World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF International)

All around the world, people are waking up to the deepening crisis of nature loss. We’re experiencing a growing realisation that nature is our life-support system and that no one will be spared from the impacts of its loss.


WWF is the largest conservation organisation in the world. WWF is an independent organisation, active in nearly 100 countries. We are working to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife.


We are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030 – a New Deal for Nature and People as comprehensive as the global climate deal.


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 International is now looking for an exceptional talent to lead their Accountability function in line with the vision and mission of the organization.


You can find further details on their website https://wwf.panda.org/. 

Role purpose

 Global Operations and Risk Division

The Global Operations and Risk Division of WWF International has a mandate to enable WWF mission delivery through continuous pursuit of the optimum balance between efficiency and effectiveness with respect to internal systems, tools and processes. This will be achieved via a delivery of a high standard of: strategic financial management; effective digital solutions, proactive risk management; quality guidance, advice and communication of both regulatory and internal standards and requirements


The Global Operations and Risk Division within WWF-International is organized around the following interdependent pillars:

  • Finance
  • Global Technology & Digital Solutions Legal
  • Accountability


To enable WWF mission delivery through continuous pursuit of the optimum balance between efficiency and effectiveness with respect to internal systems, tools and processes. This will be achieved via a delivery of a high standard of: strategic financial management; effective digital solutions, proactive risk management; quality guidance, advice and communication of both regulatory and internal standards and requirements.


The Senior Director, Accountability will lead a team that is responsible for Risk Management, Project Quality Assurance, Compliance, and internal Investigations.



Major Functions

  • Lead, manage and enable the downstream Accountability teams to deliver high quality services in support of well managed projects/ programmes, offices within WWF-International and the larger Network
  • Proactively build and facilitate relationships within the division, International and the Network
  • Lead the continuous improvement, maintenance and creation management tools, frameworks, training and advisory to WWF-Network and WWF-International with the aim of embedding strong mutual accountability mechanisms.
  • Lead on socializing and promoting robust and fit-for-purpose implementation of the Network Risk and Quality Assurance Core Standard
  • Design and oversee reporting processes, driving best fit-for-purpose practices to position Network and WWF International offices comply with the Network Risk and Quality Assurance (QA) Standard and relevant policies and frameworks.
  • Oversee an efficient Quality Assurance (QA) and approvals process for WWF-International conservation activities and ensure the processes and mechanisms are appropriately embedded at Office, Regional and Global levels in collaboration with Regional and Office leads, the E&S safeguards team and other key internal stakeholders;
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in defining the key measures (KPIs and KRIs) and builds the systems to enable efficient Risk management to work;
  • Provide strategic reporting as required to Senior Management Team, Conservation Quality Committee, Network Executive Team, Audit Risk Compliance Committee and International Board
  • Work across the Network and within International to share best practice, learnings and provide coordination and connections for risk management, compliance, quality assurance, and standards
  • Work collaboratively with internal subject matter experts to ensure the Network has a clear, cohesive set of Network Standards with associated guidance, training and advice
  • Identify and sponsor projects to embed a culture of continuous improvement and learning
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Executive Director, Global Operations & Risk.



Major Duties and Responsibilities:


Enterprise Risk Management

  • Leads the maintenance and right-sizing of a holistic Network risk management framework including policies, standards, risk appetite, and risk management strategy.
  • Leads on communication and updates of the Network Risk Management Framework, Risk Appetite and Risk Strategy by the Board/ Audit Risk Compliance Committee (“ARCC”) and Executive management and provides regular review and recommendations for their update and revision.
  • Reports on the aggregate risk position, emerging risks and provides assurance on effective risk management to Board and Executive management.


  • Oversees the risk management process and leads the development of robust systems, tools and processes, contributes to enhancement of a risk aware culture.
  • Coordinates all aspects of WWF International’s internal control environment to ensure that adequate and effective internal controls are in place & effective.


Quality Assurance (conservation activities)

  • Oversee the ongoing evolution of a Network approach to Quality Assurance (as defined in Risk and Quality Assurance Core Standard)
  • Work closely with Regional management, Country offices and relevant teams to ensure appropriate review/approval of all new WWF International projects/programmes in line with Standards and clear escalation protocols;
  • Drive integration and streamlining of WWF-International processes, systems and tools enabling proposal development, project finance, Quality AssuranceA, risk management and safeguards work streams; Overseeing a unified guidance and coordinated training plan.



  • Ensure there is a consistent and cohesive set of internal standards which are clearly available and accessible across the Network, and applicable and relevant to the evolving work of WWF
  • Oversee a unified communication and training plan to ensure full awareness and understanding of the standards across the network
  • Ensure provision of guidance and tools to support implementation and adherence to standards as required
  • Enable consultation with subject matter expertise across International, and the Network as required, to continuously improve standard guidance.


Compliance & Investigations

  • Oversee the ongoing evolution of the compliance function within WWF-International, working closely within the Division (Legal, Finance, and ICT leadership) and across the organization (Country Office Management, Resource Mobilization, Conservation Division, People & Culture, Governance) to ensure roles and accountabilities for compliance processes and systems are fully mapped and clearly defined
  • Accountable for creating and managing suitable processes, tools and frameworks to proactively track assurance to organizational policies and standards
  • Support General Counsel and Legal Department with tracking systems to enable oversight of regulatory compliance obligations
  • Coordinate and advise management on response processes and protocols in instances of non-compliance
  • Seek continuous improvement in monitoring, compliance and assurance mechanisms and controls including training, processes and technology, to minimize instances of non- compliance
  • Oversee investigations management processes and ensures objective, timely, high quality, fact-based investigations are carried out when commissioned by Management.





Required Qualifications

  • Experience and knowledge of major environmental, socio-economic and political trends globally and regionally and how they might be relevant to WWF;
  • Knowledge of sound business practices and complex global organizations and/or networks.
  • 10 years management experience in a global organization preferably combining direct experience in managing at a local, regional and international level and working within decentralized network structures;
  • A postgraduate degree in Economics, Business, Organizational strategy and transformation or similar will be a plus;
  • A professional certificate in relevant areas such as ethics, audit/accountability, compliance, risk management, investigations or governance will be a plus .


Required Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills; ability to engage and connect with a broad range of people, work as part of a multi-dimensional team;
  • Evidence of ability to manage a multitude of responsibilities, pressure and swiftly react as and when necessary;
  • Strategic and tactical thinker;
  • Ability to analyze situations with accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Able to navigate complex issues and organizational complexity and executes high quality work in a timely way;
  • Organized and process driven approach;
  • Positive influence to galvanize stakeholders around a shared agenda;
  • Proven decision-making skills with strong business acumen and drive for results;
  • Identify and align with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Collaboration, Respect & Integrity.



Working Relationships



Works closely with Senior Management Team, Regional Directors, Conservation, Environmental & Social Safeguards Framework, Communications, Operations, and fundraising.


Maintains close liaison with relevant Secretariat functions and the broader Network. Collaborates to exchange relevant information and learnings with the Office of the Ombudsperson.



Third party suppliers and external partners including in governments, inter-governmental institutions, business and industry, NGOs and local communities, as required.


Close liaison with cross- organizational groups working on similar topics.



How to Apply & Key Steps in the Process

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 15 February 2023. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV.


All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.


If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].


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


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