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JOB DESCRIPTION

Position title: Assistant Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance

Location: Singapore 

 

I. Mission of the Asia Sustainable Finance Team:

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. To do this, we work with key finance sector players including banks, investors, regulators, and stock exchanges, across six focus areas:

  1. Regulations and Guidelines: We provide recommendations and facilitate dialogue between regulatory authorities and financial institutions (FIs) to issue harmonized regulations and guidelines that raise the bar for sustainable finance at the national and regional level.

  2. Standards: We help FIs understand what makes certain standards and certification schemes credible to help them ensure that their due diligence and verification processes assure robust sustainability practices.

  3. Capacity Building: We empower FIs through capacity building on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues through industry-wide workshops and bilateral training sessions. Our trainings cover a range of sectors and thematic focus areas and help FIs to better assess and price risk, value companies, and develop new products.

  4. Research & Tools: We conduct research, develop best practice guides, and benchmark FIs’ progress on ESG integration to ensure timely progress towards a resilient and sustainable financial system. We also help FIs to understand and implement cutting-edge tools so they can better understand, measure, and manage evolving ESG risks and opportunities.

  5. Engagement: We help investors exert their influence and facilitate large scale, meaningful change by providing research and analysis that supports their engagement with portfolio companies over key ESG issues.

  6. Green Financial Solutions: We work with FIs to support the development of innovative green financial solutions based on science-based criteria that create measurable environmental and social impacts alongside competitive financial returns.

In Asia, we work across seven (7) ASEAN countries - Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – as well as in Japan and South Korea. We focus on sustainability issues related to soft commodities finance (e.g. agriculture, forestry, and seafood), in addition to cross-cutting issues such as climate and energy, and water.

 

II. Major Duties and Responsibilities:

The main initial tasks and duties will be to contribute to a project on sustainable forest investments in the Greater Mekong area, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The AVP will also contribute to the general work of the team work under the direction of senior team members across the following areas:

Stakeholder engagement and relationship management

  • Manage relationships with key finance sector stakeholders, including investors (asset owners, asset managers), banks, stock exchanges, regulators, government ministries, etc.

  • Support the development of partnerships and platforms that contribute to the goals of WWF’s Finance practice

  • Work closely with other WWF national offices in the region to co-execute country-specific finance sector engagement strategies, taking into account the varying interests and priorities of different finance sector stakeholders, including investors (asset owners, asset managers), banks, stock exchanges, regulators, government ministries, etc.

Influence and foster the development of the finance sector’s strategies, policies and/or regulations on sustainable finance

  • Work with key banks, investors, and industry associations to develop responsible lending and investing strategies, policies, ESG risk assessment tools, and appropriate monitoring and reporting frameworks (e.g. ISEAL certifications, climate risk assessment and alignment, geospatial tools, natural capital impact reporting, etc.)

  • Work with regulators and policymakers to develop guidelines and regulations on sustainable finance that are harmonized across the region and consistent with international best practice and standards (e.g. EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan, TCFD, NGFS, etc.)

ESG research and tools

  • Conduct research on topics including ESG trends, analysis of financial institutions’ performance on ESG integration/risk management and corporate sustainability disclosure and performance

  • Contribute to the development of reports and tools to support capacity building, policy development and investor collective engagement

Communications

  • Represent WWF perspectives, present WWF research and tools, and demonstrate thought leadership on sustainable finance at regional/domestic conferences and other events

  • Manage the communication of research findings and WWF positions to finance sector stakeholders through multiple channels, e.g. press releases for mainstream/trade media, op-eds/blogs, interviews, social media, etc.

  • Manage communications with other WWF national offices and other relevant internal stakeholders to identify and address potential conflicts in objectives and interests

Training and capacity building

  • Develop and leverage technical expertise to support the organization and content development for capacity building workshops, webinars and other events targeted at finance sector stakeholders on sustainable finance and ESG issues/trends

  • Work with WWF commodity, climate and water experts to distill insights and knowledge into guidance and recommendations for the finance sector

  • Build capacity of wider WWF network on sustainable finance and ensure understanding of its contribution to their respective interests and priorities

Developing green and blue financial solutions

  • Conduct research on emerging green and blue financial solutions to support the development and structuring of innovative financial solutions to mobilize additional capital to protect and restore nature and communities

  • Support collaborations with financial institutions to pilot, implement and measure the impacts of green financial solutions

Fund raising, budgeting, and reporting

  • Contribute to writing funding proposals to secure long-term funding for both the Singapore sustainable finance team and regional offices

  • Assist in monitoring, evaluating, budgeting and reporting of project performance against planned objectives and deliverables and milestones

 

III. Profile:

Required Qualifications

  • Relevant educational qualifications, Master’s Degree preferred, in relevant field;

  • Minimum 4 years working experience in the fields of sustainable/development finance, corporate sustainability, or climate/environmental policy

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Able to prioritize, work in a dynamic environment and operate under tight deadlines

  • Ability to work independently and proactively;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • Adherence to WWF’s values, which are: Courage, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration

Must be able to travel internationally (approx. 15%)

 

IV. Working Relationships:

Internal – Relevant departments within the WWF network

External –Financial institutions, regulators, stock exchanges, responsible finance platforms and consultants

 

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

Interested candidates should email a CV and a cover letter to hr@wwf.sg by June 24th, 2021, with position title in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.