Manager, Asia Development Bank Partnership

Posted on 19 November 2021

LOCATION: Manila, Philippines
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Location: Manila, Philippines
Work percentage: 100%
Contract: Fixed-term of 18 months with possibility of renewal

Mission of the Department:

To raise funds for the Secretariat, WWF’s conservation programme and support collective fundraising efforts by the Network. Oversee public sector partnerships team at WWF International.

Major Functions:

The Asia Development Bank (ADB) Partnership Manager will be accountable for the day to day management of WWF’s engagement between WWF offices and Practices and the Asia Development Bank, under the terms of the ADB-WWF Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The primary objective of engaging with the ADB is to collaborate in areas that serve the mutual interests of the two organizations focused on enhancing environmental sustainability and achieving conservation impact in Asia and the Pacific. In particular, policies in line with carbon neutral by 2050 target through the UNFCCC COPs and nature positive by 2030 through CBD COPs are of high priority.
She/he provides high level leadership, liaison, linkages, analysis, strategic information, representation and support for delivering conservation impact at scale, influencing global priorities, and building influential and credible offices in Asia Pacific. To that effect, the Partnership Manager ensures effective and efficient engagement of WWF with the Asia Development Bank and other key institutional partners in Asia Pacific. She/he acts as the central focal point in a team responsible for the development, facilitation and coordination of WWF network’s partnership with the Asia Development Bank. The WWF-ADB Partnership Manager is in charge of developing the WWF ADB strategy and facilitating the joint work program agreed between WWF offices and practices, and ADB staff.
The role is focused on convening strategic and technical dialogues, advising WWF and ADB on issues of common interest, analyzing, and helping to develop and communicate opportunities for engagement in alignment with WWF conservation priorities and ADB policies and priorities for investment.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Internal Coordination and engagement

Facilitate and coordinate engagement of WWF teams on the development and implementation of the joint work plan with ADB staff, at HQ and at country level in ADB Member Countries;
Track and alert offices of ADB’s emerging priorities and programmes, especially in regions of interest - communicate opportunities for ADB financial support in the areas of technical assistance, capacity building, and innovative financing mechanisms;
Coordinate and align WWF expert input into institutional partnership opportunities and relevant ADB guidelines/ policies relevant to WWF global goals;
Synthesise and communicate learning on engagement with ADB to enhance knowledge and capacity of WWF network and its stakeholders through sharing experiences, best practices and lessons on working with ADB;
Coordinate with and build capacity of country offices and practice initiatives in strategic and technical engagement with ADB;
Work closely with other PSP Focal Points to develop a coordinated approach, knowledge and experience sharing.

Strategic dialogue and collaboration with ADB

Maintain and coordinate a high level partnership dialogue between WWF and ADB;
Hold regular discussions with key ADB staff including Directors-General/Directors of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC), Regional and Operational Programs, Vice-Presidents, Executive Directors;
Act as the central focal point in supporting, facilitating and monitoring relations with ADB at home office level, while also providing guidance and coaching to build decentralized engagement between WWF offices and ADB resident missions in Asia Pacific region;
Plan for and participate in key regional and global events. Coordinate closely and use these events for partnership development and knowledge sharing;
Plan, organize and prepare high level visits and annual review meetings and ensure regular reporting to WWF and ADB.

Strategy and work plans

Act as a secretariat to the WWF ADB Partnership Steering Committee;
Convene WWF Asia Pacific and Practice teams to define the strategy, outcomes, work plan and budget for the next stages of the partnership;
Provide regular updates on the progress of the partnership strategy and work plan implementation to the WWF ADB Partnership Steering Committee.


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s / Master’s Degree or equivalent work experience in development studies, economics, conservation, social sciences, international relations or management field;
Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience;
Experience working with large-scale conservation programmes, development aid policy and/or financing;
Experience of working in international teams across multiple time zones and languages;
Good knowledge about WWF, both in terms of programmatic interventions and engagement, and partnership with the public sector;
Good command of English, written and verbal;
Knowledge of another Asian language is an asset.

Required Skills and Competencies:

Excellent partnership management and diplomatic skill;
Excellent organisational and coordination skills, ability to prioritize and be agile in responding to clients request;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multicultural environment;
Reliable, multitasking, working well independently as well as a team member;
Excellent computer knowledge and office software, including Excel, graphs, PowerPoint, internet, intranet, and databases;
Ability to deal with a variety of situations and able to manage multiple stressful and high pressure demands;
Ability to quickly build effective stakeholder relationships;
Interest in conservation and WWF's work;
Embraces the WWF mission and values of the organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration;
Adheres to WWF’s brand characteristics, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

Working Relationships:

Internal - Works in close collaboration with: WWF ADB Partnership Steering Committee; WWF Offices in Asia-Pacific; WWF Practices; WWF International Public Sector Partnership division and other PSP teams.

External – Interacts with: ADB personnel, the Management and Technical levels in ADB headquarters and Resident Missions, and other relevant external partners as appropriate.


Please make sure to upload a single PDF document with your updated CV and Cover Letter.
Applications deadline: December 5th 2021.

Kindly note work permit restrictions may apply and that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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

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