Program Associate, Enduring Earth - 21074

  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Washington, D.C., USA
  • Jul 10, 2021
Full time Communication - Public Outreach

Job Description


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organization, seeks a Program Associate for Enduring Earth. Enduring Earth is an ambitious partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Pew Charitable Trusts, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and ZOMALAB intended to help governments around the world expand and sustainably protect Nature and benefit communities with the target to conserve more than 500 million hectares in 20 Project Finance for Permanence deals over the next 10 years.

Experts have identified the need to protect 30% of the world's natural habitat for the benefit of people and nature. According to a recent report by the Paulson Institute, a major barrier to achieving this goal is long-term financing. Enduring Earth utilizes a proven model, known as Project Finance for Permanence (PFP), that employs private sector finance principles to ensure entire systems of protected areas are sustainably managed and financed.

Under the supervision of the Managing Director of Enduring Earth, the Program Associate will assist with the coordination, management, communication and implementation of program priorities and activities. The Program Associate will be specifically responsible for coordinating amongst the four organizations, supporting and leading aspects of knowledge management and learning and providing administrative support to the core Enduring Earth team members, including the Vice President of the initiative.


  • Supports Managing Director in preparing agendas and strategies for committee meetings.
  • Provides support to Lead Implementing Organizations, supporting internal communications and specific requests.
  • Conducts research at the request of the Parties to inform the strategy.
  • Supports Managing Director and Chief of Staff in tracking and reporting on PFP project capabilities across institutions.
  • Coordinates the Enduring Earth knowledge management platform and conducts related research.
  • Supports special projects of Enduring Earth.
  • Acquires and gathers data relevant to specific projects from peers and partners.
  • Coordinates with the Managing director and the Communications Specialist to support the development of internal and external communication materials.
  • Supports with the planning of program events.
  • Supports in the preparation of formal documents that are the basis of official decisions. Memorializes all decisions by the representatives of the Parties and CEO Council, distributes and communicates those decisions in accordance with agreed upon terms/ or procedures.
  • Maintains a database of experts and consultants that can be drawn on by deal teams
  • Monitors and analyzes new technical information, issues, and trends related to the program and advises others accordingly. Keeps abreast of issues in areas in which the leading organizations have an ongoing interest.
  • Manages administrative tasks for the Earth for Life core team including meeting planning, travel arrangements, and other general office duties.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor's degree is required, preferably in a relevant field such as business, environmental management, or public policy.
  • Must have at least 2 years of relevant work experience
  • Knowledge and experience in fields such as environmental conservation, protected areas, sustainable finance, and/or community development preferred.
  • Must be fluent in English. Knowledge of another language, such as Spanish, is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of high-level internal and external stakeholders is required.
  • Exceptional attention to detail required.
  • Must have strong project management skills.
  • Strong research skills required.
  • Ability to take initiative to prioritize and complete work with minimal supervision required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required
  • Familiarity with Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) preferred
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF's core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration
  • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.
  • Some travel will be required, possibly 2-3 trips per year. Must be willing and able to travel as needed.

Please Note:

  • Position can be based either in DC or Costa Rica
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply by July 12th
  • We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible; applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #21074
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.

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