The Place-based Conservation Effectiveness (PBCE) Workstream Lead is a central part of the Luc Hoffmann Institute content team, responsible for shaping the PBCE workstream, creating synergies among projects and partners, and serving as the project manager for a key project within the workstream, called “Systematic Protected Areas Planning in Response to Climate Change (SPARC).


The position includes a 2.5 month introductory period where the workstream lead will be based in WWF International, working within the Luc Hoffmann Institute, at WWF International (near Geneva, Switzerland), followed by 9 to 12 months based from the WWF US office (Washington DC).  Following this initial period, this position will be based in the WWF Brazil office in Sao Paulo.

This position requires fairly extensive travel, with work concentrated in the US for the first year. Following this initial year, the work will be global in nature, with responsibilities in the US, Europe, South America, Africa, and South East Asia.

Mission of the Department:

The Luc Hoffmann Institute seeks to be the premier global institute focusing science capacity on the world’s most important conservation problems, and magnifying science impact through strategic alignment and communication.  Our products will be known for their conservation relevance, rapid delivery, independent scientific rigor, and broad communication.  We connect the research needs of the largest conservation organization in the world (WWF), and the research talent of academics and thought leaders from around the world.  We use collaborative structures to bring interdisciplinary teams together, and we resource those teams so that they can deliver solutions, tools, and knowledge to the conservation community at a pace relevant for decisions. We further build global capacity in conservation leadership through our Fellows Programme by engaging the next generation of environmental professionals in practical, interdisciplinary research that contributes to achieving global conservation goals across scales.  For more information on the Luc Hoffmann Institute, please visit https://luchoffmanninstitute.org/

Main responsibilities:
  • Performs a radar function on current scientific and policy debates for the WWF network and recommends new priorities and opportunities for the Luc Hoffmann Institute within the Place-based Conservation Effectiveness workstream and beyond.
  • Works closely with the WWF US GEF team, Conservation International, and other academic and non-profit partners to develop and manage the execution of a medium-sized GEF project focused on understanding the ecological impacts of climate change on protected areas and devising country/regional adaptation strategies
  • Develops and maintains connections with the scientific and research community focused on place-based conservation effectiveness, and the impacts of various global change factors on protected area effectiveness, and develops and maintains links between thought leaders within these communities and WWF contact points
  • Develops and maintains an understanding of the current and planned Place-based Conservation Effectiveness work around the WWF network, and works with leaders in this space to understand the WWF research needs within this area.
  • Builds and supports research partnerships, Collaborative Research Teams and Luc Hoffmann Fellow positions focused in this workstream
  • Facilitates project implementation and networking opportunities, and provides content expertise to build capacities of Fellows within workstream
  • Develops co-financing and outside funding opportunities to support research in place-based conservation effectiveness.
  • Develops in collaborations with other staff including Fellows knowledge products aligned with current and emergent issues in place-based conservation effectiveness
  • Monitors and evaluates the impact of all Luc Hoffmann Institute Projects within the workstream, using both conservation and academic metrics of success, and gathers data from projects and project participants to assess short and long term impact of Luc Hoffmann Institute projects.
  • Works with the other work-stream leads to manage the evolution of Luc Hoffmann Institute policies and procedures for the evaluation and monitoring of projects.
  • Works with the Global Communications Officer to disseminate research findings and products both internal and external to the WWF Network
  • Works closely with the Data Scientist to synthesis information, products, and data gathered throughout the network concerning placed-based conservation effectiveness
What you need:

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies

  • Advanced degree (preferably PhD) in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Social Science, Sustainability Science, or Environmental Economics, with a clear emphasis in place-based conservation strategies
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in relevant field of employment at the international organizational level
  • Extensive project management experience
  • Experience developing partnerships, managing remote, multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience in research analysis and synthesis directly related to conservation, environmental science or environmental policy
  • Experience with diverse funding agencies and the funding structures required
  • Available for international travel, up to 30% of the time
  • Ability and enthusiasm for on-deadline, short timeline tasks
  • Fluency in English
  • Discretion, reliability, flexibility, accuracy
  • Ability to work in multicultural environment
  • Capacity to work independently in an intense team environment
  • Exceptional people skills and experience working collaboratively
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Flexible and goal-orientated
  • A good sense of humour
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging. 
How to apply?

Upload your covering letter and CV on Linkedin.  We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter. Please make sure they are saved together as one file.

Deadline for applications: June 25th 2014 @4pm CET 

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