WWF is looking for a Senior Specialist, Sustainable Development

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Senior Specialist, Sustainable Development


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Peter Winsor

Director, WWF Global Arctic Programme


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Do you want to have a positive impact on the future of the Arctic and transform the climate change story? Are you interested in working with an organization that has over 25 years of experience in the Arctic? Climate change is having a dramatic effect in the Arctic, and development is predicted to attract hundreds of billions of dollars of new spending in the next 25 years due to increased access resulting from loss of sea ice and other climate change impacts, along with a growing global demand for resources.
We are looking for a well-connected, experienced, and strategic influencer who is committed to ensuring a future Arctic that is biodiverse, sustainable, and liveable for the long term. We need someone who excels in international arenas, is commited to moving WWF’s policy and sustainable development goals forward, and who has advanced knowledge of Arctic development operations and challenges in the key sectors of investment, oil and gas, energy, fishing, infrastructure, and shipping.
Key Responsibilities
  • Lead the implementation of WWF’s sustainable development efforts in the Arctic and ensures that sustainability is prioritized over exploitation in the Arctic.
  • Represent WWF at international organizations, meetings, and conferences. Strategize, develop,and provide expert advice toward and lead WWF sustainable development initiatives.
  • Build, strengthen, and diversify relationships with external partners in government, industry, finance, and the non-governmental community, and with Indigenous People’s organizations.
  • Build relationships within the WWF network and lead a WWF Sustainable Development Working Group.
  • Initiate WWF’s efforts on investment and finance as it relates to sustainable development in the Arctic.
  • Develop frameworks, screening products, and other tools that engage different stakeholders, including insurance and investment, oil and gas, and shipping sectors; Arctic communities; governments; and renewable energy companies.
  • Monitor regional and global developments in industry, science, policy, and trends in sustainable development, as well as emerging threats to the Arctic due to climate change.
  • Develop policy, positions, and community outreach materials and contribute to communications messages.
  • Submit interventions and policy recommendations to international bodies.
  • Support fundraising and administration: identify new sources of funding, develop and submit fundraising proposals, and pursue and steward relationships with new donors in coordination with WWF colleagues.
What We Are Looking For
  • Either Master’s degree or PhD in a relevant discipline for example, social sciences, sciences, policy, economics, business.
  • 10+ years of relevant professional experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of Arctic development operations and challenges, including key sectors (investment, oil and gas, energy, fishing, infrastructure, and shipping).
  • Excellent leadership, management, coordination, motivational, and interpersonal skills, including strong experience coordinating / leading virtual remote teams.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to develop positive relationships with all stakeholders involved in Arctic development discussions, understanding Indigenous perspectives is an asset.
The position is ideally based in a WWF office in Europe, but other locations will be considered. However please observe that the possible hosting offices will be confirmed during the application process.
Travel to Europe and WWF Arctic offices will be required.
Submit your application not later than 2021-11-07. Selection and interviews will be conducted continuously.
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Final application date 2021-11-07

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The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s most important environmental organisations. With projects in more than a hundred countries, our mission is to preserve the world’s biological diversity. At the same time, we aim to strengthen people’s awareness of the need to deal responsibly with the natural resources that provide the basis for life itself – which also includes a sustainable economy. More than five million people support us by donating money or by becoming personally involved.

Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration.