Senior Director, Herencia Colombia Project Finance for Permanence Lead - 23046

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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Director, Herencia Colombia Project Finance for Permanence Lead.

Major Function
The Senior Director leads WWF US’ engagement for implementation of the Herencia Colombia (HECO) Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) Initiative. The PFP secures $245 million USD of public and private finance to permanently protect 30 million hectares of iconic Colombian landscapes and seascapes. It will facilitate significant progress toward Colombia’s 30X30 target to protect 30% of its land and 30% of its seas by 2030 and locks in a regional cluster of PFP initiatives that, together, provide permanent protections for approximately 12% of the entire Amazon rainforest.

The HECO PFP will report to the Vie-President, Earth for Life (EFL) and collaborate through a dotted line reporting relationship with the Vice-President, Climate Finance. Key internal partners will include the Senior Counsel for EFL, the Managing Director for the Amazon, Development, and technical teams to oversee WWF’s engagement in the implementation of the HECO PFP. She/he will represent WWF US’ in all in-country relationships with all HECO partners and donors, and support WWF US’ representative on the HECO PFP Steering Committee.
  • Works closely with the HECO program coordinator, the program management unit (PMU) and executing partners in Colombia, including Ministry of Environment, National Parks Colombia, Patrimonio Natural Conservation Trust Fund and WWF Colombia, in the day-to-day management and implementation of the HECO program
  • Identifies and manages effort and timing of WWF US specialized technical staff needed to support program implementation and build capacity of the main implementing partners and PMU staff, especially in the early phase of implementation
  • Supports the HECO program coordinator and the HECO program management unit in preparing regular technical reports and collaborates with Program Operations to develop annual workplans and budgets - all for approval by the HECO steering committee (SC)
  • Validates coherence of annual workplans with the HECO conservation plan and financial model and works with the PMU on annual updates to the financial model
  • Validates that donor fund disbursement conditions, including co-financing commitments, have been met and works with the HECO program coordinator, the PMU and the HECO SC to identify and implement mitigation measures as required
  • Briefs the WWF US SC member on progress and issues prior to regular board meetings and serves as alternate board member
  • Serves on technical committees of the HECO program related to operations, financing or others, as needed.
  • Manages WWF US private donor grants to the HECO program, oversees sub-grants, participates in regular donor calls, and in collaboration with Program Operations - prepares annual narrative and financial reports
  • Provides project updates and progress details to WWF senior leadership and other internal teams as required
  • Coordinates with WWF US and WWF Colombia on high-level communication initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned
  • A graduate degree and twelve years of work experience, including on large complex conservation program/project management and conservation finance, in a relevant nonprofit, public or private sector organization involved in field-based conservation or development work. Equivalent experience can be substituted for graduate degree.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the execution of large publicly financed conservation programs in Central or South America.
  • Substantial skills and experience in project and program management and oversight, operational planning, monitoring and reporting, and the ability to accurately plan, schedule, and budget entire programs of varying size/value with a commitment and drive to achieve challenging goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee multi-party strategic planning and financial management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in designing complex conservation programs, including identifying/implementing conservation finance solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively and cooperatively across a wide range of people, teams, organizations, and interests.
  • Communicates clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally.
  • High proficiency in English and Spanish necessary.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.
WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #23046
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.