Reports to: WWF Tigers Alive Initiative Leader
Start date: Immediate
Mission of the WWF Tigers Alive Initiative
Increase the wild tiger population to at least 6,000 by 2022, through conservation in 13 priority landscapes.
In 2010, tiger range countries, WWF and partners committed to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 (a goal called TX2). In 2016, at the half-way point to 2022, the global estimate of tiger numbers showed that, for the first time ever, the population of tigers in the wild was more than previous estimates. The new estimate had raised to around 3900 tigers, but to take that number over 6000, as our goal demands, a great deal of work still needs to be done.
Recognising the critical role of financing in the success of TX2 the Tigers Alive launched a six-year 200m USD campaign in 2016 to ensure that WWF has the partnerships and investments needed to deliver on TX2. This Network Executive Team endorsed campaign, together with the collective effort of our conservation partners and local stakeholders in the tiger landscapes, is establishing the strong financial platform required to achieve the TX2 goal.
WWF is the largest and one of the most influential tiger conservation organisations and much of the success of this important one-time-only global effort depends on the contribution from WWF and the smooth and efficient running of operations within the Tigers Alive Initiative (TAI). The TAI was established in 2009 and supports tiger conservation programs in 12 countries, and 13 tiger landscapes, the position supports multiple operational areas and covers the largest of WWF priority species and landscape programs.
The primary duties of this position are:
Support the WWF Tigers Alive Initiative Leader (WWF TAI), WWF TAI team and WWF tiger landscape teams by managing the finance and operational aspects of the programme, creating financial efficiencies and continuously enhance relationships with the Tiger Advisory Group (TAG), the TX2 Fundraising Campaign team and donors.
Leads the financial management of TAI through the adoption and implementation of sound financial and grant management, accounting, budgeting, and oversight of audits.
Manages TAI operations which includes contract management, HR, administration, legal and IT of the TAI team to ensure smooth implementation of program plans
(1) Operational Management
Manage and supervise the day-to-day operations of the TAI team including but not limited to the various activities detailed below:
Manage the operations of the TAI team activities of the semi-annual and annual targets from TAI work plans and landscape projects
Ensure timely resource allocation to successfully implement and execute project plans to achieve agreed upon deliverables for the WWF network donors
Provide effective financing and operations of the TX2 Fundraising Campaign, especially in collating, monitoring and updating the incoming funds and pledges.
Drive a positive culture of continuous operational improvement, quality, and team productivity
Ensures processes, procedures and documentation are maintained in accordance with WWF policies.
Develop, enhance, and administer effective internal operational controls including budget setting and tracking for workshops, expenditure approvals processes for various WWF offices record-keeping and reporting to grant holders.
Be the focal point to handle, execute and report the progress of the “global mobility” of TAI members by liaising with WWF network “host” offices, embedded offices, TAI employees and local shared services to ensure the smooth transition of TAI members to any “new” WWF base offices.
Influence and shape the development of a supportive framework for TAI that will facilitate and engage new partnership opportunities
(2) Financial Management
Leads the annual budget development process and works with the WWF TAI staff in identifying priorities and targeting funding sources. This includes new donor proposals and opportunities with multi-year and multi-divisional proposals.
Provides financial advice on planning, analysis and monitoring for the WWF TAI programmes and projects and advises on the operational structure of projects/programmes in accordance with WWF Network Standards as well as donor requirements. Manage the internal reporting for cross-divisional projects for review with program leads and staff in other divisions/countries.
Reviews and analyses individual project accounts in relation to approved budgets (both incoming funds and project expenditure), prepares project payment requests, ensures payment of invoices, and monitors individual project cash flows.
Develops and/or drafts contracts for sub-grants or consultants, and monitors compliance with contractual terms, providing guidance and ensuring timely receipt, particularly with regard to financial reporting.
Produces and reviews financial reports, ensuring that expenditure is made according to approved contractual budgets and donor requirements are met.
Ensures consistent application of WWF policies, procedures, and Network Standards in WWF TAI projects, in particular for all WWF-issued agreements and payments.
Provides liaison between the WWF TAI, WWF Network donors (including the Tiger Advisory Group members), sub-grantees and consultants with regard to financial and administrative matters, as and when required.
Oversee and manage the audit of projects that are related to TAI funding sources
Participate wholeheartedly in the general activities of WWF-Tigers Alive meetings and workshops, particularly events and activities that require the full support and participation of all staff, whether or not the focus of any particular event or activity has any bearing on your job description and assigned project objectives and activities.
Performs other appropriate duties upon the request of the WWF TAI Leader
In the course of performing the duties as set out in this Job Description, the incumbent may occasionally be exposed to challenging field conditions,
MBA (business management /finance /economics, accounting)
Minimum of 10 years of finance and operations experience in a national, regional or global team within an international or multinational NGO or institution will be an advantage
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to set priorities, complete work with minimal supervision, and meet deadlines
Confident, self-starter with excellent organizational skills
Advanced PC skills, particularly knowledge of MS Project, MS Word and MS Excel software
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with fluency (spoken and written) in English. Other Asian languages would also be a strong asset
Adheres to WWF’s values – Passionate & Optimistic, Challenging & Inspiring, Credible & Accountable, Persevering & Delivering Results and have an interest in conservation.
Knowledge of regulatory requirements in financial and management settings
Responsive to requests from network offices and team members, and have an overall positive and energetic attitude to manage restructuring exercises
WWF is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer
Develop a close professional working relationship with the WWF TAI Leader to whom you will be reporting to on all related matters and members of the WWF TAI team,
This position will work with and support the existing TX2 Fundraising Campaign team
Maintain and further develop close working relationships with all members of Tigers Advisory Group and (TAG) and other external partners.
Confidentiality, Resources & Authority
This job may from time to time involve access to confidential data, which should not be divulged to external bodies without the prior consent of the TAI Leader.
Interested applicants may submit their updated CVs and cover letter to . Closing date for applications is 10th November 2021. Please indicate the position being applied for in the subject line.