Head, People Development | WWF

Head, People Development

Posted on
07 December 2017
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 Head, People Development for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.


Flexible Internationally (open for any network offices in regions)

The Role:

Working closely with the HR community, develops, directs and implements learning and development initiatives that address the immediate and long term learning and desired culture shift requirements in the WWF Network. Ensures delivery on leadership and talent development across WWF network. Coordinates HR Community projects by supporting the Global HR Leadership team.

Main responsibilities:

Working closely with the Global HR Leadership team and broadly with the whole HR community,
  • Develops network-wide integrated approaches to talent management, leadership development and succession planning;
  • Ensures embedding of desired behaviours in all people development programs;
  • Ensures implementation of Induction program for newcomers across key hubs;
  • Designs and implements a suite of core network leadership development programmes;
  • Designs and delivers a concerted approach to shift the organization towards a high-performance culture and a comprehensive learning strategy that addresses key capacity needs;
  • Future-proofs the organization by driving high individual learning agility and collective learning through a strategy that effectively stimulates a learning and sharing orientation and provides access to skills and career development to virtually all WWF staff worldwide;
  • Builds and manages the learning tools and platforms for WWF staff  across the network for all emerging and ongoing organization learning needs;
  • Supports Practice teams in ensuring an integrated learning and workflow approach through specific learning platforms and frameworks;
  • Advises and coaches senior leaders on key people development issues;
  • Works with senior network leaders and senior members of the HR community to actively manage network talent pools, directly through existing programs, and/or by providing new frameworks and resources;
  • Provides advice on organizational culture and change to senior management teams;
  • Orchestrates virtual groups of staff from all levels in the organization to engage them on new way of working and learning opportunities;
  • Supports in designing and facilitation if required for key organization forums and team building events;
  • Develops relationship with external partners, institutions, organizations and experts who can help WWF with continuously working towards being a learning organization;
  • Supports Director HR  in driving key global HR initiatives with the Global HR Leadership team and the HR community;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director HR.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies:

  • A university degree in appropriate discipline;
  • A minimum of 10 years' professional experience in learning and development in an international, multi-cultural environment;
  • Familiarity and experience with different learning systems, programme design, and facilitation;
  • Strong business acumen and strategic orientation;
  • Experience working with social media tools and applying them in learning strategy.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, coaching and persuasion skills;
  • Ability to identify, conceptualize, provide strategic solutions and implement apt learning programmes for different levels of the organization;
  • Excellent influencing, facilitation and training skills;
  • Ability to manage people virtually, and build a service oriented team;
  • Positive attitude and an organized approach to work;
  • Willing to travel;
  • Demonstrates interest in conservation;
  • Perfect written and spoken English and any other regional language will be an asset;
  • Demonstrates WWF behaviours in way of working: Strive for Impact, Listen Deeply, Collaborate Openly, Innovate Fearlessly;
  • Adheres to WWF’s Brand Values which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

How to apply?

Upload your covering letter and CV on LinkedIn as one file.  We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.
Work permit restrictions may apply. 
Deadline for applications: 01st January 2018
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.
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