Senior Program Officer, Seafood Traceability and Transparency - 24073

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Overview:
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Program Officer, Seafood Traceability and Transparency

Major Function
Based in Washington, DC, and reporting to the Director of the Market Data & Systems Transparency (MDST) team, the Senior Program Officer will oversee the execution of a portfolio of seafood traceability and transparency projects across WWF priority seascapes as well as help develop and execute global strategies to advance transparency and data-driven conservation solutions in seafood supply chains and other sectors of the sustainable blue economy.
The Senior Program Officer will be responsible for developing and executing grant work plans, tracking budgets, and coordinating and overseeing consultants executing first-mile seafood traceability projects in collaboration with WWF Network Offices in priority seascapes. They will work collaboratively with priority offices within the international WWF network and will serve as a key subject matter expert and point of contact on issues related to seafood traceability with network offices and colleagues. The Senior Program Officer will also help support fundraising and grant oversight and management efforts, including supporting the development of grant narratives, deliverables, timelines, reporting, and tracking impacts, in addition to taking a leading role in the development of WWF’s traceability and transparency vision and strategic plan.
Responsibilities:
  • Serves as a traceability expert for the Ocean Markets & Finance and Oceans teams, providing subject matter expertise and input on team strategies and projects.
  • Supports engagement with private sector markets and financial institutions to help educate companies on seafood supply chain risks and the role of traceability and transparency in helping companies identify and mitigate these risks.
  • Conducts research, monitors, and analyzes new technical information, policies, tools, and global trends related to seafood and supply chain traceability and transparency.
  • Devises, maintains, and implements workplans for delivery of project outcomes, including working with the Director to identify strategic outcomes, milestones, key activities, events, communications, and knowledge products, and consultant tasks and assignments.
  • Develops and tracks budgets for allocation of project discretionary funds (travel, consultants, network subgrants, communications, etc.)
  • Coordinates project consultants and contractors across the full range of project activities, helping set and supervise timelines for project delivery.
  • Develops and coordinates activities to build and maintain productive working relationships both externally and internally, including with other NGOs working in the seafood traceability space and within the WWF network.
  • Drafts regular project updates for reporting to funders and assists the Director in maintaining close connections with foundation grant officers and staff.
  • Takes a leading and proactive role in developing the vision and funding concepts for seafood traceability activities beyond the current grant and project to deliver WWF’s conservation mission.
  • Interacts regularly with representatives of WWF-International, other WWF offices and associate organizations, grantees, and consultants. Communicates with representatives of conservation organizations, universities, NGOs, corporations, and/or government agencies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
*Please note that this is a 2 year position with a possibility of extension*
  • 6+ years of professional experience or 3+ years with an advanced degree in natural resource management, conservation, or landscape or regional planning, with at least 2 years of work with or within the seafood sector or relevant sectors such as finance, retail, seafood processing, procurement, or international trade.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of global key industry and government trends, tools, platforms, frameworks for seafood supply chain sustainability, traceability, and transparency. Working knowledge of the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) standards is a plus.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including effective public speaking and the ability to communicate complex issues both verbally and in written form.
  • Excellent organizational, project management, and project leadership skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a matrixed team environment.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to operate with independence, under pressure, and to meet deadlines and commitments.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising, budgeting, and monitoring donor compliance.
  • Capacity to work independently and to function effectively in virtual teams.
  • Excellent written and spoken English required; proficiency in other languages, especially Spanish, is a bonus.
  • Global experience working on sustainable fisheries, ocean conservation and management, and/or traceability and transparency initiatives, particularly in South America, Western Pacific, or West Indian Ocean regions is a bonus.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values:
    • COURAGE – We demonstrate courage through our actions, we work for change where it’s needed, and we inspire people and institutions to tackle the greatest threats to nature and the future of the planet, which is our home.
    • INTEGRITY – We live the principles we call on others to meet. We act with integrity, accountability and transparency, and we rely on facts and science to guide us and to ensure that we learn and evolve.
    • RESPECT – We honor the voices and knowledge of people and communities that we serve, and we work to secure their rights to a sustainable future.
    • COLLABORATION – We deliver impact at the scale of the challenges we face through the power of collective action and innovation.

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 #24073
  • 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.