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Senior Manager, Community Resilience and Adaptation

WWF-Australia |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: ACT | NSW | QLD | VIC
Sub location(s): Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane or Perth
  • Join one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organisations
  • Workplace flexibility including monthly Rostered Day Off
  • 3 Year fixed term contract
  • Location Flexibility (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane or Perth)


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 superpowers to conserve biodiversity, empower communities and halt climate change in Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific region. As part of WWF Australia, you will be part of a diverse global team of over 7000 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 leads WWF-Australia’s community resilience and climate change adaptation programming and policy engagement. The position is a champion of inclusive conservation, focusing on the sustainable development aspirations and resilience of communities most directly impacted by climate change.

As WWF-Australia’s subject matter expert on high-integrity, socially-inclusive nature-based solutions (NbS) to climate change, this position leads NbS programming, including the Climate Resilient by Nature, a multi year program consisting of an ambitious learning program and a portfolio of on-ground projects across the Pacific and Southeast Asia, delivered in partnership with the Australian Government and international development sector partners.

The role also provides technical and strategic advice to WWF teams supporting community-led nature-based solutions to climate change in Australia.

Key Accountabilities (please refer to PD for full list)

  • Leads WWF-Australia’s nature-based solutions (NbS) projects and programs, including Climate Resilient by Nature, and oversees critical relationships and contractual responsibilities with donors and implementing partners.
  • Promotes and supports the implementation and scaling of high-integrity nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Provides strategic and technical support to WWF NbS projects in Australia.
  • Oversees and assists in the preparation of program/project designs, budgets and reporting, and provides coaching and support to internal and external stakeholders in the implementation of community-driven partnership agreements and governance practices.
  • Ensures community resilience and adaptation projects meet WWF-Australia program management standards (PPMS), Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) accreditation criteria, and Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct requirements.
  • Manages key WWF relationships across the international development and community-based conservation sectors to ensure that NbS initiatives deliver positive and measurable biological and social impact.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Demonstrated experience managing large scale or multi country Australian Government funded projects or programs, ensuring the highest standards of program & financial management and accountability.
  • Demonstrated experience in, & knowledge of the links between sustainable development, conservation, and climate resilience, ideally in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and/or managing projects that deliver positive social and ecological outcomes in partnership with communities that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of government policy & legislative processes related to international development, climate adaptation and/or resilience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and Australian Council for International Development standards and international development/ Inclusive Conservation best practice.
  • Demonstrated experience using monitoring, evaluation and learning to improve programming.
  • Highly effective influencing skills including the ability to build positive relationships internally & externally.
  • Experience working in cross-cultural environments, particularly in the Pacific and/or Mekong regions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including negotiation, written & verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop geographically dispersed, high-performance teams.

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.


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/statements against the selection criteria and (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 13 August

Closing Date: Aug 13, 2023