World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is looking for a dynamic and committed seasoned professional to join as Conservation Manager, lead our conservation work and the strategic positioning of WWF-Hungary as highly impactful nature conservation organisation

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the largest independent conservation organizations in the world, active in almost 100 countries. Our mission is to stop the environmental degradation in the world and build a future where humans live in harmony with nature. We’re active in over 100 countries and have over 7700 employees.

WWF-Hungary is engaged with natural habitats of Europe-wide importance and large carnivore species, forest and freshwater conservation, sustainable development and climate change. As member of the regional organisation WWF Central and Eastern Europe, WWF-Hungary contributes to securing Europe’s great natural treasures in the Danube-Carpathian region and make people live in harmony with nature.

We are looking for a dynamic and committed seasoned professional to join as Conservation Manager, lead our conservation work and the strategic positioning of WWF-Hungary as highly impactful nature conservation organisation.

The jobholder will:

  • Lead the development of WWF-Hungary’ conservation strategy and workplan, including analysis of the context and the conditions, and organize the necessary processes in this regard

  • Lead the preparation of fundraising concept and pipeline for the implementation of WWF-Hungary’s conservation strategy with strong focus on EU funds

  • Monitor the implementation of WWF-Hungary’s conservation strategy, workplan and budget, prepare regular management reports and analyses, propose adaptive management measures

  • Coordinate, guide and support the conservation team (12 persons) as line manager, build team cohesion and collaboration with other departments

  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships along the conservation goals, attract professional support from the necessary interested stakeholders, engage with policy makers and key initiatives

  • Steer the implementation of key conservation projects and campaigns of the organization

  • Ensure alignment with and strengthening of WWF-CEE´s regional conservation strategy

  • Act as member of the Senior Management Team

  • Determine the structure and capacity of the department necessary for the strategy implementation

  • Support the personal development of key conservation experts, develop their capacity and organise mentoring or coaching when needed

  • Manage external experts and collaborators for the implementation of WWF-Hungary’s strategic objectives including partnerships with other NGOs

  • Represent WWF Hungary towards external audiences including media appearences, and participate in high-level environmental and climate policy work

Required qualifications and experience:

  • Higher education – master's degree in the field of natural sciences, natural resource management, sustainability, policy, economy or other related field

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the management of activities in the field of environmental studies and/or protection, natural resources management or sustainability

  • Experience of working in complex and/or international organization

  • Proven track record of managing internal and external stakeholder relations to influence and drive change

  • Experience in creating strategies, work plans or performance monitoring systems

  • Experience working with or in non-governmental organization

  • Experience in EU project management and fundraising

Required skills and competencies:

  • Proven people management experience and people development skills

  • Analytical skills and ability to think and plan strategically

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

  • Coordination and organization skills

  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relations within WWF and with outside stakeholders

  • Leadership qualities and excellent soft skills

  • Ability to work in a team and to collaborate with charismatic personalities

  • Problem solving skills

  • Positive attitude and resilience

  • Fluency in Hungarian and English (written and spoken)

  • Good computer skills

  • Commitment to WWF’s mission and priorities, deep interest and motivation in the area of nature and climate protection

  • Commitment to WWF behaviours in way of working: Strive for Impact, Listen Deeply, Collaborate Openly, Innovate Fearlessly

We offer:

  • the opportunity to make a difference – for Hungary and for WWF

  • challenging and fulfilling work in one of Europe’s most exciting eco-regions

  • friendly and highly professional working atmosphere in an international context

  • varying tasks and independent work style

  • a pleasant working atmosphere and great learning environment

  • a competitive salary according to NGO standards

If you are interested in joining our team, send your CV and cover letter stating your interest in this position (in English) to the attention of Mrs. Katalin Sipos at allas@wwf.hu no later than 5 February 2021. Thank you in advance for your interest in this position. Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for follow up.

For more information about WWF-Hungary, kindly check the website: WWF Magyarország