Position title: Assistant Vice President, Greening Financial Regulation, Asia Pacific
Reports to: Vice President, Greening Financial Regulation initiative (GFRi) – Asia Pacific Regional &
of the WWF Sustainable Finance Team
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s largest and most experienced conservation
organizations with a global network of 6000 experts working across the areas most critical to global
sustainable development, including food systems, climate and energy, and freshwater, forests and
oceans, active in more than 100 countries.
Our approach is deeply rooted in science and our mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s
natural environment and to build a future in which people and nature thrive. WWF has identified the
finance sector as a key driver of global economic activity with which we must engage to successfully
deliver on our long-term conservation mission.
Positioned at the cutting-edge of sustainable finance internationally, our global sustainable finance team
of 80 experts – including 30 in Asia – is dedicated to supporting the finance sector to transition to
sustainable and resilient economy via working key finance sector players including banks, investors,
regulators, and stock exchanges, across six focus areas: standards, regulations, capacity building,
research & tools, green financial solutions and engagement.
Influencing financial market regulations is one of the most efficient levers to shift financial flows in line
with international agreements such as the Paris Agreement on climate change and with broader
sustainable development goals. In 2021, WWF launched the Greening Financial Regulation initiative
(GFRi), a new network-wide initiative to advocate for a more systematic integration of climate-related
and environmental risks in financial regulation and supervision, as well as in monetary policy.
This is done notably by measuring and tracking progress made by central banks and financial supervisors,
and by providing targeted support and capacity building to these institutions. To do so, WWF leverages
on existing data, tools and methodologies, conducts and publishes relevant research together with
external partners. More information here.
The GFRi is a global initiative, led by WWF-Switzerland with support from regional and technical leads.
The Assistant Vice President, Greening Financial Regulation, Asia Pacific would be supporting the GFRi
Asia Pacific Regional & Technical Lead in coordinating the GFRi work in the region, as well as in the
development and implementation of the Sustainable Financial Regulations and Central Bank Activities
(‘SUSREG’) Tracker. More information here.
III. Key responsibilities
GFRi – Asia Pacific regional coordination
- Support the development and implementation of a regional engagement strategy, focusing on central banks, financial regulators and supervisors, across key WWF offices in APAC;
- Support the engagement with central banks, financial regulators and supervisors in key countries across Asia-Pacific to achieve the goals of the GFRi, in collaboration with sustainable finance staff in the relevant WWF offices (incl. capacity building, research);
- As an integral part of WWF’s GFRi, contribute to the overall design and implementation of the initiative in key countries across Asia Pacific, alongside relevant WWF offices;
- Conduct research on relevant sustainable finance and regulatory trends and developments, both globally and regionally;
- Develop training materials to support capacity building and engagement efforts, both internally for relevant WWF staff and externally for central banks, supervisors and relevant policymakers in key Asia Pacific countries;
- Maintain an active dialogue with internal staff and external stakeholders to understand regional specificities, as well as the needs of central banks and financial supervisors, in order to inform the development of relevant research, content and tools by WWF and/or its partners;
- Support the engagement with other stakeholders in APAC, including development agencies, financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, academia or think-tanks, to build partnerships or joint projects as relevant to the GFRi objectives;
- Represent WWF and the GFRi in external events and conferences, contributing to raising WWF’s public profile in relation to sustainable finance and central banking / financial regulations;
- Contribute to developing grants and funding proposals, to secure long-term funding for the GFRi;
- Engage with WWF’s Finance Practice and other Practices as relevant, leveraging on internal expertise and contributing to WWF conservation goals.
SUSREG – Development and implementation
- Actively contribute to the development and implementation of the Sustainable Financial Regulations and Central Bank Activities (‘SUSREG’) Tracker, in coordination with the GFRi team and the other WWF offices involved;
- Perform and coordinate the assessments of how financial supervisors and central banks integrate environmental & social considerations into their activities and practices, globally and with a focus on Asia Pacific;
- Coordinate with external service providers to further develop and maintain the SUSREG Tracker online platform;
- Contribute to the development and publication of the annual SUSREG Annual Report, highlighting progress and gaps in central banking and supervisory practices, and outlining WWF recommendations;
- Support the engagement with central banks, financial regulators and supervisors in the Asia-Pacific countries covered by the SUSREG Tracker, to discuss results, gaps, good practices and identify areas of support;
- Contribute to the further development and refinement of the SUSREG framework, and the expansion of its geographical scope of implementation;
- Contribute to the development and implementation of an ambitious communication strategy that builds on the SUSREG Tracker results and associated publications;
- Where relevant, contribute to internal or external research projects related to sustainable finance / regulations.
IV. Required qualifications
- Relevant educational qualifications, in a relevant field of study (environment, finance, economy, etc.), Master’s degree preferred;
- Minimum 4 years of relevant work experience, covering financial regulation/supervision, sustainable finance and/or sustainability, preferably in an Asian context.
V. Required skills and competencies
- Strong interest in environmental conservation and sustainable development;
- In-depth understanding of sustainable finance developments and trends at a global, regional and national level in the APAC region;
- Results-oriented, excellent attention to detail, able to effectively prioritize tasks and carry out activities with a high degree of autonomy;
- Team player, cultural sensitivity, able to work with multidisciplinary and intercultural teams, with colleagues across various time zones;
- Proven track record in project management is a plus;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Fluency in English. Additional business proficiency in Asian languages is an asset;
- Aligning with WWF core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect and Collaboration.
Must be able to travel internationally (with a focus on Asia-Pacific).
How to apply
Interested candidates should email a CV and a cover letter to HR Department (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Closing date for applications is 25 January, 2022. Applications without a cover letter will not be