WWF is the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organisation, with over 6 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
WWF South Africa is a national office that is part of the WWF network. We are a local NGO that has worked for 50 years with the aim of inspiring all South Africans to live in harmony with nature, for the benefit of our country and the wellbeing of all our people. WWF's work is for nature, for you.
Our work is challenging and exciting and we love what we do. To join our team you need to be brilliant at what you do, passionate, results-orientated and have a positive attitude.
Landscapes and related activities stretches across land, freshwater, forests and marine ecosystems - all critical focus areas for WWF. In order to sustainably manage and secure critical landscapes, WWF recognises the important role of finance, capital and innovative financial mechanisms & tools, and these are regarded as key contributors towards the sustainable management of landscapes and securing critical landscapes. Innovative Finance initiatives are needed to fund capacity, enable investment, enable funding and mobilise resources towards ecological infrastructure for water security and landscape management, closing the biodiversity finance gap for landscapes. WWF-SA is also engaged with partners to examine the role of the finance sector in developing innovative financing for ecological infrastructure (EI), as well as safeguarding EI in relation to other investments including related tools and metrics for example those use to understand water risks and opportunities.
- As part of the WWF Sustainable Finance team and operating within its strategic framework, constructively help to deliver Landscape Finance as a leading capacity, competence and platform for application across related sectors.
- Research, analyse and document macro landscape finance dynamics including stakeholders, funders, investors, innovators, tools and products. Develop and grow a leading landscape finance database.
- Research, analyse , document and support the coordination, development and implementation of innovative financial solutions, tools and initiatives that can specifically support landscapes and ecological infrastructure. For example current (WWF Water Risk Filter) and also new initiatives.
- Widely engage and collaborate with relevant experts.
- Collaborate with partners in WWF-SA's landscape finance related work, such as DBSA, SANBI, DWS, private and public sector, and private banks.
- Establish a database of WWF partners
- Engage with relevant bodies of work in the WWF International Network and its Practices to gather available information and research that can be applied in the South African finance sector.
- Relevant tertiary qualification in a Financial and/or Environmental field.
- The candidate should have a minimum of 2 to 5 years of relevant professional experience.
- Particular strong interest in both sustainable finance and environmental areas especially towards leveraging for greater sustainable environment impact.
- Good understanding and competence in quantitative & analytical evaluation
- Strong interest in research & analysis and the ability to generate reports.
- Ability to freely communicate and build relationships with a collaborative outlook.
- Able to work without supervision, self-driven and innovative thinker.
- Familiarity with environmental and climate-related risks in South Africa.
- Computer literate: MS Outlook, Word and Excel