WWF Netherlands (Wereld Natuur Fonds) is committed to create a world where nature and people thrive by activating millions. We strive to become the most inspiring and impactful nature conservation organization of the Netherlands by creating resilient landscapes, a society wide movement and an exponential organization.

WWF Netherlands consists of four departments: Engagement, Organization & Talent Development, Finance & Operations and Conservation. To further strengthen our deep commitment to working in collaboration with indigenous peoples, local communities and respecting human rights, WWF is integrating Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) across our entire global Network of WWF offices.

The ESSF represent an overarching policy on environmental and social risk management, providing for:

  • Integrated environmental and social management to identify and manage the environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities of projects through the programme and project life cycle.
  • Effective stakeholder engagement through disclosure of project-related information and consultation with local communities on matters that directly affect them.
  • Enhanced integration of Inclusive Conservation as an integral aspect of WWF-NL’s projects and programs based on co-creation with local communities through a human rights based approach.

WWF Netherlands runs a few conservation projects of its own in the Netherlands but primarily funds conservation projects in other continents. The ESSF will be applied across all these WWF Netherlands projects. In this light WWF-NL is looking for an ‘Environmental and Social Safeguards Advisor’ (32-40 hours).

The Environmental and Social Safeguards Advisor will report to the Chief Conservation Officer and will also be part of the multidisciplinary ESSF working group. The ESSF Officer will liaise on a regular basis with the WWF Int Safeguards division.

Roles and responsibilities
The ESSF Officer WWF NL will:

  • Serve as the focal point for environmental and social standards for WWF NL and coordinate all environmental safeguards and social standards and enhancement activities within and between
    projects, programs and landscapes
  • Assist and support colleagues in verifying if ESSF and the accompanying Safeguards Screening tool are used and incorporated correctly in the Long Term Planning project plans preferably at a landscape level) that WWF-NL will enter into
  • Advise and support the integration of ESSF screening, mitigation frameworks and activity plans in the workflow of WWF NL departments; advise on ESSF responses and suggested mitigation actions\
  • Maintain an overview of ESSF risk level and ESSF status of all WWF NL funded projects
  • Report on ESSF issues and provide training on these topics by disseminating lessons learned and best practices gathered on ESSF from WWF NL, the WWF network and other organizations
  • Oversee the development of ESSF related guidance and technical support materials, such as guidelines, knowledge materials as applicable.
  • Contribute to the improvement of Inclusive Conservation strategies into WWF-NL’s conservation work across the board – in planning, building strategies and execution.

Required qualifications

  • Masters in social sciences and management, law, environmental management, economics and policies, social development, sociology, social development, anthropology, indigenous people’s studies, or other relevant fields.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with environmental and social impact assessments and/or working with the human rights based approach in high risk environments within an international organization/ organization with an international network.
  • Knowledge of inclusive conservation (social and environmental impact) and familiarity with conservation activities (on the ground) and/or field projects involving local communities and indigenous peoples.
  • Ability to form an opinion on the application of ESSF, its Environmental and social risk assessments and the mitigation plans.
  • Ability to evaluate stakeholder analyses and registered processes concerning stakeholder consultations.
  • Knowledge about and understanding of the WWF Network and or projects especially in high/medium risk countries is an advantage.
    Required skills and competencies
  • High degree of cultural sensitivity and ability to navigate complexity
    Ability to proactively work and support different teams and build strong professional relationships within the WWF network and with other organizations
  • Ability to work independently and with a remote team
    Clear understanding of risk based approaches to managing projects and programmes
  • Strong organizational skills, results-driven
  • Sound judgement and decision-making skills
  • Excellent English (and Dutch) communication skills, both written and verbal. French and Spanish are considered serious assets
  • Work to the highest level of integrity and confidentiality

Core Values
You recognize yourself in the core values of WWF NL: Openness, Infectious Enthusiasm. Pragmatic Idealism and Impact Driven.

Our Offer
WWF is a professional and dynamic organization with an informal working culture. Our salary levels are in line with the standard in the Dutch not for profit sector. We do stimulate flexible working arrangements, the use of public transport and bike for work related travel.

How to apply?
If you are interested in this position, please apply before August 15th using the form on our website. Questions about this role can be directed to Carolien Bijen, Chief People Officer (cbijen@wwf.nl).

We actively strive for our employees to reflect society and the international character of our organization. We consider the safety and protection of our colleagues as important. We therefore ask you to complete an integrity statement and we may ask for references. A Statement of Behavior (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag) is required for all positions.

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