Tiger Recovery and Landscape Lead | WWF
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​Position title:                      Tiger Recovery and Landscape Lead

Location :                           AnyTiger 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 Heartlands 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. Key Accountabilities: 


  • Lead the technical and strategic development of a tiger population recovery programme across all of WWF’s tiger landscapes. 
  • Represent WWF in global assessments and planning for tiger population recovery including actions such as the TCL 3.0 (the latest version of the tiger conservation landscape strategy).
  • Support the Tigers Alive Lead in the coordination of the work of each of the WWF offices responsible for the delivery of the Tiger Heartlands High Impact Initiative.
  • Work closely with the CA|TS Manager to ensure that each of the WWF focal sites are on track to reach CA|TS standard by 2022 or well onto the path towards CA|TS. 
  • Act as the principal WWF spokesperson and expert on tiger ecology, behavior and recovery 


  • Provide support to fundraising efforts including supporting donor visits, proposal preparation closely with Impact Manager and reporting on progress of recovery in the landscapes.
  • Together with the Tiger Scientist, manage and run the tiger biologist working group(TBWG).  
  • Work closely with the Tiger Science Lead and the TBWG to identify research gaps and facilitate the adoption of the best available technologies and science in their conservation activities. 
  • Contribute to the preparation of scientific papers related to tiger conservation and population recovery. 
  • Coordinate the work of the landscape teams in partnership with the Landscape Coordinators and TAI core team to ensure the quality, completion, compilation and implementation of the Recovery plans and ensure that they are kept up-to-date and relevant.
  • Facilitate closer coordination for TAI core team and within landscapes for implementation of the Zero poaching framework, SAFE systems, implementation of CA|TS including the HII sites, policy work integral for the recovery planning of tigers. 
  • Support the collection of the Landscape KPI data and provide support to the leaders in the collection of that data
  • Integration and alignment of KPI data with CA|TS Standards for effective monitoring of tiger sites
  • Support efforts to build the capacity of the landscape leads and their teams including operational plans, fundraising and budgets and lead regular landscape meetings. 
  • Keep abreast with current research and developments in tiger conservation, science and landscape conservation and share within the TAI and with landscape teams. Support efforts to communicate the issues and work in each of the landscapes


  1. Profile:


Required Qualifications and Skills

  •       Preferably Ph.D. degree in zoology, ecology or any related field with good analytical and writing skills. 
  • A minimum work experience of 10 years in related conservation work is required. 
  • Has a good knowledge of ecological modelling and statistical softwares relevant to big carnivore / tiger landscape ecology and recovery planning. 
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English are required. 
  • Good organising and management skills and coordinate global events.
  • Good interpersonal skills, innovative thinking and ability to work in a team as well as independently are critical. 
  • Good understandings of current issues especially having knowledge on environmental and conservation issues are required. 



  • Broad international conservation experience and familiarity with Tiger and other Asian big cat conservation issues , preferably with several years of working experience in more than one Asian country
  • A good understanding of relevant inter-governmental agendas including the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, Global Tiger Initiative, Global Tiger Recovery Program and the Global Tiger Forum;
  • Strong skills in programme planning and management, fund-raising, and project implementation including financial management;
  • Good interpersonal and leadership skills and ability to work effectively as part of a small team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches;
  • Fluency in English, and excellent English writing skills – with working knowledge of any Asian language
  • Excellent communications skills and experience of working with the media;
  • A willingness to travel widely and frequently and work under pressure;


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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: mxavier@wwf.sg) by 20thSeptember 2019.