Strategic thinker – overseeing the relation between the short term goals and activities, related to the bigger picture and the long term focus, striving for the most impactful way to act.
  • Diplomatic – sensitive for cultural differences and knowing how to act in multi-stakeholder alliances (with NGO colleagues, politicians, policy makers, private sector actors).
  • Networker, team player and enthusiastic bridge builder, able to build & maintain multi-stakeholder relations – mobilizing others to make the a difference,
  • Enterprising and creative – creating and recognizing new opportunities when and where they arise, daring to take calculated risks with the shared goal in mind.
  • Stress resistant.
  • Structured, planned and organized.
  • Keeping an overview and acting result-oriented.
Job requirements Education:
  • Academic training, preferably related to water management Experience:
  • Minimum 10 years relevant work experience, preferably in nature conservation/ restoration, preferably in Europe.
What do we offer

The World Wide Fund for Nature is an enthusiastic, dynamic and versatile organization with an informal atmosphere. The salary is conform market and depends on knowledge and experience.

Information and procedure

Are you interested in this position and do you recognize yourself in the above profile? Then we invite you to notify your interest before April 13th 2018 by sending an e-mail with motivation and CV to Alfred van Zwienen, HR advisor, ([email protected]).

For more detailed information, please contact Bart Geenen, Unit Head Freshwater ([email protected] ).

Other information

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