WWF Director, Global Policy & Advocacy 2016
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- Company: Reputable Company
- Location: Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
- State: Nairobi
- Job type: Full-Time
- Job category: NGO Jobs in Kenya
Last year, 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 Director, Global Policy & Advocacy for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.
Location: WWF Office in Singapore or Nairobi as preferred location. Other locations in the WWF network will also be considered.
- Leads the development of an Annual Policy & Advocacy strategy and workplan that defines priorities and responsibilities, and is agreed by the Practice Leaders Forum
- Leads and coordinates cross-cutting policy and advocacy work for the WWF network, as defined by the Policy & Advocacy annual workplan
- Represents WWF in specific external multilateral dialogues and related intergovernmental conventions and institutions
- Ensures co-ordinated, credible, relevant and professional participation in cross-cutting multi-lateral processes and forums
- Supports the Global Conservation Director and the Practice Leaders Forum in helping to identify and prioritise major cross-cutting policy and advocacy opportunities and risk areas
- Supports the Global Conservation Director and Practice Leaders to identify areas where potential policy conflicts could arise and where consistent policy or positions are required
- Leads the development of needed policies and positions in conjunction with WWF network and partners in a highly consultative manner.
- Ensure that the overall Global Conservation Strategy and Practice Strategies are informed by the most recent geo-political and policy information and trends
- Co-ordinates shared learning amongst the Policy leads in the Practices
- Leads and manages the WWF Global Policy & Advocacy team, and other network teams as appropriate
- Develops and maintains diplomatic and other professional relationships at executive level in institutions, governments, CSOs and related bodies
- Develops Strategic reports and plans as required
- Develops and maintains an effective and efficient information management systems to support policy and advocacy work
Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies
- University degree in policy, international relations or political, development or related studies and 15 years work experience at progressively higher levels of internal and external responsibility
- Deep understanding of geopolitical and strategic relationships and behaviours, understanding of decision making at national, regional and multilateral levels, including the roles of actors, news and domestic and external pressures in decision making
- Deep understanding of treaty and law making, including hard and soft law and of a number of key intergovernmental agreements across the topic areas
- Constructive external political player and negotiator, able to create and maintain strategic, high level relationships
- Ability to create multiple knowledge products across various media and platforms, build capacity and manage staff to influence high level decision making
- Well-honed radar, ability to see over the horizon and take quick action to take opportunities or mitigate for upcoming problems
- Capacity building with a particular focus on emerging economies and developing countries
- Excellent team manager, project and budget design and delivery skills, ability to build capacity
- Crisis management skills
- High level analytical, strategic and advocacy skills
- Leadership of small and often very large network teams covering a number of areas of work focus over the political, technical, communications, event showcasing and logistics portfolios
- Decision making, sometimes under difficult and fast circumstances
- Strategic planning, budgeting
- Negotiation and advocacy skills
- Remote office management
- Adhere to WWF’s values: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.