Despite decades of effort, global trends on the loss of nature remain deeply alarming. Urgent action is needed to reverse biodiversity loss in the next decade, and restore natural ecosystems that underpin humanity’s sustainable development. To move this topic to the top of the global agenda, WWF has launched an ambitious, integrated network initiative steered by top leadership, and supported by all offices and functions across the Network to secure a New Deal for Nature & People, and pursue its implementation through a Global Nature Positive Initiative. In order to achieve this global goal, WWF strives to 1) radically escalate the political relevance of nature; 2) galvanise a cohesive movement across states and non-state actors to drive change; 3) secure ambitious commitments and strong accountability mechanisms through relevant multi-lateral and non-state mechanisms to deliver change.To help secure the above, WWF’s New Deal for Nature & People and subsequent Nature Positive Initiative will strive to mobilize key stakeholders in order to encourage global decision makers to play a leadership role. Key stakeholders include the general public and civil society, business and the financial sector, as well as political players. Engaging stakeholders effectively will require strong involvement of numerous teams across the WWF family globally, supported by strong scientific research in order to make a strong science-based and economically sound case for urgent action.The Assistant will assist the Director and the Global Coordination team in the day-to-day designated administrative duties in fulfilling the key functions of the team.
- Assists the Director in the day-to-day management of the Global Nature Positive Initiative and manages specific projects as assigned by the Director
- Carries out a number of key administrative duties for the project. Operates and performs with considerable independence, diversified secretarial duties using initiative and judgement and with knowledge of project matters.
- Supports the Director in the fulfilment and execution of duties, both to ensure an effective managing of the Department, and to liaise effectively with key stakeholders in WWF International, other WWF International offices and external vendors and actors as needed.
- Organises and prioritises agenda, meetings and appointments and endeavours to streamline supervisor’s workload.
- Provides support for meetings and conferences including coordinating, travel arrangements, preparing all relevant documents related to travel, meetings or specific subjects the supervisor is working on.
- Edits correspondence, reports and documents, maintains filing system.
- Creates spreadsheets and presentations.
- Answers and screens inquiries, e-mail and correspondence independently where possible, based on familiarity with subject matter, and refers others to appropriate staff member or department.
- Organise travel/accommodation, including negotiating fares, visas, costs, air-mile/CO² calculations and itineraries.
- Manages special projects in close relationship with the Director.
- Manages the completion of the quarterly Monitoring & Evaluation framework
- Act as a deputy to one or more Nature & People Workstreams
- Undertakes other tasks as assigned and carries out duties relying on own initiative and independent action to assist supervisor with scheduling and completing work assignments
Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies
- A degree in conservation, management, business administration or a relevant field is an advantage. An advanced degree is preferable.
- Professional experience in a coordination role
- Proven success in supporting the development and execution of conservation advocacy strategies
- Knowledge and experience of the not-for-profit sector, especially environmental non-government organizations is an advantage.
- Proven success in a multi-cultural international setting.
Required Skills and Competencies
- Excellent organisation skills, ability to prioritize; attention to details;
- Proactive attitude and ability to take initiative and work independently;
- At ease dealing with people and tasks at different levels;
- Excellent team player with good networking and interpersonal skills;
- Good awareness and sensitivity of different cultures and ability to communicate cross-culturally;
- Superlative diplomatic and communication skills, including an ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals (WWF staff, NGO partners and other actors such as academics, communications vendors etc.) within a broad range of cultural environments.
- Excellent computer knowledge and office software, including Excel, graphs, PowerPoint, internet, intranet, and database;
- An interest in the field of nature conservation, organisational strategy, planning and performance;
- Proven conservation/coordination background with an overall understanding of the sector including key aspects of conservation, policy and multi-lateral fora.
- Proven ability to lead and deliver outcomes in a diverse environment without having direct oversight or control.
- Good technical skills necessary to develop strategies, implement and evaluate
- Familiarity with Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting.
- Fluency in English required. Fluency in other languages that are widely used at an international level is a distinct advantage
- Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organisation: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration.