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Manager, Climate Programme – WWF

Manager, Climate Programme – WWF

Position Title: Manager, Climate Programme

Reports to: Head of Market Transformation, Conservation Department

Manager, Climate Programme - WWF
Manager, Climate Programme – WWF

About WWF Singapore: Manager, Climate Programme – WWF                                                                                                                      

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF-Singapore works on issues such as climate change, forest conservation, marine conservation, sustainable production and consumption, sustainable finance, environmental education, green cities and illegal wildlife trade.

Major Functions: Manager, Climate Programme – WWF                                                                                                                                       

The Manager of the Climate Programme is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of an impactful workplan to support Singapore and Singapore residents achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. This is a key position within the Conservation Department that requires strong technical knowledge, strategic thinking, SMART target-setting capabilities, robust project design and adaptive and agile project management experience, and close and regular collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders.

The Manager must have a good understanding of the key principles of the carbon mitigation hierarchy, carbon markets, renewable energy transition, climate-related policy making and climate finance.  The chosen candidate should also be comfortable representing WWF-Singapore within the WWF network and with external stakeholders and media.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Manager, Climate Programme – WWF

Lead the climate programme for WWF-Singapore, with responsibility for strategy, design thinking, and subject matter expertise to meet conservation goals and targets.

Develop, adapt and oversee the delivery of a workplan and budget to meet strategic goals, targets and indicators.

Provide technical expertise and be responsible for setting the agenda for our flagship programmes such as the WWF Earth Hour Summit, Partners Series, Climate Talks, etc.

Design impactful projects with cross-departmental support. Projects must be designed according to WWF network standards and include SMART objectives, deliverables, a theory of change, risks and assumptions, outcomes, outputs, indicators and budgets.

Actively contribute to policy-making processes and position papers.

Adaptively manage projects and budgets in accordance with WWF standards. Monitor and report progress to the senior management team and colleagues as required.

Secure funding for the programme by working closely with, and supporting, the Marketing, Communications and Fundraising (MCF) department. This includes donor engagement and presentations to donors and stakeholders.

Develop and deliver transformational partnerships and initiatives working in collaboration with other teams, including Corporate Partnerships, Sustainable Finance and Education and Outreach. This may include business sector and/or corporate strategies, market- and consumer-facing workshops, Green Talks, training, webinars, course curriculum development, and community engagement initiatives. It may also involve working in collaboration with WWF colleagues in regional and global teams, such as the WWF International Climate and Energy Practice and its REPower Asia initiative.

Guide the content and fact-check all communications-related materials relevant to climate, working closely with and supporting the marketing, communications and fundraising teams.

Undertake selective external engagement as WWF-Singapore’s climate representative, in consultation with marketing, communication and fundraising teams and the Head of Market Transformation. This may include technical engagements within and outside of WWF.

Coordinate and lead meetings as required to deliver the programme.

Manage staff including interns and volunteers for the programme, providing effective leadership, guidance, goal-setting and constructive feedback, and fostering a positive work environment.

Required skills and competencies: Manager, Climate Programme – WWF

Technical Knowledge: In-depth knowledge of the subject matter, including climate change, Singapore’s climate policies, sector-specific decarbonisation trends (e.g.clean cooling and renewable energy), carbon markets, nature-based solutions, and corporate sustainability guidelines/standards. A commitment to continually grow, update and communicate subject-matter knowledge, and to apply knowledge to work plans and the wider work of the organization. A deep understanding of climate change and corporate sustainability is a prerequisite.

Strategic Thinking: The ability to think strategically and apply this to the programme and to align efforts with broader organizational goals in the context of Singapore and the region.

Workplan, Project and Budget Management: Ability to prepare and manage work plans, projects and budgets in a timely, accurate and realistic manner in accordance with best practice.

Leadership and People Management: Provide effective leadership and guidance to team members and others as required to deliver the programme.

Decision-Making and Problem-Solving: Demonstrate strong decision-making skills and the ability to solve complex problems. This can involve analysing information, evaluating options, and making informed decisions that align with the organization’s objectives.

Communication and Collaboration: Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, including public speaking and presentation skills with an ability to communicate complicated concepts to diverse audiences.  Effectively collaborate with team members, stakeholders, and other departments.

Results Orientation: Drive results and achieve targets. This can include setting performance goals, monitoring progress, and taking appropriate action to ensure successful outcomes.

Adaptability and Change Management: Manage programmes and projects effectively and with agility. Embrace change and identify innovative opportunities for improvement.

Mentoring and Development: Provide mentorship, coaching, and opportunities for professional growth to team members. Take a proactive approach to self-development and learning.

Adhere to WWF’s values, which are: Collaboration, Integrity, Respect and Courage

Required qualifications: Manager, Climate Programme – WWF

  • Required 6-8 years of professional experience in corporate sustainability or in consultant roles; candidates with 3-5 years of direct experience in climate change are encouraged to apply.
  • A degree in sustainable development, sustainable management, environmental economics and management, environmental law, or environmental sciences would be preferred but candidates with relevant expertise are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous experience in a non-profit environment would be an advantage.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs and emergence of other special projects.

Interested candidates are required to submit their cover letter and resume to the HR Department of WWF-Singapore (Email: [email protected]). Please indicate the position being applied for in the subject line.

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