Specialist, Markets Practice | WWF
Specialist, Markets Practice

Posted on 18 October 2019

Location: Flexible. WWF US (Washington) or WWF NL (Zeist)

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 Job title Specialist, Markets Practice for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.


Location:  Flexible. WWF US (Washington) or WWF NL (Zeist)


Work percentage:


Contract type:
Open Ended


Mission of the Department:

The Markets Practice guides WWF’s overall strategy to leverage markets and market players
to deliver WWF’s Global Goals. It identifies strategic opportunities for influence and
partnership and works with the WWF Network and external partners to deliver against these
opportunities. This includes strategies to influence positive actions by the corporate sector
(sectors and players most strategic to WWF’s goals) including small and large companies
across the value chain from production to retail. It also includes consumer engagement,
supporting community enterprises, and developing innovative solutions such as circular
economy and tech solutions. The Practice engages multi-sectoral business platforms and
multi-stakeholder initiatives (e.g., Consumer Goods Forum, Tropical Forest Alliance, WEF) to
achieve WWF’s goals.


Major Functions:

 To inform and implement WWF’s markets strategy. 

 To design and catalyse specific initiatives that deliver priority conservation goals.
 To provide ongoing strategic advice to initiatives including supporting landscape
sustainability in Latin America and other markets by leveraging market demand for
sustainably produced beef and soy, advancing market innovation through technology
applications and alternative business models, and building bridges between corporate
ambition and actionable projects.
 To guide the Network on the most relevant strategies to influence market players
across value chains and to help bring to market innovative and sustainable solutions.
 To guide a strong communications strategy and implementation plan for the Markets
Practice and WWF to occupy a thought leader position in markets related matters for
conservation impact.



Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

 Lead and implement strategies within a defined area of expertise (those areas mentioned above) in order to build a strong business case for action.
 Work with the Markets Practice Core Team to identify initiatives that engage a broad coalition and demonstrate the next generation WWF Markets practice.
 Bring expertise to the team in working with value chains, consumers, marketing, communications, and innovation.
 Engage and influence external relevant platforms, actors and processes.

 Create platforms and alliances to drive change (based on agreed Market Practice strategy) and work with other relevant parties to develop innovative approaches and tools.
 Manage the communications related matters of the Markets Practice


Required Qualifications: 

 12+ years of work experience in business and sustainability 

 Further experience in one or more of the following areas: Innovative business models; 

Sustainable value chains; Conversion/Deforestation-free strategies; Multi-stakeholder partnerships; Marketing and Communications; Building consumer demand for sustainable products and services 

 Experience working globally 

 MBA or a post graduate degree in Economics, Marketing, Sustainable Development, or other related fields 

 Perfect command of the English language. Any other language/s an asset. 


Required Skills and Competencies: 

 Proven knowledge and understanding of global market and business dynamics. 

 Proven ability to deliver initiatives. 

 Demonstrated experience in building alliances, initiatives or platforms for change that 

leverage the capacity of partners. 

 A network of external relationships that extends WWF’s current reach. 

 Evidence of agile proactive thinking combined with an optimistic approach within a realistic framework. 

 Self-starter, excellent communication and network skills, strong business acumen. 

 Ability to interact with senior business leaders. 

 Strong team player and internal organizational networker. 

 Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

 Demonstrates WWF behaviours in way of working: Strive for Impact, Listen Deeply, Collaborate Openly, Innovate Fearlessly; 

Working Relationships:


Internal – Report to Markets Practice Leader. Work closely with Markets Practice core team,
Leadership Team and Focal Points, other Markets Practice members and other Practices,
Global Partnerships team and the broader Network.

External – Other conservation, development and think tank organizations; broad coalitions
from private and public sectors; business and multi-stakeholder platforms; global and in-
country specialists, consultants and NGOs with markets experience



How to apply?

 ***Read carefully ***


Upload your English covering letter and CV  as one file on this platform.

We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.

Deadline for applications: by 03rd Novemberr 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.

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