About WWF

WWF is an independent conservation organisation, with over 30 million followers and a global network active in nearly 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biodiversity, ensuring the use of natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Our global efforts to start reversing the loss of nature by 2030 are driven by nine WWF practices: Wildlife, Oceans, Forests, Freshwater, Climate & Energy, Food, Finance, Governance and Markets.

From communities on the ground to decision-makers in government and business, we work with people around the world to sustain the natural world – the oceans, forests, freshwater and rich diversity of wildlife – that provides the essentials of life for all.

We are challenging the two most urgent threats to nature: climate change and food production. And we are working to address the underlying global drivers for the loss of nature: a financial system that must value nature; a governance system that needs to consider the impact of decisions on people and nature; and markets where sustainable production and consumption become the norm


WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

WWF believes that conservation benefits when people benefit from conservation and has had its most important successes from working with people, including local and indigenous communities, finding practical ways for people and nature to thrive together.

To further strengthen our deep commitment to this collaboration with local communities and to respecting human rights, WWF is setting up a central unit to spearhead, manage and support the implementation of a robust global Environmental and Social Safeguard Framework (ESSF) across our entire global network of WWF offices.

The ESSF will represent an overarching policy on environmental and social risk management, providing for:

  • Integrated environmental and social management to identify and manage the environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities of projects through the programme and project life cycle.
  • Effective stakeholder engagement through disclosure of project-related information and consultation with local communities on matters that directly affect them.


During this recruitment and development period, we are seeking an Environmental Safeguards expert to support our ongoing global commitment to environmental and social safeguards.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the role will act as the custodian of the ESSF and maintain international best practice for the framework, including the management and updating of the screening tools as well as the initial development of a training and certification process.

The incumbent will also be responsible for driving relevant quality standards and assurance required for projects to meet safeguard standards across our WWF network.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies

  • A Master’s degree in social sciences and management, law, environmental management, economics and policies, social development, sociology, social development, anthropology, indigenous people’s studies, or other relevant fields.
  • Be able to demonstrate a minimum of 10 years of relevant international experience in environmental safeguard systems
  • Excellent knowledge in the areas of indigenous people’s policy development and implementation; social safeguards; development of guidance, references and tools related to indigenous peoples and social safeguards; design and monitoring of climate change and development programs, projects and activities; and advocacy and capacity development;

Location: Gland, Switzerland
Salary: Competitive


For details of how to apply, please visit Oxford HR.


Deadline for applications: 15 September 2019.
Screening interviews:  We will review applications daily throughout the advertising period and contact suitable candidates for screening interviews and possible final interviews on an ongoing basis.

WWF reserves the right to close the advertisement early.

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