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Position title:                        Global Palm Oil Lead

Reports to:                           CEO, WWF-Singapore

Location:                              Singapore

Summary of Role:

In close collaboration with the WWF-International Practices for Markets and Forests, and the WWF-Singapore Conservation Director, the Global Palm Oil Lead is responsible for overseeing the direction and implementation of WWF’s global palm oil strategy and activities. They have a strong technical grasp of palm oil sustainability topics, being responsible for WWF’s global position on palm oil and supporting WWF’s international, regional and national staff on palm oil related topics. They are an excellent strategist, communicator and networker, acting as an external-facing representative for WWF’s work on palm oil, in media and conferences, and with government, civil society, academia, finance and business. As both a leader and a collaborator, they develop and oversee global palm oil projects, and chair WWF’s global palm oil working group. They are responsible for leading and managing the Singapore-based global palm oil team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction to the WWF network on palm oil, motivating and guiding collaboration between WWF network staff to deliver meaningful and measurable impact. Adaptive management of the strategy to deliver impactful outcomes in relation to preventing deforestation and increasing the volumes of sustainably produced palm oil is the most important responsibility of this role.

  • Develop and oversee global palm oil projects and activities, managing the global palm oil team based in Singapore to ensure clear prioritisation of work in line with the strategy. This includes responsibility for preparing, updating and reporting on the global palm oil work plan.

  • Oversee the successful delivery of grants and projects managed by the global palm oil programme, including those managed by palm oil team members. This includes the Asia Sustainable Palm Oil Links (ASPOL) programme and the Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard https://palmoilscorecard.panda.org/.

  • Design and initiate new projects to deliver the global palm oil strategy.  These projects will be  managed by the global palm oil team, in consultation with WWF-International, WWF-Singapore and other WWF offices, as needed. This requires strategic and close collaboration with the WWF-Singapore Conservation Director.

  • Work with fundraising staff to secure long-term finance for the global palm oil programme.

  • Manage and be accountable for budget committed to the global palm oil strategy and work plan, overseeing expenditure and reporting.

  • Collaborate with other WWF offices and teams as needed to deliver the global strategy, by informing strategic direction, proposal design, fund-raising and engagement with external stakeholders.

  • Coordinate and drive the WWF regional palm oil strategies for Latin America, Africa and Asia, and support the palm oil activities and projects in other WWF offices such as the European Policy Office.

  • Chair the network’s palm oil working group, ensuring good communication and collaboration within the network, and securing alignment within the network prior to engaging with external parties.

  • Contribute to internal learning and knowledge management by routinely and consistently sharing lessons learned and models of change.

  • Engage with the WWF network to keep current on the latest data, priorities and initiatives, as relevant to the palm oil strategy. Ensure that the palm oil team collaborates as a focal point with the WWF International Food, Forests and Market Practices, and with other global commodity leads and those working on sustainable landscape and jurisdictional approaches, policy positions, sustainable finance and corporate engagement.

  • Ensure that WWF’s interests are represented in priority industry platforms, initiatives, standards and bodies for palm oil, to include the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG). Support WWF engagement on palm oil with related platforms including the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA), the High Conservation Value (HCV) Network and the Accountability Framework initiative (AFi), and connect as required with other WWF staff engaged in palm oil platforms.

  • Working with the programme’s palm oil communications manager, ensure that all WWF campaigns, communications, messaging and outreach are underpinned by a well thought through global palm oil position.

  • Represent WWF externally on key messages for palm oil targeted to different audiences; in media and conferences, and with government, civil society, academia, finance and business. Develop asks, compelling arguments, and business cases for sustainable palm oil.

  • Contribute to the WWF Singapore conservation strategy with respect to palm oil and its related sustainability issues, and support or lead (where appropriate) activities in Singapore with key stakeholders including government agencies, Singapore-based companies, and other organizations relevant for palm oil.

Job Requirements:

  • Relevant academic qualifications (university level) in agriculture, economics, natural sciences, or related discipline.

  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience, with a minimum of three years in a leadership and management position in an international context.

  • In-depth knowledge of sustainability issues in the palm oil sector.

  • Experience of agri-business and/or related policy measures.

  • Experience in corporate and government engagement, preferably in Asia, coupled with experience of influencing policy and practice in governments and/or corporates with tact and sensitivity.

  • Track record of developing and implementing strategy and action that contributes to system change.

  • Experience in raising and managing funds.

  • Familiarity with the WWF network and/or other international NGOs is an advantage.

You need to:

  • Be an effective strategist and an experienced manager and motivator who understands the wider objectives of the organization.

  • Be an outstanding communicator who can act as a credibly representative when engaging (major) donors and external stakeholders.

  • Be a self-starter with a high level of motivation and drive.

  • Be able to work independently as well as with others in a cross-functional team and network environment.

  • Be a good developer and supporter of staff and motivate the team to produce high quality and credible outputs.

  • Have excellent organizational skills and ability to write and speak persuasively.

  • Be able to handle coordination with multiple stakeholders on complex projects. 

  • Have experience in project management and collaboration with external partners.

  • Adhere to WWF’s values, which are: Collaborate, Respect, Integrity, Courage.

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.

About WWF’s global palm oil programme:

WWF’s vision is to halt the conversion of natural ecosystems by palm oil, ensuring that production, trade and consumption is responsible, protects, restores and connects landscapes, and benefits people and nature.

The global palm oil programme is responsible for the global strategy and position of WWF on palm oil both internally and externally, and represents the network on technical and multi-stakeholder groups such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). It chairs the network’s palm oil working group, facilitates and supports the network’s work on palm oil, and leads on projects of its own such as the Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard and managing the Asia Sustainable Palm Oil Links (ASPOL) programme.

See: https://wwf.panda.org/palm_oil

See: https://palmoilscorecard.panda.org/

How to apply?:

Interested candidates should email a CV and a cover letter to HR Department (Email: hr@wwf.sg). Closing date for applications is 05 September 2021. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

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