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Zeist - WWF is searching for an exceptional, energetic individual to lead its global strategy with the private sector to promote sector-wide change in the production, supply chains and demand for 'soft' commodities, specifically: timber, pulp and paper, seafood (wild-caught and aquaculture), and agricultural products (soy, palm oil, beef, sugarcane, cotton) and biofuels (various feedstocks).
Job Vacancy: Director, WWF Market Transformation Initiative.
WWF is searching for an exceptional, energetic individual to lead its global strategy with the private sector to promote sector-wide change in the production, supply chains and demand for “soft” commodities, specifically: timber, pulp and paper, seafood (wild-caught and aquaculture), and agricultural products (soy, palm oil, beef, sugarcane, cotton) and biofuels (various feedstocks).
The successful candidate will likely be internationally oriented, have excellent communications and management skills, experience in procurement or sustainability, and a good understanding of how multi-stakeholder developed standards can address environmental and social issues.
Applications should be addressed to Ms. Ellen Kloosterman, WWF-Netherlands Human Resources Department before 31 August 2012 (earlier if possible), firstname.lastname@example.org
Position title: Director, WWF Market Transformation Initiative
Geographic scope: Global
Reports to: Chair, Market Transformation “Shareholder” Executive Team (SET)1
Location: WWF-Netherlands, Zeist
Grade: Scale 20 (Annual gross salary range: €70,000-105,000 depend on
qualifications, expertise and experience3)
Supervises: 1. Core team of about 8 staff
2. Dual responsibility (“dotted-line” reports) for WWF lead staff on
priority sectors/commodities, and strategies (10-15 staff)
3. Up to 180 Network Staff are (indirectly) accountable to the MTNI
Leader for results, although supervised by local office management.
Date: July 2012
I. Mission of the Initiative:
The Market Transformation Initiative’s strategy is to mobilize key companies and actors in commodity supply chains to reduce the most important production impacts and to change related demand. The key companies that control 70% of global supply chains include processing companies, commodity traders, manufacturers and retailers and banks, many of whom are global companies or brands. By working with them to show that commodities can be produced at affordable costs with measurably reduced environmental impacts, and by creating a significant demand for such products, markets can be “tipped” and large-scale, positive environmental outcomes delivered.
The 2020 goals of the Initiative are:
WWF Priority Places (for biodiversity): Acceptable standards are met by more than 75% of global purchases of WWF priority commodities sourced from WWF Priority Places; and
Rest of the World: Acceptable standards are met by more than 25% of global purchases of WWF priority commodities.
The Director leads and orchestrates WWF’s global market transformation strategy with the private sector to promote sector-wide change in the production, supply chains and demand for “soft” commodities, specifically: timber, pulp and paper, seafood (wild-caught and aquaculture), and agricultural products (soy, palm oil, beef, sugarcane, cotton) and biofuels (various feedstocks).
The Director is accountable to the Market Transformation “Shareholder” Group (SHG) and its “Executive Team” (SET) which consists of senior staff of the WWF Network appointed by their National or Programme Offices. The Director reports to the Chair of the SHG/SET.
1 An internal group of senior WWF staff
2 WWF-Netherlands is the chosen location for the position; other major WWF office locations could be considered for an
exceptional candidate with limited mobility possibilities.
3 Salary range is valid for the position based in the Netherlands; for any other location the position would be re-scaled following the national WWF human resources policy that applies.
III. Main Functions:
a) Oversees WWF’s engagement in commodity certification and standards development processes.
b) Directs engagement with companies and financial institutions in relation to soft commodities.
c) Leads and motivates WWF network staff towards the Initiative’s objectives.
d) Manages the spend of Initiative funds and supports fundraising activities to build relevant staff capacity and programme action.
e) Builds WWF’s external profile using targeted communications.
IV. Main Duties and Responsibilities:
a) Promote Standards and Certification
Directs WWF’s external engagement on (soft) commodity standards and certification, ensures this is credible and consistent and has measurable impact in WWF’s priority places
Oversees and supports WWF commodity and sector lead staff to implement strategies that will transform markets for selected commodities through the effective use of standards and certification, better management practices and key policy interventions; has indirect (or joint) responsibility for the 12-15 WWF staff who lead specific programme action in these areas.
