Team Lead, International Conservation and Development Team

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Team Lead, International Conservation and Development Team
08. mars 2024
Bradley Stuart Smith,, +4797545964

Two exciting full-time leadership opportunities have opened in the Conservation Department of WWF-Norway! The Conservation Department has the overall responsibility to make sure we achieve our conservation goals in line with WWF-Norway and global Strategies for 2030. The Conservation Department has 7 teams and is jointly led by two Conservation Directors (CD), CD Programmes and CD Advocacy & Partnership.

In response to managing growth within the International Programme, and due to internal restructuring to ensure improved delivery of WWFs international work, we are seeking two experienced and dynamic leaders to guide the teams that are managing delivery of our international portfolios - the Conservation Design and Impact Team (CDI), and the International Conservation and Development Team (ICD).

Team Lead, International Conservation and Development Team

The ICD team ensures that WWF-Norway effectively designs and implements global, regional and country specific programmes through partnerships to deliver systemic change in line with our organizational strategy. A key role for ICD includes providing regular strategic and governance advice to the individual implementing teams and programme managers on the ground across South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and China, The team also leads the setting of thematic/geographic programme priorities for WWF-Norway and ensures effective design and implementation of the various programmes with WWF Network partners. In addition, ICD implements monitoring, evaluation and learning from programme implementation, including cross-learning and sharing of experiences to underpin improvement of our programme work.

As the Team Lead for the ICD team, you will:

  • Lead the new team in developing and executing strategies aligned with the WWF-Norway Strategy 2030 Outcomes, collaborating actively across WWF’s teams.
  • Collaborate with WWF Network and partners to design and implement international programs effectively.
  • Develop and maintain strategic overview of program activities, nurturing relationships with WWF partners and responding effectively to changes within our operational landscape.
  • Drive improvements within the WWF Network and with partners, focusing on standards, organizational growth and systemic change.
  • Promote linkages and opportunities between our national and international work, using the WWF Network proactively.
  • Lead on the content for our development aid related policy work, as well as identifying opportunities for advocacy work in Norway.
  • Ensure that our work and solutions we propose are informed by and aligned with our principles of Inclusive Conservation and being Climate Informed.
  • Represent WWF in relevant forums and contribute to organizational priorities, including internal and external communications.
  • Implement and contribute to further developing our ways of working and WWF-Norway’s Leadership Principles. 
  • Provide line management support for ICD team members, prioritizing their well-being and professional growth.
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts and oversee budget management within the ICD team.

Desired experience and qualifications:

  • At least 10 years proven experience working with conservation and international programme management, preferably including with Norwegian development aid resources.
  • 3 years of leadership experience, including staff management responsibilities.
  • Experience and knowledge of cross-cutting approaches and tools (MEL, PSP funding and human rights-based approaches to conservation).
  • Strong strategic thinking and planning skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a diverse team environment.
  • Experience in development policy related to conservation or climate action is desirable.
  • Location: Oslo
  • Fluency in English is required, with fluency in Norwegian considered an advantage.

We offer:

  • At WWF, you will be part of a very pleasant and inclusive working environment with competent and committed colleagues.
  • You will gain valuable experience in an organization that is a committed challenger and a provider of solutions to many of the most important political issues of our time.
  • At WWF, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference in a knowledge-based and well-respected environmental organization.
  • WWF-Norway has 75 employees and an office in central Oslo.
  • We offer flexible solutions for working from home, and good welfare schemes such as paid lunch breaks, support for public transportation and internet at home.

Application and CV must be in English.

Deadline: 08.03.2024

WWF is one of the world's largest environmental organizations with a presence in nearly 100 countries. We work to stop the destruction of nature and create a future where people live in harmony with nature. WWF works knowledge-based and purposefully to create solutions to the underlying causes of climate change and loss of nature. Our values are courage, respect, integrity and collaboration.

In Norway, we work to preserve natural values and biodiversity in the sea and on land. We spend a lot of time influencing Norwegian environmental policy and legislation to achieve our environmental goals. In 2020, WWF ran the TV campaign An ocean of opportunities. We support international nature conservation and development projects in several African countries and in Asia. The work is done in collaboration with local people, local organizations and authorities. These projects are mainly funded by Norad. We have an annual turnover of around NOK 200 million, divided between public funds and funds from private donors and the Postcode Lottery. We are Eco-Lighthouse certified, and our greenhouse gas emissions must be in line with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees