Program Development Manager, Oceans Practice

Posted on 18 May 2022

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 realisation 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.

Location - Flexible amongst WWF-International Hubs.

What we do
We are an independent conservation organisation, 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.
Mission - Global Oceans Practice
The WWF Global Oceans Practice aims to unite WWF Offices around the delivery of a common oceans strategy to advance and secure productive and resilient ocean ecosystems, sustaining human well-being and conserving biodiversity.
Major Functions:
The person will work with the Oceans Practice core team, national focal points, partnership and fundraising communities, Conservation Directors and Country Directors to develop proposals, concepts and strategic content focused around the practice initiatives and aligned with practice priorities. The role includes accelerating the development, design and funding of high-quality global initiatives to deliver WWF’s Practice Outcomes and Global Goals.
  1. Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership and support to resourcing and implementation of Ocean Practice initiatives and strategic priorities that are country-driven, using the appropriate templates, systems and processes, including clear theory of change; monitoring and evaluation, indicators, social safeguards and learning processes.
  • Provide thought leadership and support to initiative strategy development and implementation, such as development of country and landscape specific initiative strategies, revising and updating initiative narratives and cases for support and facilitating monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • Maintain a strategic horizon scan function for resource mobilisation for Initiatives and other Oceans Practice priorities by brokering, identifying, enabling, and supporting new resourcing opportunities with the WWF network relationship managers and existing and new partners.
  • Establish and maintain a fundraising tracking system for Oceans Practice initiatives and create fundraising assets and collateral e.g. cases for support, proposals, or other fundraising products for external use.
  • Serve as a key liaison between Initiative teams and the Fundraising, Public Sector Partnerships, and Corporate Partnerships leadership and their communities.
  • Support WWF Network office relationship managers and country partnership colleagues to strategically plan for and inform external donor influencing in line with Practice priorities, including multilateral and bilateral donor strategies and programming such as that for GCF, GEF, ADB, and the EU;
  • As requested, support the Practice Leader and Deputy with operational coordination for the Practice.
Required Qualifications:
  • 8-10 years of relevant professional experience in program development and coordinating, developing and writing funding proposals and/or communications materials.
  • Post-graduate qualification in Environmental/Conservation Science, International Development, Fundraising and/or Communications, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Experience of working in an international, matrix organisation.
  • Proven track record of managing internal and external multi-cultural stakeholders to influence and drive change;
  • Fluent English and any other language/s would be an asset.
Required Skills and Competencies:
  • Proven ability to create donor friendly materials including experience in grant/proposal and donor report writing and understanding of the principles of communications and fundraising, especially donor needs.
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and practises.
  • Experience facilitating the development of compelling program ideas.
  • Strong ability to bring together and inspire various teams for impact delivery.
  • Entrepreneurial approach and an eye for spotting innovation.
  • Ability to clearly communicate a compelling and inspired vision through writing and presentations;
  • Effectiveness in developing and managing partnerships;
  • Passion for conservation and adherence to WWF’s values, which are:
  • Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.
Working Relationships:
Internal – Works closely with the Practice Leader, Core and Leadership Teams, Initiative Leads, Practice Focal Points, and the Fundraising and Partnerships Communities of Practice. Also regular contact with the other Practice Proposal Development Managers.
External – Key role in liaising with partners, including the development of joint fundraising proposals and initiatives; also with proposal development/fundraising consultants, and occasional direct contact with focal points in funding agencies.

Only one single document can be uploaded through LinkedIn. Upload your covering letter and CV as one file. We will not accept applications without CV and Cover Letter.
Deadline for applications: by 8th June 2022.
Kindly note work permit restrictions may apply and that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.