Regional Community Partnerships Lead, WWF Tigers Alive | WWF
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Position title:                      Regional Community Partnerships Lead, WWF Tigers Alive

Reports to:                          Habitats and conflicts Lead, TAI

Location :                           Any Tiger Range country


  1.       Mission of the Department:

Tigers Alive is the initiative of WWF established to support the global goal of doubling the number of wild tigers by 2022. At the heart of Tigers Alive is tiger population recovery. Efforts underway in all of the focal landscapes are aimed at providing the conditions for rapid recovery of tiger populations. This position is therefore a critical point of inspiration and leverage both internally within WWF but also externally where efforts are also slowly turning away from the defensive approach to conservation.

In 2018, WWF announced that a specific component of the Tigers Alive Strategy, the 50 tiger heartlands, is to be a WWF High Impact initiative, marking this component as one of the highest priorities in the WWF Network. The Heartlands strategy is about establishing effective management (measured against the CA|TS standards) to give every chance to these 50 sites to recover their tiger populations and to act as future sources of tigers for repopulating landscapes.

While the work of recovery is very site focused, this position will also lead the networks contribution to landscape and global tiger recovery. This position therefore requires an understanding of tiger ecology, population recovery and conservation and will build good working relationships within WWF and externally with partners focused on tiger recovery.

  1. Purpose of the job:

An exciting opportunity for a career community development practitioner to use their expertise to innovate and develop a future for people and tigers. Communities are the foundation for long term persistence of tigers in the wild, and the position offers an innovative opportunity for the development and delivery of a People Centred Tiger Conservation approach that contributes to developing community partnerships for tiger recovery and securing landscapes in the long term.

  1. Key Accountabilities:

  •  Lead the development, refinement and roll-out of a People Centered Tiger Conservation approach and piloting of a social carrying capacity mechanism as part of the approach.

  • Provide expert technical in the development of incentive frameworks for corporate, smallholders, and commodities sector actors, across multiple tiger landscapes, as a means to facilitate their roles in developing partnerships for tiger recovery and maintain or expand space for tigers into the future.

  • Identifying large global funding opportunities (e.g. funds directed towards communities, indigenous peoples, sustainable development, or climate outcomes, as well those tied to impact investment, offset markets, green bonds or other similar approaches) to align with the development of partnerships locally. Such opportunities will necessarily support tiger habitat protection linked to the communities work.

  • Provide expert input into WWF Tigers Alive team discussions and strategic direction,

  • Serve as the WWF Tigers Alive focal point and thought leader for the network on adopting, trialing and implementing innovative approaches to community centered tiger recovery.

  • Represent the global WWF Network as a subject-matter expert on community-centered conservation, be this through participation or presentations at relevant conferences or meetings, or through media engagement or written pieces.

  • Assist WWF Network offices operating in tiger range countries to bring current thinking and new approaches to their work to modernize and improve their community programs as required.

  1. Job level responsibilities

  • Contributes to strategic and operational planning, systems, processes, delivery and reporting.

  • Complies with all applicable legislation, standards, policies and practices, particularly Advocacy with Excellence, Information Security, health and safety, child protection, security, sustainability, and equal employment opportunity.

  • Aligns own work with WWFs mission, Guiding Principles, Brand and I-KODE Values – Acts with Integrity, Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

  • Demonstrates a high degree of cultural sensitivity and treats all people with dignity and respect.

  • Adheres to the WWF Standards of Conservation Project and Program Management.


  1. Relationships and communications

The role requires a high degree of team-work, which rests upon the development and maintenance of positive and constructive relationships across the organization. This includes:    

  • A working relationship with community focal points in tiger landscapes and their teams, characterized by frequent and ongoing communication.

  • Linking with and between staff across the WWF Network to advance the goals of this position.

  • Working productively with staff in partner organizations and other relevant institutions.

  • Working with and supporting or improving relevant technical hubs and Working Groups.

  • Promoting tiger landscapes across WWF network for funding and technical support to ensure gaps are filled.

Job Challenges

  • The position requires the skills to build trust and work collaboratively to achieve engagement across diverse teams.

  • The geographically dispersed nature of WWF requires advanced people and project management and communication skills.

  • Quickly developing then maintaining knowledge of WWF’s strategic objectives and activities and communicating this to the public and supporters in an engaging, meaningful way.

Recognizing, understanding and accounting for the varied economic and cultural interests within communities during the course of this work.

  1. Profile:

Required Qualifications  

  •    Post graduate degree in a field relevant to the position (community / international aid and development, livelihoods, conservation),  combined with professional experience on the ground.                        

Required Skills and Competencies

  • You will have demonstrable experience (preferably in the Asian region) in program development including the design, co-ordination, implementation and oversight of multi-country programs and in complex social situations which you will be able to integrate into a single program approach.

  • You will have demonstrable experience in fundraising for multi-country programs and a good understanding of the current global funding landscape and for the Asian region.

  • You will be a proven self-starter, analytical and able to prioritize, handle and communicate a lot of information effectively to multiple, diverse stakeholder groups.

  • You will have proven interpersonal skills, including facilitation and representation skills.

  • You will have extensive experience working in international community development  projects and programs, and desirable is knowledge and experience in conservation field.

  • You will have working knowledge and experience in the areas of conservation theory/practice,  and the integration of community development, economic and social sustainability mechanisms.

  • Proven experience developing and coordinating community livelihoods  programs and projects, including those delivered through multiple partners, across different disciplines and cultural backgrounds.

  • Experience working at remote rural community level

  • Excellent written and verbal English skills with the proven ability in translating technical and academic information for a public and  non-technical audience.

  • Cross-cultural skills and a track record of working in diverse geographies.

  • Employment screening checks (e.g. Criminal Record Check or Working with Children Check)

  • Flexibility in working hours as position covers multiple time zones.

  • Periodic international travel.

We may also disclose personal data about you to our affiliates in the network in order to manage our relationship with you.

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.

How to apply?

Interested candidates should email a CV and a cover letter to Madeleine Xavier (Email: by 3rd December 2019.