Assistant Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance | WWF
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 JOB DESCRIPTION 

Position title: Assistant Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance 

Reports to: Head, Asia Sustainable Finance  

Date: November 2019 

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 AVP will 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 

 

IV. Profile:  

                 Required Qualifications  

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

· Minimum 6 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: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and 

Engaging. 

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

 

V. Working Relationships:  

Internal – Relevant departments within the WWF network  

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