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Program Manager, Climate Resilient by Nature

World Wide Fund for Nature Australia |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: ACT | NSW | VIC
Sub location(s): Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra

Join one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organisations
Workplace flexibility including monthly Rostered Day Off
2 Year maximum term contract
Location Flexibility (Melbourne, Canberra or Sydney)

About the Organisation

For over 60 years, WWF has been a powerful voice for nature and communities. We are a global network of local organisations working in 100 countries. WWF-Australia is the largest southern hemisphere member of the WWF Network, with over 2.5 million supporters. We work as a catalyst with communities, First Nations, governments, businesses, innovators, and philanthropists towards our global mission: to build a world where people live and prosper in harmony with nature.  We use our expertise to conserve biodiversity, empower communities and halt climate change in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Joining WWF-Australia, you will be part of a diverse global team of over 7,000 employees – working together in a values-driven global to local network for the prosperity of both people and our planet.

Learn more about our 60 year history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OluzruE9zE

About the Role

The position is responsible for the management, coordination, reporting, risk management, and compliance of the multi-country, multi-stakeholder Climate Resilient by Nature (CRxN) program. The role oversees and is responsible for WWF-Australia’s coordination and communications of program deliverables, including administering grants and supporting the development of knowledge and learning products. It ensures program and project-level compliance with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) policy and Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct requirements. The Program Manager manages and supports key relationships with DFAT, Australian and international NGOs, and other Program stakeholders, including private sector partners.

Key Accountabilities (please refer to the Position Description for the full list)

Manages the overall CRxN program and is responsible for key financial and administrative functions.
Coordinates grants (including a competitive sub-grants program) and other Program funding in accordance with Program deliverables and in line with DFAT and WWF-Australia procedures.
Conducts due diligence, partner capacity assessments, and reviews risk management and safeguarding plans to ensure the Program aligns with WWF Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) and  Programme & Project Management Standards (PPMS), WWF-Australia social and operational policies, DFAT policy, and ACFID Code of Conduct requirements.
Collaborates with relevant teams to promote grant, learning, and partnership opportunities through WWF channels.
Coordinates work programs and tracks milestones against the Program plan to support efficient, transparent, and adaptive management.
Collaborates with WWF-Australia finance team to coordinate financial and program reporting to DFAT and other stakeholders.
Manages internal and external relationships, including WWF program managers domestically and internationally, NGO partners in Australia and overseas, DFAT, ACFID, and private sector stakeholders.
Communicates project budgets and reporting schedules to support transparency, accountability, and efficiency.
Collates content, analyses data, and synthesises complex information for donor reporting, including reviewing project-level and technical progress reports, financial reports, and knowledge products.
Manages program staff, contractors, and consultants to ensure timely and accurate administrative and financial support across the program.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Significant professional experience in the international development and/or the environmental sector.
Advanced project management and operational skills, including program, human resource, risk, contract, and financial management, in an international development and/or environmental context.
Extensive experience managing partners and expectations on a range of contractual matters, with an exceptional understanding of both formal and informal communication, including in cross-cultural contexts.
Demonstrated experience and working knowledge of eco-socio program design, monitoring, and evaluation.
Demonstrated knowledge of nature-based solutions to climate change, preferably in the Indo-Pacific region.
Demonstrated knowledge, skills and expertise applying Gender Equity, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) practices at the project level.
Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, written & verbal communication skills.
Experience working in cross-cultural and linguistically diverse environments, including with Indigenous Peoples.
An ability to work collaboratively and independently in a flexible team-based environment.

The ideal candidate will have an ability to work both autonomously and constructively within a team and be aligned with WWF’s vision, mission and I-CCaRe Values – Integrity, Courage, Collaboration and Respect.

WWF values diversity and is building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. WWF is an equal opportunity employer and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTQIA+) community members, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

WWF-Australia staff work in teams and in regional and remote communities. To protect the health and safety of WWF-Australia team members and people in regional and remote communities, WWF-Australia requires all persons who apply for employment at WWF-Australia after 25 October 2021 to provide evidence that they have received the first and second courses of an Australian government-recognised COVID-19 vaccination before a job offer can be made.

Applications

Applicants can apply via https://wwf.org.au/about-us/jobs-at-wwf/.  Only those applicants applying online via the eRecruitment System will be considered.

Please include the following two attachments:

(1) A cover letter, no more than 2-pages in length, that describes (with examples) how you meet the Essential Selection Criteria.
(2) Your resume (CV).

Note that applicants require current unlimited working rights in Australia to be eligible for this role.

Closing Date: 11:59PM Sunday, 21 January 2024

Closing Date: Jan 21, 2024

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