Freshwater Project Manager

Bucharest, , RO

The Project Manager contributes to the WWF mission in general and to the WWF Romania annual objectives through implementation of freshwater projects.

The project manager is responsible for the implementation of freshwater projects aiming river and wetland restoration and provides support for freshwater conservation activities, mainly in the field of water policies implementation in Romania (Directive establishing a framework for the community action in the field of water policy, Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks). The project manager will carry out the operational and administrative tasks related to river and wetland restoration activities and will support the development of other freshwater projects.
The Project Officer will report directly to the WWF DCP National Freshwater Manager Romania.

Your duties will include:

Project management activities

  • Day by day project management, oversee activities in the respective projects, including visits on the project area, conduct risk mitigation processes.
  • Monitor and supervise the contracts for execution work to ensure the timely, proper quality and responsive delivery of outputs and reports. Analysis and application of scientific data, and information.
  • Engage necessary stakeholders and facilitate meetings with them and with project partners.
  • Ensure proper professional relationships with authorities, community leaders, NGOs and representatives of other sectors.
  • Prepare technical and financial reports according to the donor requirements.
  • Liaise with the freshwater team and provides support on specific and relevant issues.
  • Support the communication actions relating to the project, including possible communication with media.


  • Identify and propose specific policy needs to support better freshwater conservation activities in Romania connected to the water policy implementation (especially Water Framework & Flood Risk Directives).
  • Provide technical advises to the WWF’s activities for the proper implementation of the River Basin Management Plans and Flood Risk Management Plans in Romania.


  • Support fundraising activities of the Freshwater team and develop new projects.
  • Act as a technical expert to explain facts, practices, contexts, to support and influence external parties in Romania as well other teams within WWF international.
  • In line with the overall Strategic Plan, contributes to the annual work plans with clear priorities, and ensures their efficient implementation in the field of expertise.
  • Represent WWF and relevant projects, topics on events, conferences, workshops related to the field of expertise.

Working Relationships
Internal: Works directly with the WWF DCP Romania’s national freshwater manager. Liaises with other teams (communication, policy, forestry, education, administration and financial) on the best operation and tactical approaches that support freshwater conservation work and team development.
External: Keep in contact with the freshwater team across the Danube Carpathian Program region. Liaise with different partner organization or key stakeholders relevant for the freshwater work.

We expect from you:

Adheres to the WWF mission, as well as LIVES the WWF DCP’s Values: People Empowerment, Trust, Impact Driven, Responsibility, Standard of Excellence; 

Knowledge: University degree in water engineering, environment, hydrology or equivalent. 

Experience:  At least 5 years of experience in complex project implementation and management.
Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven experience and technical ability to manage a large project
  • Effective interpersonal, management and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated ability in team management and collaboration
  • Excellent communications skills in English
  • Computer literacy
  • Structured mode of operation
  • High degree of reliability and responsibility
  • Solution orientated, motivating and supportive
  • Assertive
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to travel

We offer:

  • The opportunity to make a difference – for DCPO and WWF Romania
  • Challenging and fulfilling work in one of Europe’s most exciting eco-regions
  • Friendly and highly professional working atmosphere in an international context
  • Varying tasks and independent work style
  • A pleasant working atmosphere and great learning environment
  • A competitive salary according to NGO standards

If you are interested in joining the global WWF team, email your application documents including your CV and cover letter (in English) to [email protected].

Application deadline: 10 April 2018

Please understand that we can only reply to short-listed candidates.