Programmes Lead, Conservation | WWF
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Position title: Programmes Lead, Conservation

Reports to: Conservation Director

Contract type: Permanent

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 natural resources for people in Singapore, supports a global network that spans over 100 countries, and supports in-situ conservation with partner offices in the region. To meet key conservation goals for food, forests, oceans, freshwater, wildlife, food and climate and energy, WWF-Singapore addresses issues important to Singapore and the region, including: deforestation, peatland degradation and fire; wildlife crime, markets and illegal wildlife trade; sustainable fisheries and resilient coral reefs; free-flowing rivers and sustainable infrastructure; and responsible environmental footprint. We achieve this through investing in field projects in key regional landscapes and seascapes, and by leading innovative market transformation initiatives, sustainable finance and nature based solutions, policy and advocacy, and education and outreach.

Major Functions: 

The Programmes Lead is responsible for the development and delivery of WWF’s strategy and programmes in SE Asia and Singapore, focusing on oceans and freshwater. The post-holder curates a large portfolio of strategically-aligned field projects in the region, working with partner offices and WWF-Singapore’s Fundraising team to identify and deliver projects aligned to the conservation strategy, and ensuring compliance and risk management. He/She works with the Conservation Director and relevant WWF-Singapore department heads and partners in the region and global Network to co-design and deliver innovative and scalable conservation projects, drawing on WWF strengths in sustainable commodities, market transformation, sustainable finance, policy and advocacy, and education and outreach. He/She represents WWF-Singapore in select internal and external engagements.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Programme Management

  • Develop and oversee WWF-Singapore’s conservation programmes for oceans, freshwater and Singapore, focusing on: 1) sustainable fisheries and resilient coral reefs; 2) free-flowing rivers and sustainable infrastructure, and 3) Singapore’s responsible environmental footprint and Nature-based Solutions. This will include a focus on priority landscapes and priority species, and build upon an existing portfolio of projects and commitments.

  • Manage a portfolio of projects selected and designed to deliver WWF-Singapore’s strategic goals. This will be a combination of field investments implemented by other WWF offices and partners, and stand-alone conservation projects implemented by WWF Singapore both locally and regionally.

  • Work with colleagues to ensure conservation projects are well-designed and deliver meaningful impact.

  • Set budgets and manage expenditure and reporting, working with the guidance of the Conservation Director and the Fundraising and Finance teams.

  • Manage line reports and work with other WWF staff and (where relevant) consultants and partners to deliver projects with maximum impact.

  • Capture lessons learned, seek out innovation in measuring effectiveness and impact, leverage knowledge of external best practices and emerging trends.

  • Ensure that all activities are in compliance with the project’s documents, WWF’s guidance, policies and procedures, contractual obligations, as well as donor’s requirements. This includes the review and approval of Technical Progress Reports and budgets for all conservation projects within the programme portfolios, and all other monitoring, reporting and management duties, including risk management as it relates to the Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF).

Thought Leadership

  • Provide thought-leadership on SE Asia conservation issues, with a focus on marine and freshwater ecosystems, ensuring that WWF-Singapore’s strategy is informed by science and a robust theory of change, drawing on technical knowledge and both internal and external expertise and innovation.

  • Represent WWF at relevant conferences, seminars, meetings and forums. 

  • Facilitate knowledge sharing and, where relevant, collaborate with relevant specialists and partners locally and across the WWF Network.

  • Undertake external outreach on conservation with key stakeholders, including meeting with strategic partners, giving public and private presentations, and leading and/or contributing to workshops.

Strategic Partnerships and Projects

  • Develop strong familiarity with WWF’s work in Singapore and SE Asia as it relates to marine and freshwater programme outcomes.

  • Build and maintain good relations with WWF staff in the region, and wider Network, relevant to delivering the forest programmes.

  • Review and provide technical guidance to all project documents, proposals, reports and evaluations submitted to key stakeholders including donors.

  • Ensure that WWF-Singapore’s projects – where relevant to oceans and freshwater – are informed by good science and practicality, in both design and execution, from conservation to education and outreach, sustainable finance, markets transformation, policy and advocacy, communications and fundraising. Work closely with other departments to ensure this.

  • Work with the Fundraising department to ensure that funding opportunities are identified and secured, and that project reports and new proposals for funding are carefully vetted.

  • Work with the Communications department to ensure good communications – internal and external – for relevant conservation projects, and that outreach material is carefully vetted.

  • Commission, lead and/or contribute to research projects as/when required to meet conservation goals.

Qualifications and Experience

  • PhD or Masters in conservation, environmental studies, natural resource management, other natural/social sciences or related fields.

  • At least 6 years of professional experience in conservation; with a minimum of 2 years in a leadership and management position.

  • Proven experience in thinking strategically to support programme development and delivery.

  • Experience and a proven track record of collaborating and building strategic stakeholder relationships.

Skills and Expertise

  • Proven ability to lead and encourage team empowerment and autonomy while keeping oversight and accountability for the team.

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multinational organisation across regions and contexts, with cross-cutting practices and multi-disciplinary teams.

  • A proven record of sound judgment and decision-making skills to define and defend priorities.

  • Excellent organisational skills, with experience in strategic planning, managing complex projects and diverse project partners.

  • Ability to translate complex and technical material into information that can be used effectively by colleagues from other practices and decision-makers in the public or private sector.

  • Strong analytical skills and logical thinking; ability to visualise data and information to generate meaningful insights that can be translated to maximise conservation impact.

  • An understanding of the importance of working alongside indigenous peoples and local communities to deliver the best conservation outcomes.

  • Knowledge of policies and approaches aimed at safeguarding the rights and well-being of indigenous peoples and local communities.

  • Excellent presentation and communication skills in written and spoken English.

  • Ability to work independently and proactively in a fast-changing environment with a proven track record in adaptive management.

  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are; Courage, Integrity, Respect and Collaboration.

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

“Programmes Lead, Conservation” to

Deadline for applications: 8 May 2021