Manages WWF’s internal process (the ‘WWF Standards Team’) to assess and advise on commodity standards in collaboration with other global initiative/programme leaders
Identifies key intervention points on national or international policy (relating to commodities) and helps to organize the capacity needed to achieve the change required.
b) Engage Companies and Financial Institutions
Directs WWF’s corporate engagement towards the top 100-150 companies world-wide that have been identified as priorities in relation to the production, supply, or demand for soft commodities globally and in WWF’s priority places
Directs engagement with financial institutions (banks, insurance, pension funds, development banks, etc) in relation to soft commodities; in collaboration with the WWF finance sector team
Ensures the content of WWF’s engagement towards key companies is credible, science- based and will deliver relevant results
Organizes teams to engage the top multi-commodity companies and ensure hand-off to mandated relationship and programme content management teams
Represents WWF towards key companies on request of National Offices
c) Mobilize the WWF Network
Is the international point person and internal WWF champion for market transformation
Recruits and supervises the Initiative’s core team that orchestrates WWF’s action to implement its Market Transformation strategy; supervises a team of 6-10 staff.
Leads and motivates WWF Network staff and key offices to align with, contribute to and provide support needed to achieve the Initiative’s goals
Organises the annual MTI implementation meeting which mobilizes WWF staff around the world and which promotes best practices, innovation and network/team building
Contributes to internal learning, staff development and knowledge management by training, sharing lessons learned and models of change.
Organizes regular WWF ‘shareholder’ meetings to review progress, mobilize resources and obtain approval for annual workplans and budgets.
Advises on request of the shareholders ‘executive team’ (SET) the Conservation Committee,
Global Partnership Committee and Network Executive Team on priorities and action needed and resource allocations
d) Financial and Fundraising
Is accountable for the appropriate spend of funds committed to the Initiative’s goal from internal WWF sources and external funding organizations;
Direct core budget responsibility for about €1-2 million annually, and oversight of programme funds of about €25 million annually.
Collaborates with fundraising experts in key WWF offices to secure resources needed to implement effectively the Market Transformation Initiative; a fundraising target may be set in consultation with the SET.
Assigns core staff time to fundraising tasks
e) Profile and Communications
Acts as spokesperson on markets and commodity issues
Strengthens the profile of WWF as the leading NGO working with the private sector to improve the impacts of commodity production, supply and consumption
Represents WWF in relevant global platforms (e.g. The Sustainability Consortium)
Ensures that credible messages are agreed for the WWF Network on commodity issues
Ensures that a communications strategy and work plan is developed
Is consulted and signs-off on international messages or releases that relate to soft commodities, their supply chains and the companies involved.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
A university degree or working proficiency in conservation, environmental sciences, economics, management, international development or another relevant field; an MBA or other degree related to business or markets is an advantage.
10 years of professional experience in a management/leadership role with demonstrated
success in managing dispersed international teams and complex projects.
Experience of commodity production or trade, standards and certification, business engagement and CSR, program and policy development, and the design and operation of international partnerships.
Preference is given to those with private sector experience and direct, on-the-ground management experience in commodity production in developing countries.
Required Skills and Competencies
Strategic thinker, communicator and motivator;
Strong negotiating and lobbying skills;
Excellent command of English; other languages an asset;
Promotes WWF’s core values: Passionate & Optimistic, Challenging & Inspiring, Credible & Accountable, Persevering & Delivering Results.
VI. Working Relationships:
External -Leads and facilitates engagement with external partners to open-up and develop opportunities for the WWF Network with the top 100-150 companies, related sectors and roundtable processes, and relevant NGOs and governments. Helps ensure positive working alliances and takes action to ensure that WWF’s profile and credibility is further strengthened.
Internal – Is the point person for the WWF Network on the Market Transformation Initiative (MTI). Works closely with members of the MTI’s Shareholder Group, its Executive Team and Chair, the Corporate Relations team at WWF-International, and other Initiative Leaders/Directors and Priority Programmes. Oversees and guides commodity/sector leaders to develop and implement engagement strategies for individual companies and/or for entire industries. Collaborates with teams working on footprint and consumption issues to ensure that WWF messaging and campaigns are balances and consistent with the various market situations in the regions where WWF operates.
For background information on the Initiative go to: www.panda.org/markets
Applications should be addressed to Elllen Kloosterman, WWF-Netherlands
Human Resources Department before 31 August 2012 (earlier if possible).