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Deputy Practice Leader, Food

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Landscape, Arboriculture, Horticulture
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 07/05/2018
Company Name WWF
Contact Name HR
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Environmental and Wildlife Jobs with WWF. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of our planet's natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
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WWF launched a new strategy that harnesses the strengths of the WWF network in a shared vision, focussing on six major goals - water, wildlife, the ocean, climate and energy, forests, and food – and three key drivers of environmental problems – markets, finance and governance.
In support of this strategy WWF undertook a redesign of its international secretariat that will further unite WWF offices and its near 6,400 staff around the world. This will help WWF to build stronger partnerships across the world with government, business, civil society and individuals. Together, we will deliver on WWF’s ambitious goals.
We are recruiting the role of Deputy Practice Leader, Food for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.
The Food Practice has a focus on agriculture and aquaculture production, practices and policies, and how these affect biodiversity conservation and climate resilience at a landscape level, taking an integrated and systems approach  to food production and consumption.
Interdisciplinary open collaboration with other the Practices is critical for the Food Practice, in respect to land use and forest loss, high energy requirements and the highest demand for water of any other sector.


WWF International in Sao Paulo, Brazil (subject to review and possible relocation after 12 months).

The Role:

  • Support Practice Leader and Practice achieve goals and objectives. 
  • Close liaison with the Practice’s Core Team and Focal Points to monitor and assess progress across the Practice and identify potential issues that may inhibit goal delivery to feedback to the Practice Leader.
  • Establish the internal content agenda and provide a high level of technical expertise to the Practice.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Core Team and support them as and when required
  • Communicate relevant content expertise of the Practice area, internally, to share, current thinking and accomplishments within the Network.
  • Build a strong Practice culture via close engagement with Focal points and interested practice members to share current developments and feedback.
  • Work to change the behaviors and policies of key internal stakeholders if necessary and communicate the vision internally, to build commitment and action toward results.
  • Create and manage a Practice innovation approach and process that ensures we are able to identify, surface, nurture, prototype new ideas from across the diverse WWF network and take best of these ideas to scale and global impact.
  • Facilitate and foster internal relationships that will enhance development of new innovations and their journey to scale and impact.


Main responsibilities:

  • Responsible for: (a) the design of the Practice’s workplan and budget; (b) financial  accountability; (c) M&E systems; (d) oversee the capacity and innovation funds.
  • Organize and coordinate internal meetings.
  • Provide content agenda to the Network.
  • Support Practice agenda development, jointly with Practice core team.
  • Liaise closely with other Deputy Practice Leaders to facilitate integration with other Practice activities.
  • Support Practice Leader in anchoring a shift from individual programming to a focused set of 2025 goals.
  • In coordination with other Deputy Practice Leaders, ensure a network wide dialogue and interaction that enables the best ideas to rise to the surface.
  • Instil in the Practice team a culture of innovation and learning.
  • Interact regularly with the coordinators of the ACAIs (Areas for Collective Action and Innovation between the Practices) and ensure progress is being made.
  • Develop a process of linking, selecting and nurturing the best ideas that show greatest promise of delivering transformative impact against our Goals and Outcomes.
  • Manage this process through the phases of funding, potential evaluation, monitoring, reporting, network-wide sharing and scaling up.
  • Support Practice success through Critical Contributions at country level to Goals at global level.
  • Support Practice Leader with peer review, transparent external and internal reporting on all critical contributions and progress.
  • Manage the Practice in the absence of the Practice Leader.


Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies: 

  • Advanced University degree in International Relations/Development, Environmental/Conservation Science, or other related fields – or equivalent work experience.
  • A thorough understanding of the environment/development interface.
  • At least 7-8 years’ experience in a management function, with demonstrated success of managing multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Proven track record in Conservation research/delivery.
  • Perfect command of English language and any other language/s an asset.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to engage and connect with broad range of people, and work as part of a multi-dimensional team that cuts across the WWF Network.
  • Management/mentoring skills to motivate and develop team members.
  • Clarity of thought, able to take decisions and provide content leadership in the Practice.
  • Energetic and passionate about conservation. Knowledge that crosses field programs, policy and markets.
  • Able to navigate complex issues and organizational complexity and executes high quality work in a timely way.
  • Powerful internal representation and ability to galvanize the Network and broader community around a shared agenda.
  • Capacity to innovate and adapt for maximum scale and impact.
  • Decision making skills with strong business acumen and drive for results.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.
  • Demonstrates WWF behaviours in ways of working: strive for impact, listen deeply, collaborate openly and innovate fearlessly.


How to apply?

Upload your covering letter and CV on LinkedIn as one file. We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.
Work permit restrictions may apply.
Deadline for applications: 07th May 2018
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

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