Deputy Practice Leader & Innovation Lead, Climate & Energy

Posted on 06 January 2022

LOCATION: Flexible Globally
Want to make a positive difference to the future of people and our one shared home, the Earth?
Working at WWF could be your opportunity of a lifetime.
All around the world, people are waking up to the deepening crisis of nature loss. A growing realization that nature is our life-support system. And that nobody will be spared from the impacts of its loss. Here at WWF, we are helping to tackle this enormous global challenge.
Our people come from hugely diverse backgrounds and with a variety of expertise, ranging from HR and finance to advocacy and conservation science. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can help us create a better future for people and wildlife.
We are an independent conservation organization, striving to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030. Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable.

Location: Flexible globally
Work percentage: 100%
Contract: Open ended

Mission of the Department:

To support the Practice Leader in managing the implementation of the Practice strategy; including support in managing engagement with Practice members from across the network, focal points and the leadership team. To take responsibility for the process of driving greater innovation across the Practice, including a process that is able to unearth new promising ideas, to prototype and develop the best of these ideas and then take those with greatest potential through to scale.

Major Functions:

Support the Practice Leader in development, implementation and adaptation of the Practice strategy;
Close engagement with the Practice Core Team, the Leadership Team and Focal Points to monitor and assess progress across the Practice strategy and identify potential issues that may inhibit delivery against the goals and outcomes;
Provide a high level of technical and thought leadership within the Practice thematic area, in particular in relation to the specific Practice Goals and Outcomes of the Practice;
Provide clear and powerful communication, both internally and externally, on technical issues related to the Practice Goals and Outcomes;
Work in close collaboration with the rest of the Practice Core Team and support them as and when required;
Build a strong culture of collaboration within the Practice via close engagement with Focal points and interested practice members to share current developments and feedback;
Work to change the behaviors and policies of key internal stakeholders if necessary and communicate the vision internally, to build commitment and action toward results;
Create and manage a Practice innovation approach and process that ensures we are able to identify, surface, nurture, prototype new ideas from across the diverse WWF network and take best of these ideas to scale and global impact;
Facilitate and foster internal and especially external relationships that will enhance development of new innovations and their journey to scale and impact.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Accountability for providing content agenda to the Network;
Support Practice agenda development, jointly with the Practice core team;
Liaise closely with other Deputy Practice Leaders to facilitate integration with other Practice activities;
Support Practice Leader in anchoring a shift from individual programming to a focused set of 2025 goals;
In coordination with other Deputy Practice Leaders, ensure a network wide dialogue and interaction that enables the best ideas to rise to the surface;
Instill in the Practice team a culture of innovation and learning;
Develop a process of linking, selecting and nurturing the best ideas that show greatest promise of delivering transformative impact against our Goals and Outcomes;
Manage this process through the phases of funding, potential evaluation, monitoring, reporting, network-wide sharing and scaling up;
Support Practice success through Critical contributions at country level to Goals at global level;
Support Practice Leader with peer review, transparent external and internal reporting on all critical contributions and progress;
Manage the Practice in the absence of the Practice Leader;
Additional duties and responsibilities as required by the Practice Leader.


Required Qualifications

Advanced University degree in International Relations/Development, Environmental/Conservation Science, or other related fields – or equivalent work experience;
A thorough understanding of the environment/development interface;
At least 7-8 years’ experience in a management function, with demonstrated success of managing multi-disciplinary teams;
Proven track record in Conservation delivery;
Experience in managing organisational innovation processes will be of great advantage;
Perfect command of English language and any other language/s an asset.

Required Skills and Competencies

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to engage and connect with a broad range of people, and work as part of a multi-dimensional team that cuts across the WWF Network;
Management/mentoring skills to motivate and develop team members;
Clarity of thought, able to take decisions and provide content leadership in the Practice;
Energetic and passionate about conservation. Knowledge that crosses field programs, policy and markets;
Able to navigate complex issues and organizational complexity and executes high quality work in a timely way;
Powerful internal representation and ability to galvanize the Network and broader community around a shared agenda;
Capacity to innovate and adapt for maximum scale and impact;
Decision making skills with strong business acumen and drive for results;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
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 closely with the Practice Leader, Core Practice team members and Focal Points/interested Practice members. Maintains close liaison with other Practices on a regular basis and the Network.

External – External partners including leaders in governments, intergovernmental institutions, business and industry, NGOs and local communities, as required.


Please make sure to upload a single PDF document with your updated CV and Cover Letter.
Applications deadline: January 26th 2022.

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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