Full-Time Head, Global Advocacy
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 Head, Global Advocacy for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.
Open location (Preferred office: WWF International in New York)
Leads and coordinates strategic advocacy work, builds relevant internal and external relations, organisational, knowledge management and supervises logistical organisation as part of a small team focusing on advocacy for political, economic, foreign policy and associated issues to support WWF’s policy priorities.
- Lead WWF International political advocacy in priority decision making fora and dialogues;
- Develop and implement WWF strategy for engagement with policy makers within identified negotiation processes and international fora;
- Lead and coordinate advocacy of WWF policy and positions into priority fora to engage coherently and strategically with decision-makers;
- Represents WWF in bilateral meetings or events at policy, multilateral, intergovernmental and institutional dialogues when relevant;
- Ensures politically salient and effective policy positions for relevant international fora by liaising with the Head of Policy and Research Development;
- Builds and maintain constructive relationships with policy makers and identify momentum and sticking points in the context of identified priorities;
- Builds and maintain relationships with United Nations Institutions (UNGA, Secretariat, ECOSOC, Regional Commissions, UNEP, HLPF), Programmes, Conventions and Offices (UN Secretary General Office, President of the General Assembly Office, NGLS), G20 and relevant decisions makers and civil society organisations.
- Builds and lead WWF teams in identified policy fora as requested;
- Synthesizes information and brief WWF high level representatives as required;
- Helps develop, maintain and manage a global network of WWF advocacy leaders in national and regional contexts to help identify and push policy priorities, with a focus on developing country offices;
- Supports capacity building of the WWF network on advocacy and lobbying of policy makers showing that WWF priorities are of interest to major portfolio areas and high level decision makers.
- Supervises a global event radar function on priority areas and fora to help identify momentum, sticking points and opportunities; relay relevant and draw advocacy and lobbying strategy accordingly.
- Synthesises information from fora outcomes and informal consultations into a political picture to further guide strategy engagement and advocacy opportunities for the WWF network.
- Manages Senior Specialists, Global Advocacy on delivering the above duties;
- Manages the Global Advocacy’s operational budget;
- Other activities as requested by Director, Global Policy and Advocacy.
Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies:
- Masters degree in International Affairs, Political Science, Development or Environment;
- At least 8 years of experience working for an international organisation, preferably in political advocacy;
- Demonstrated success in delivering advocacy objectives
- Deep understanding of political issues, trends and developments.
- Deep understanding of environmental advocacy and policy, conservation, sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals process in particular;
- Active network of contacts in the United Nations System, with policy makers and in the WWF Network through which advocacy can be accomplished;
- A good base of contacts in the United Nations System, policy makers and in the WWF Network;
- Sound knowledge and understanding of relationships between environment, economy and social issues in relation to development.
- Capacity to work rapidly and accurately under pressure and to quickly define and adhere to priorities.
- Strong internal and external networking skills.
- Ability and enthusiasm in implementing short term but demanding tasks;
- Strong diplomatic, networking and influencing skills;
- Good strategic sense, strong skills in anticipating future directions, ability to identify potential WWF operating space and facilitate network engagement to maximize that space;
- Excellent capacity to synthesize significant amount of information and deliver concise briefs at the highest levels;
- Ability to work in multicultural environment;
- Discretion, reliability, flexibility, accuracy;
- Capacity to work independently in an intense team environment and have good people skills;
- Excellent organisational and people skills;
- Excellent command of English and French;
- Highly computer literate, competent in use of spreadsheets and other electronic tools;
- Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.