Global Lead, Forests Forward

World Wildlife Fund (WWF Sweden) Stockholm, Sweden (preferred); other locations considered, - None Specified -

Please note:
1) The preferred location for this role is Stockholm, Sweden but other locations can also be considered.
2) This is a leadership position with corporate or private sector engagement.
3) Terms of Contract: This is a three-year full-time contract with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A pension plan, life and medical insurances are included in the benefits package.

About World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

WWF is the largest conservation organisation in the world. Its vision is to build a future in which both people and nature can thrive. To deliver this mission, WWF works to conserve and restore biodiversity, the web that supports all life on Earth; to reduce humanity’s environmental footprint; and to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources to support current and future generations.
Working with many others – from individuals and communities to business and government – WWF urgently seeks to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable.
WWF celebrates and respects diversity in nature and among the people, partners, and communities with whom it works. Across the many cultures and individuals that represent WWF, it is unified by one mission, one brand, and one common set of values:
Courage: We demonstrate courage through their actions, we work for change where it’s needed, and we inspire people and institutions to tackle the greatest threats to nature and the future of the planet, which is our home.
Integrity: We live the principles we call on others to meet. We act with integrity, accountability, and transparency, and we rely on facts and science to guide them and to ensure we learn and evolve.
Respect: We honour the voices and knowledge of the people and communities that we serve, and we work to secure their rights to a sustainable future.
Collaboration: We deliver impact at the scale of the challenges we face through the power of collective action and innovation.
You can find further details on WWF’s website: https://wwf.panda.org/.

Global Lead, Forests Forward: Scaling private sector action for landscape-level impact

WWF has a decades-long history of engaging with businesses that source from or depend on forests – from forest and plantation owners and managers right through the value chain to retailers and end users – working together on responsible forest and plantation management, responsible sourcing, forest restoration and other interventions that benefit biodiversity, freshwater, climate, and people. Primarily via its Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) and New Generation Plantation Programs (NGP), WWF advanced this work and positively influenced millions of hectares of forests with hundreds of companies and other partners around the globe.
In 2021, WWF launched its Forests Forward Programme, which is the evolution of GFTN and NGP and builds on the success of those programs. The programme is a one-stop shop for companies in a range of sectors and across the value chain looking to implement best practices to deliver on their sustainability and business goals. It aims to engage businesses around the world to help them reduce their forest footprint and support nature-based solutions - like forest restoration, protection, and improved management- to keep forests thriving for people, nature, and climate. Drawing on its deep expertise in forests, science, and climate, WWF works with companies on both long-term and near-term strategies and collaborations that have lasting benefits—not only for the companies but also for local communities.
More than 20 companies around the globe now participate in Forests Forward, ranging from global multinational companies in the retail, consumer goods, forest products and tech sectors to forest managers. Work we are advancing with each of these companies, ranging from responsible sourcing to forest restoration, is detailed on the Forests Forward participant portal
Forests Forward aims to engage a broader range of companies and sectors to reduce their impacts and invest in nature-based solutions in priority forest landscapes that benefit nature, climate and people. It is a desire to demonstrate the full value of forests, not just for the wood they supply but for the many other services and benefits they provide.
Through Forests Forward, businesses, communities, governments, financial institutions, and civil society organisations with stakes in forests and key landscapes are coming together to act for change and a positive future.   

Role Purpose

WWF seeks an experienced and passionate individual to serve as the Global Lead for WWF’s Forests Forward programme. This is an opportunity to be part of creating and championing the next vision for leadership in sustaining and expanding our global forests. 
WWF is looking for an inspiring leader to drive the growth of the programme and deliver impact through credible and transformative partnerships.

The Global Lead, Forests Forward will report to a supervisor in the WWF host office and is accountable to an internal Forests Forward Shareholder Group which provides oversight and guidance to the Forests Forward programme. The Global Lead, Forests Forward will supervise several staff members, including technical experts and operational staff. The Global Lead will also engage with other WWF Network offices and Practices to drive implementation of the Forests Forward programme and represent WWF on a range of external advocacy and engagement opportunities.  Forests Forward is a key strategic initiative under WWF’s Global Forest Practice and plays a central role in delivering on WWF’s ambitious 2030 Global Outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership for WWF’s Forests Forward programme, and delivery of its goals and outcomes and promote strategic alignment with WWF Office and Practice Strategic Plans and relevant external agendas
  • Lead the development and execution of a global strategy for Forests Forward including targets, milestones, and a revenue model to secure the financial sustainability of the programme
  • Serve as internal and external senior representative and ambassador for Forests Forward, championing the programme and its benefits to key stakeholders and potential partners
  • Supervise several Forests Forward technical and operational staff that support WWF global programme implementation
  • Manage technical and financial aspects of the programme, including annual work planning, budgeting, monitoring, and reporting
  • Provide timely reporting and updates to the WWF Forest Practice Leadership Team and to the Forests Forward Shareholder Group
  • Effectively collaborate with related WWF Network Teams and provide support to and advise the Forest Practice Leader, and engage in consultations and decision-making processes related to corporate partnerships involving forest activities, to leverage Forests Forward as an approach and entry point for a diversity of partners
  • Work with WWF offices, Forests Forward communities, communities, governments, and other partners to catalyse integrated efforts in key forested landscapes
  • Work with communication teams to develop products to profile Forests Forward and ensure all external Forests Forward communication, information sharing, and data are robust and aligned with strategic objectives.
Working Relationships
Internal – Forest Practice Leader, Core team and Leadership Team, Forests Forward Shareholder Group; Practice Experts and Leads of Areas of Collective Action and Innovation (ACAI), Forests Forward implementing network offices, Partnership Account Managers plus Focal Points/interested Practice members.
External – Key individuals/counterparts in global companies sourcing from or interested in supporting forests, plus other key external partners including leaders in business and industry, NGOs, and local communities, as required.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • An advanced degree in forestry, natural sciences, environmental management and policy, law, international relations, or related field. Proven leadership skills: strong team leader and member, with the ability to also work independently
  • Ten (10) years progressively senior professional work experience in engaging with or within the private sector, together with experience in working in some of the following fields: forestry, conservation, policy, environment, sustainable development, forest or deforestation-related agricultural commodity supply chains, nature-based solutions for climate mitigation
  • An inspiring and credible leader with proven leadership skills; strong team leader and member with the ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated experience leading and growing successful, impactful programs, with experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams, and working within complex organisations that span many countries and cultures
  • An understanding of the wider forest industry structure, trade flows, technologies, challenges, and trends
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and proven experience from advocacy and influencing to develop innovative and strategic partnerships with a focus on results/impact
  • Demonstrated ability to establish sustainable funding models for programme impact and longevity
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills and strong analytical, organisation and
    communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in building relations and partnerships with various stakeholders, including the private sector, funding institutions and NGOs
  • Familiarity with improving forest management approaches and the role of certification and standards
  • Excellent English written and oral skills and ability to inspire others and translate complex and technical information into compelling narratives
  • Passionately committed to the mission and objectives of WWF and to its success
  • Adheres to WWF’s values: Courage, Integrity, Respect and Collaboration.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please send the most recent English version of your CV to [email protected] on or before 2 September 2022. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by WWF to undertake this assignment.