Head of Communications & Advocacy, Asia Pacific | WWF
Head of Communications & Advocacy, Asia Pacific

Posted on 11 March 2020

Based in location where WWF International has a presence in Asia
WWF’s strategy harnesses the strengths of the WWF network in a shared vision, focusing 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.  Our vision is to protect and restore nature for the benefit of people and the planet in support of the sustainable development goals. 
In support of this strategy WWF International is designed to unite WWF offices and its near 6,400 staff around the world. This enables WWF to build strong partnerships across the world with government, business, civil society and individuals. Together, we will deliver on WWF’s ambitious goals.
WWF Asia Pacific is a Regional Office that oversees the Country Offices that are managed by WWF International in the region (Greater Mekong; (Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam); Pacific; (Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands); and Mongolia).
As Head of Communications and Advocacy, Asia Pacific you will enable WWF Asia Pacific Country Offices to grow in strength and influence by leading the development and implementation of well defined, engaging national and regional communications and advocacy strategies to establish a trusted, strong and influential Asia Pacific conservation identity recognised and supported by priority audiences, partners and donors.
In doing so, the Head of Communications and Advocacy will:
  • Strengthen communications and advocacy capacity within the Asia Pacific Country Offices to support the achievement of national, regional and global conservation goals and to increase national and regional funding.
  • Act as a strategic advisor to Asia Pacific Country Office’s Senior Management Teams on communications, advocacy and issues of reputational risk, including working with national Country Management teams & communications leads to develop mitigation and crisis response plans.
  • Represent Asia Pacific Country Office communicators and act as Asia Pacific communications regional focal point, liaising, aligning and working closely with WWF International communications team
  • Lead regional advocacy, establishing relationships with regional intergovernmental organizations and representing WWF positioning at priority regional fora.
Based in: A location where WWF International has a presence in Asia, with extensive travel within the region and globally.
Reports to: Regional Director, Asia Pacific 
Supervises: One or more regional communications positions 

Your qualifications and demonstrable experience will include:
  • An advanced degree in communications, advocacy, management, business administration or other relevant field.
  • At least 10 years’ professional experience in a leadership role within communications and advocacy with demonstrated success in growing capacity, managing teams and working with informal reporting lines.
  • Proven success in developing and executing successful, innovative and highly leveraged communications and advocacy strategies
  • Proven editorial judgement and experience levering the power of traditional and online media and audience engagement.
  • Proven experience initiating and leading cross sector partnerships to achieve advocacy aims.
  • Outstanding English writing skills and strong analytical, capacity assessment, and planning skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of the not-for-profit sector, preferably of environmental non-governmental organizations.
  • A strong team player capable of integrating diverse activities within an evolving environment; must be comfortable with change and leading change within an organizational framework.
  • Fully supportive of WWF’s mission and global priorities.
  • Fluency in English required and a willingness to travel
WWF International can offer you:
3 year fixed term contract with possible extension
Please note the compensation package will be aligned with local salary and benefits conditions, in line with our reward policy.  We offer a comprehensive deployment package for successful candidates who relocate internationally for the purpose of this role.
For more information on our work in Asia Pacific please visit:
  How to apply:
If you have the skills and experience and are interested in leading our Communications and Advocacy in Asia Pacific, please email your cover letter and CV in English, quoting “Head of Communications & Advocacy, Asia Pacific” to AsiaPacificRecruitment@wwfint.org
Deadline for applications: April 12, 2020
Thank you in advance for your interest in this position. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within six weeks of the closing date, please consider your application on this occasion, unsuccessful for this role.

Female and Asian national applicants are encouraged to apply for this position.  Work permit restrictions may apply.

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