Specialist, Education for Nature (Grants Portfolio) - 22030

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World Wide Fund for Nature

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Specialist, Education for Nature (Grant Portfolio).
  • Coordinates the review and improvement of business processes and tools for effective and expeditious grants management. Collaborates in project/initiatives tracking, development of new program templates, and maintenance of the EFN program database and grant and payment processes. Oversees grant reporting and analysis, manages grant agreements in collaboration with EFN Specialists; and tracking on monthly budget versus actual expenditures for EFN initiatives.
  • Manages planning and implementation of new and ongoing projects and grants—including program design, safeguards application, promotion, recruitment, selection, and management—for capacity and scholarship award programs.
  • Collaborates in the development and implementation of EFN strategic vision, workplan, and activities to harness and support science capacity development in the global South in collaboration with WWF-US and WWF Network staff. Contributes to EFN team projects including strategy development, implementation, and monitoring, as well as the improvement of business processes.
  • Manages the flow of the grant management portfolio, including the processes between activities between Prog Operations and EFN. Liaises with the EFN Program Specialist- Outgoing Agreements- to ensure effective relationship management with the grant recipient to streamline program, financial, and administrative entry of information in related Operations Systems and EFN’s program monitoring systems.
  • Coordinates the programmatic aspects of EFN’s 5-year planning, budgeting, reporting, and expenditure monitoring, on behalf of the Director, EFN and in collaboration with Global Science leadership, EFN Specialists, and Program Operations. Updates and maintains files and spreadsheets regarding current program budgets, schedules, contracts, MOUs and potential donor initiatives. Ensures that vendors, consultants, and contractors are paid.
  • Reviews and monitors programmatic funding goals per grant program (quarterly and annually) and makes recommendations for program and project budgets, in coordination with the Senior Program Administrator.
  • Awards and manages grant agreements for EFN grant recipients, by preparing the scope of work, administrative and technical information, and project budget and to do programmatic review to ensure adherence to safeguards and compliance with donor requirements. Reviews performance outcomes and status of all activities and evaluates and reports these results, as well as recommendations for adaptive management and corrective action.
  • Coordinates the organization of program files and archives and ensures consistent, up-to-date, comprehensive documentation for grant recipients, alumni network and internal and external partners.
  • Contributes to the development of internal and external communication products, proposals, and reports for the program, in collaboration with the Senior Specialist, Strategic Engagement and Development staff. Contributes to the development of cost proposals and budget narratives in collaboration with the EFN Team, Strategic Engagement and Development staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • The position requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience with 4 to 6 years of demonstrated and progressively responsible experience in business administration, non-profit and/or grants management and financial reporting, or an advanced degree with at least two years of expertise in business administration, non-profit and or grants management. Demonstrated experience in natural resource management, conservation, or landscape or regional planning is preferred.
  • Experience in navigating organizational financial systems.
  • Strong understanding of international biodiversity conservation issues and challenges.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required, including effective public speaking and the ability to communicate complex issues both verbally and in written form.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and produce high-quality work under time constraints
  • Excellent organizational and project leadership skills
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a matrixed team environment
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to operate with independence, under pressure, and to meet deadlines and commitments
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills requiring knowing when to use courtesy, tact and/or diplomacy to effectively communicate with all constituents
  • Ability to operate with independence, under pressure, to meet deadlines and commitments
  • Ability to set priorities, manage a multitude of details simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, and work effectively solo and in a team environment
  • Preference given to candidates who are multilingual
  • 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.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #22030
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone
  • Please note: This position has a closing date of December 10th, 2021. Please apply before COB 12/10/21 if interested.

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.