Regional Head, Safeguards Asia - Myanmar | WWF
Regional Head, Safeguards Asia - Myanmar

Posted on 30 July 2019

Location: Myanmar

Mission of the department:

WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
To further strengthen our deep commitment to working in collaboration with indigenous peoples, local communities and respecting human rights, WWF International, is establishing a new Safeguards Division.
WWF International is currently recruiting for a number of key roles which will be responsible for embedding a robust Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) across our entire global Network of WWF offices.
The ESSF will represent an overarching policy on environmental and social risk management, providing for:  
  • Integrated environmental and social management to identify and manage the environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities of projects through the programme and project life cycle  
  • Effective stakeholder engagement through disclosure of project-related information and consultation with local communities on matters that directly affect them.

Major functions: 

The Regional Head Safeguards supports project teams in WWF’s implementation of its ESSF. The Regional Heads will also support the Director Environment and Social Safeguards in activities related to outreach, policy development and advocacy on these matters. 

Major duties and responsibilities:  

  • Serve as the Focal point  for environmental safeguards and/or environmental and social standards for a region and coordinate all environmental safeguards and/or environmental and social standards and enhancement activities within and between projects,
  • Share information with Landscape Leads, project team members, staff/consultants responsible for projects’ environmental safeguards/ESSs management, and other relevant regional staff 
  • Provide expert guidance and support for the screening of WWF projects for environmental (especially for projects with high risk ratings) risks, impacts, and vulnerabilities and identify risk management opportunities/strategies. Review the risk classification assigned to the project on a regular basis.  
  • In accordance with WWF’S ESSF, determine the appropriate environment and social risk classification of projects taking into account all relevant information such as the type, location, sensitivity and scale of the project, the nature and magnitude of the potential impacts, the capacity and commitment of the office and any third parties WWF is funding to manage risks and impacts in a manner consistent with the ESSF.   
  • In coordination with the Director Safeguards  and the training plan developed provide training on the ESSF and their provisions and implications for project preparation and implementation to WWF Network staff and potentially third parties 
  • Disseminate lessons learned and best practices from specific projects for research, knowledge and learning purposes. 
  • Monitor the environmental performance of the project in accordance with the ESSF.
  • Resolve project related questions from clients related to the interpretation of the ESSF under guidance from the Director Safeguards.  
  • Oversee the development of ESSF related guidance and technical support materials, such as guidelines, knowledge materials as applicable. 
  • Identify, collate, generate, and disseminate current knowledge, lessons, trends and development pertaining to ESSF into the conservation and development agenda at the regional levels;  


Required qualifications
  • Master’s degree in social sciences and management, law, environmental management, economics and  policies, social development, sociology, social development, anthropology, indigenous people’s studies,  or other relevant fields;
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant international experience in the areas of environmental safeguard systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of indigenous people’s policy  development and implementation; social safeguards; development of guidance, references and tools related to indigenous peoples and social safeguards; design and monitoring of climate change and development programs, projects and activities; and advocacy and capacity development;
Required skills and competencies   
  • Experience of working in multi-laterals or other bilateral development agencies that have similar systems
  • High degree of cultural sensitivity and ability to navigate complexity
  • Clear understanding of risk based approaches to managing projects and programmes
  • Strong organizational skills, results-driven;
  • Creativity, dynamism and diplomacy;
  • Sound judgement and decision-making skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and language skills, English essential and other languages desirable;
  • Works to the highest level of integrity and confidentiality
  • Clearly demonstrates behaviours aligned to the culture of WWF: Strive for Impact, Listen Deeply, Collaborate Openly and Innovate Fearlessly.
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

V. Working Relationships:

Internal – Interacts regularly with Regional Heads, Country Directors, Key Network stakeholders, Head of Compliance, Risk Management and Operations  
External – External partners and other international NGOs, civil society organisations
This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the tasks that are
anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs. 

How to apply?

Please send your application in English with cover letter to 
Applications without a CV and Covering Letter will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: by 02 September 2019

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Work permit restrictions may apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.