Senior Specialist, Initiative Operations | WWF
Senior Specialist, Initiative Operations

Posted on 03 June 2019

WWF launched a new strategy that harnesses the strengths of the WWF network in a shared vision, focussing on six major goals - water, wildlife, the ocean, climate and energy, forests, and food – and three key drivers of environmental problems – markets, finance and governance. In support of this strategy WWF undertook a redesign of its international secretariat that will further unite WWF offices and its near 6,400 staff around the world. This will help WWF to build stronger partnerships across the world with government, business, civil society and individuals. Together, we will deliver on WWF’s ambitious goals. We are recruiting the role of Senior Specialist, Initiative Operations for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.


WWF International in Woking, UK.


Between £35,318-£40,000 gross per year, based on full-time employment.

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Mission of the Department:

To ensure a high performing Network globally that delivers conservation impact by: 
  • Strengthening WWF Network’s performance at global, regional, country and initiative level and delivering WWF Network’s strategic performance framework.
  • Ensuring effective mechanisms are in place for Offices, Practices and Initiatives strategy development, planning, performance monitoring, reporting, and knowledge sharing, as well as for Practice and Initiative Operations. 
  • Developing standards and processes for Integrated Planning and Performance Management (IPM), using IPM to improve Network effectiveness and impact.

The Role:

Supports effective operationalisation of Practice Initiatives, working with Practice and initiative teams, WWF International Operations Division. and relevant Network office colleagues to provide fit-for-purpose operational guidance, processes, collaboration and support mechanisms. Manages the Funding Platform operations, including support for initiatives in providing quality budgetary and operational information.

Main responsibilities:

  • Function as the operations focal point in the Global Conservation Dept for Practice Leaders and their core teams in delivering initiatives
  • Maintain oversight of relevant aspects of Practice operations, to enable delivery of initiatives and help to resolve issues arising, consulting as necessary with relevant colleagues
  • Prepare regular reports on progress achieved in operational set-up and implementation of Practice initiatives
  • Manage the Funding Platform operations, communications, training, stakeholder engagement, and future functionality development
  • Review and help improve Funding Platform initiative budget and operational information quality
  • Define and clearly communicate Practice and Initiative-related budgetary and operational guidance, following Network Standards
  • Coordinate with WWF International People & Culture, Finance and other Operations colleagues as needed in providing effective operational support to priority initiative teams
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Director, Planning and Performance or Global Conservation Director

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies:

Required Qualifications

  • University or Polytechnic degree
  • At least 4-5 years practical, hands-on experience in project management and/or operations.
  • Experience in an international, multi-cultural working environment.
  • Understanding and interest in environmental, sustainability, or conservation issues
  • Familiarity with working in virtual teams across multiple time zones

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent organisation skills, numerate, ability to prioritize; attention to detail and follow-through
  • Proactive attitude and ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent team player with good networking, interpersonal skills and ability to communicate cross-culturally
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English; other languages an advantage
  • Excellent computer skills, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Google suite of tools, databases, and social media
  • Diplomatic and able to interact credibly with WWF senior management.
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.
  • Demonstrates WWF behaviours in ways of working: strive for impact, listen deeply, collaborate openly and innovate fearlessly.

How to apply

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Deadline for applications: by 17 June 2019.
Work permit restrictions may apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

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