WWF seeks technical expert in forest impact monitoring,...

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World Wide Fund for Nature

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Solna, Sweden

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8 days ago

Under the IKEA WWF partnership, the Forests for Life (FFL) workstream is set out to help advance improved forest protection, management, restoration, and to achieve a positive impact for social and environmental factors, including helping to reverse the loss of nature via specific interventions where possible.

Robust impact monitoring is needed to show the work the partnership does on the ground is making a difference for people and planet. We particularly need this to ensure our work is backed up with credible verification of outcomes, lesson learning, adaptation, and positive changes.

Under the current phase of the WWF IKEA partnership and in its Forests for Life (FFL) workstream, a series of intended outcomes are set down which relate to the forest research, impact monitoring, and supporting technical developments in database and GIS support needed to be developed to achieve this.


Responsibilities and Deliverables

Forests Forward Technical Expert, Forest Impact Monitoring, Research, and GIS will provide technical leadership and implementation support in the application of forest impact monitoring to support the verification and spatial visualisation of outcomes to explicitly provide service to set objectives under the FFL workstream, and accrue wider value add for the WWF Forests Forward program, projects, and other WWF partnerships where relevant and appropriate.

Part of the role is to hold responsibility for the identification of effective methodologies and approaches, and to apply these ideas to access or develop tools to primarily support WWF led forest sector transformation programs and initiatives with science-based, impact-oriented, and robust monitoring systems. Further, WWF network team inputs are the foundation of good reporting practice, so teamwork to secure network buy in to the planned approach(es) is required. This requires effective engagement with WWF Network offices to establish transparent and efficient digital and spatial data collection, access, use and display, to enable analysis against intended impact. Built knowledge, evidence, and lessons learned are to be shared within WWF to help build WWF staff capacity for evidence-based communications and adaptive management. Liaison with other WWF network colleagues and groups working on forest conservation related impact research and GIS tools and analysis is expected.

The role is characterized by a high degree of independence and the responsibility for planning and driving the work forward.


Your duties will include to:

  • Develop and support the implementation of a comprehensive monitoring and reporting framework and data infrastructure, to bring together credible performance information against partnership and program impact targets. This will include internal database management for the Forest Forward platform.
  • Deliver specific intended outcomes in the IKEA WWF partnership under the Forests for Life workstream, specifically related to spatial tools and content for landscape mapping, monitoring, and landscape-level targets and biodiversity and Forests
  • Undertake effective evolution of the WWF Forests Forward spatial dashboard to meet the needs of programme participants and WWF offices
  • Manage spatial data sets and layers, and map and analyze spatial datasets in support of impact monitoring and reporting for FFL and on Forests Forward programme participant objectives
  • Share insights on monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) for forest conservation impact within the WWF Network to build capacity, including on indicator and metrics development and data collection and management
  • Support forest sector related WWF corporate partnerships at their development stage by advising on required impact monitoring, reporting and GIS needs, to ensure their incorporation into partnership agreements, resourcing, and budgets
  • Undertake or oversee research, develop reports, and case studies from exemplar projects, blogs, and other materials, to advance understanding of forest impact MRV and spatial reporting, and to support our partnership reporting and communications

To fit into the role, we would like you to have the following backgorund:

The role requires solid technical skills in geographically focused research, data driven monitoring across multiple thematic areas, and GIS use for spatial data analysis.

  • Proven and relevant professional experience in the global forestry sector, forest conservation, environment, or development work
  • Direct experience in the coordination, gathering and data management of project related indicator-based data sets
  • Direct working experience of use of ArcGIS for spatial data mapping and analysis from multiple data sources and types, including access of both proprietary and public information and spatial data layers
  • Decisive, clear thinking, analytical skills
  • Experience in convening and coordinating virtual communities in an international environment (particularly an NGO) would be a strong advantage.
  • Experience in partnership and service provider relationships and deliverables management
  • Effective knowledge sharing, communications & collaboration
  • Excellent written and fluent spoken skills English, as this is the working language for the role, and any other languages an asset

We attach great importance to personal qualities where we see that you can work in a structured manner and prioritize and come to a conclusion. You are energetic and committed and have a good ability to take initiative while adhering to WWF’s values which are courage, collaboration, respect, and integrity. As part of our equality and diversity plan, we would like to encourage male applicants and people with other ethnic backgrounds than Swedish to submit their application.

We sit in the beautifully situated Ulriksdals Slott with the water just outside the windows. You will be able to work with competent employees in a stimulating environment. We strive to become Sweden's best workplace and care deeply about the well-being and development of our employees. As the WWF applies an activity-based approach, it is possible to locate the work elsewhere to some extent. WWF is affiliated to collective agreements and follows the ITP plan.


WWF actively works to ensure equal opportunities and rights for all employees, regardless of age, ethnic or cultural background, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or functional condition


Working schedule:
Full time, (100 %).

Duration: 18 months, with a possibility for extension. We apply a six-month probationary period.

Appointment: Immediate.

Location: Stockholm, Ulriksdal.

Application: You are welcome to send in your application as soon as possible, but no later than July 31th 2022.

If you have questions about the role please contact:


Vicki Lee Wallgren, Director Forest and Wildlife (vicki.lee.wallgren@wwf.se)