Director, High Ambition Coalition for Nature & People Secretariat

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

This position is required to be based out of Washington DC and will be a hybrid model of remote and required in-office work 2-4 days a week.


About the program:

The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC) (www.hacfornatureandpeople.org/home) is an intergovernmental group of more than 100 countries—co-chaired by Costa Rica and France, with the United Kingdom as Ocean co-chair— championing a global deal for nature and people with the central goal of protecting at least 30 percent of the world’s land and ocean area by 2030. The 30x30 target is a global target which aims to halt the accelerating loss of species and protect vital ecosystems that are the source of our economic security.


Job highlight:

This Director position will oversee and manage the activities of the HAC Secretariat under the guidance of the International Steering Committee. Nominated by the Selection Committee of the HAC 2.0 International Steering Committee and employed by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the position will located at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) offices in Washington, DC. The HAC Secretariat is co-hosted by WRI and the GEF.


What you will do:

The Director’s responsibility is to match HAC-member country demand for help in fulfilling their 30x30 pledges with the supply of technical and financial assistance to do so. In particular, the HAC Secretariat Director will:

  • Drive political mobilization. Sustain political momentum at the ministerial level toward achieving the 30x30 target. This includes:
  • Ensuring and maintaining the visibility of the 30x30 target and its implementation, especially through political engagement and awareness-raising among governments, media, scientists, and civil society.
  • Strengthening national ambitions to reach the 30x30 target, including within national policies and plans.
  • Pursuing trans-national political mobilization to ensure the 30x30 target is reached at the global level by 2030.
  • Representing the HAC 2.0 in all events.
  • Ensuring efficient coordination with other relevant initiatives.
  • Map and match technical assistance and capacity building. Identify the capacity-building and technical needs of HAC member countries and provides avenues for meeting those needs. This includes:
  • Promoting cooperation between HAC member countries and key partners—including CBD, IUCN, UNEP, UNEP-WCMC, and WCPA, as well as CI, TNC, WCS, WWF, and national environment agencies—in protected area and other effective conservation measures (OECMs)
  • Identifying experts who can assist in developing strategies for protected areas and OECMs (including country commitments and planning, site identification, designation, monitoring, financing, or any other needs identified by the coalition member countries) and sponsoring training efforts.
  • Facilitating other forms of exchanges between states and relevant stakeholders to share expertise.
  • Facilitating and promoting engagement with Indigenous Peoples and local communities to support the 30x30 target.
  • Map and match funding for country 30x30 efforts. Develop a flexible matchmaking platform that efficiently channels financial resources to country needs. This includes:
  • Identifying and mobilizing public and private funding sources (including private philanthropy, development banks, bilateral government assistance, domestic budgetary sources, innovative market mechanisms) to support implementation of 30x30 targets.
  • Assisting member countries to articulate their funding needs for achieving the 30x30 targets.
  • Matching financing supply with financing needs.
  • Evaluate and monitor. This includes:
  • Defining an evaluation methodology and key relevant indicators.
  • Evaluating on an annual basis the results of the HAC secretariat’s actions (e.g., technical assistance, financial matchmaking).
  • Designing an annual report to be presented to the Steering Committee.
  • Manage team and budget. This includes:
  • Contributing to the hiring process of the rest of the team (which will potentially include 6 staff).
  • Managing a HAC Secretariat team (including associates responsible for each of the above, grants & finance management, and more)
  • Ensuring sound budgetary management.
  • Work with the International Steering Committee. This includes preparing working documents and reporting to the International Steering Committee.


What you will need:

  • Education: Master’s degree in political science, socio-economic sciences, or natural sciences
  • Experience:
  • Minimum of 8+ years of professional experience, including management of multistakeholder/multi-government platforms
  • Knowledge of the needs linked to protected areas and OECM management, as well as issues regarding nature conservation, Indigenous Peoples, and associated public policies
  • Past experience in multilateral cooperation and/or in UN processes.
  • Past experience managing relationships with and between senior leaders from government agencies, financial institutions, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Past experience working with steering committees (e.g., preparing decisions, reporting)
  • Past experience in a role that required high-level communications (verbal, written, public) to different audiences
  • Experience with developing, pitching, and winning fundraising proposals for non-profit purposes
  • Languages: Fluency in English, with additional common languages (e.g., French, Spanish) a plus


Potential salary:

Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.


How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with a cover letter (in English) by January 31, 2023. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.


What we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the United States.
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission-driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.


About Us:

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.


Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.


Our culture:

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.


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