Multiple Senior Roles with WWF

Africa, Americas, Asia and MENA, Switzerland
Posted 1 month ago

About WWF

WWF is an independent conservation organisation, with over 30 million followers and a global network active in nearly 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biodiversity, ensuring the use of natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Our global efforts to start reversing the loss of nature by 2030 are driven by nine WWF practices: Wildlife, Oceans, Forests, Freshwater, Climate & Energy, Food, Finance, Governance and Markets.

From communities on the ground to decision-makers in government and business, we work with people around the world to sustain the natural world – the oceans, forests, freshwater and rich diversity of wildlife – that provides the essentials of life for all.

We are challenging the two most urgent threats to nature: climate change and food production. And we are working to address the underlying global drivers for the loss of nature: a financial system that must value nature; a governance system that needs to consider the impact of decisions on people and nature; and markets where sustainable production and consumption become the norm.


WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

WWF believes that conservation benefits when people benefit from conservation and has had its most important successes from working with people, including local and indigenous communities, finding practical ways for people and nature to thrive together.

To further strengthen our deep commitment to this collaboration with local communities and to respecting human rights, WWF is setting up a central unit to spearhead, manage and support the implementation of a robust global Environmental and Social Safeguard Framework (ESSF) across our entire global network of WWF offices.

The ESSF will represent an overarching policy on environmental and social risk management, providing for:

  • Integrated environmental and social management to identify and manage the environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities of projects through the programme and project life cycle.
  • Effective stakeholder engagement through disclosure of project-related information and consultation with local communities on matters that directly affect them.

WWF is looking for qualified and passionate people to lead the further development, implementation and update of WWF’s policies and practices relevant to mainstreaming the ESSF into all WWF’s global operations.


The Roles

Four ESSF Roles:

  • The Director Environment and Social Safeguards

    is an expert, with excellent management and communications skills, who will lead the due diligence work of the WWF network, related to social safeguards, providing quality assurance over risk screening and mitigation planning. The Director will further be responsible for periodically updating standards, procedures, guidance and toolkits.  They will also oversee safeguards’ knowledge management and capacity development.

  • Three Regional Heads, Safeguards (Africa, Americas and Asia)

    will use their extensive knowledge of these respective regions and of the challenges of environment conservation and social and economic development to provide guidance and support to project teams in the implementation of WWF’s ESSF and, under the direction of the Director Environment and Social Safeguards, provide quality assurance for WWF’s safeguards work, in line with ESSF standards.

To lead an independent monitoring and review function,  WWF is also looking for an


WWF International is establishing an independent monitoring and review function to assist in the resolution of complaints and ensuring WWF offices comply with the Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF).  WWF is recruiting an Ombudsperson to lead the Office.

The Ombudsperson will be appointed by, and report to, the WWF International Board, under the administrative oversight of the WWF Network Executive Team (NET).

This is a very senior role requiring world-wide experience in development with international organisations, combined with superb judgement and excellent people, communication and negotiations skills.

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