Palm Oil Project Assistant – WWF Singapore | WWF
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Position title: Palm Oil Project Assistant – WWF Singapore

Reports to: Global Palm Oil Lead

Start Date: Immediately


About World Wide Fund for Nature, Singapore (WWF)

WWF-Singapore is a Singapore-registered charity, a network member of WWF International – one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. WWF-Singapore protects critical resources for people in Singapore by driving change across government, business, civil society and local communities. To meet key conservation goals, we address issues such as deforestation, haze pollution, seafood sustainability and illegal wildlife trade in Singapore and around the region. We deliver transformational corporate partnerships, fundraising to execute local and global conservation programmes and projects and community outreach to achieve WWF’s global goals for food, forests, oceans, water, wildlife, and climate and energy.  As one of WWF’s global hubs, WWF-Singapore supports a global network that spans over 100 countries.

WWF’s vision is a future where all palm oil is produced without causing deforestation, peatland and environmental degradation or harming wildlife, where workers are treated fairly, and communities' rights are respected, and producers including smallholder farmers have access to tools for responsible production and access to benefit from the market for responsible palm oil.

WWF’s goals for palm oil are to:

  • Protect: Wildlife and the environment is protected from expansion, and palm oil driven deforestation and natural habitat conversion is halted

  • Produce: Production is sustainable in resilient and biodiverse landscapes, no longer contributes to climate change, and the industry provides sustainable livelihoods, reduces poverty and respects human rights

  • Restore: The industry becomes a driver for wildlife conservation and restoration efforts, ensuring that landscapes with palm oil are healthy and living


Major Functions: 

The Project Assistant will help to implement and support WWF-Singapore’s projects and activities related to the Global Palm Oil Strategy. This includes working with WWF offices around the world and contributing to interventions that promote sustainable production, sustainable trade and sustainable consumption of Palm Oil.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:  

Technical Support

  • Support project and communications work with fact-checking and use of scientific evidence as required.

  • Generate and analyse data and descriptive statistics in relation to a) work relevant to Global Palm oil strategy, and b) project activities.

  • Assistance in writing and vetting presentations, project reports and other documents.

  • Identification of funding opportunities (in collaboration with fund-raising team colleagues) and assistance in writing funding proposals.

Stakeholder engagement

  • Organisation and coordination of meetings and workshops with internal staff and (where applicable) external colleagues and partners.

  • Coordination of external engagements to promote WWF’s position on sustainable palm oil (including speaking engagements, workshops and consultative committees).


  • Attending meetings and recording minutes as required, assistance with travel arrangements and meeting coordination.

  • Responsible for maintaining and updating Global Palm Oil internal and external knowledge sharing platforms.

  • Undertake other appropriate tasks as assigned by the Supervisor.


Required qualifications and skills:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental or biological sciences or related fields.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of sustainability, conservation and related topics.

  • Two years of experience working in conservation, sustainability, natural resource management or related fields.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

  • Good organisational skills.


You need to:

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

  • Be able to work independently.

  • Have great organisational and multi-tasking skills, attention and dedication to details.

  • Be able to handle coordination of various stakeholders on complex projects.

  • Ideally, have experience in project management and collaborations with external partners.

  • Adhere to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.


WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

This job description covers the main tasks. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.

Interested candidates should email a CV and a cover letter with the title “Palm Oil Project Assistant” to

Deadline for applications: 5 January 2020