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Seascapes Director, Western Indian Ocean - 24028
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Director and Top Executive Full-time
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Seascapes Director, Western Indian Ocean

Major Function

The Seascapes Director for the Western Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania) is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, and monitoring of the Western Indian nature-positive seascape strategy. They will work collaboratively and cross-functionally to build out, manage, and implement a robust, integrated seascape approach with priority offices within the WWF network and will serve as a liaison and point of contact on issues related to science, protected area, fisheries, species and other marine conservation priorities in the Western Indian Ocean seascape for the other WWF-US Goal and Influence teams. They will be responsible for supporting fundraising efforts, including focusing on providing technical and programmatic support for both Public Funding and Blended Finance Pipelines.


• Leads the development and implementation of an integrated nature-positive seascape strategy for the Western Indian Ocean as part of the WWF-US Oceans Area Based Conservation program, in close collaboration with the VP, Oceans Area Based Conservation, Oceans team content experts, and WWF network offices. The Director will also identify opportunities to engage other teams within WWF-US and the network to ensure the successful implementation and delivery of this strategy.

• Leads the development of funding proposals, together with senior management and development staff, to advance a strategic WWF-US Oceans conservation portfolio focused on supporting nature-positive seascapes that benefit the planet, people, prosperity, and peace.

• Commissions and leverages cutting-edge science on fisheries, climate change impacts, and nature-based solutions to ensure WWF strategies are informed by sound science, policy, and other learnings, and WWF is recognized as a thought leader in applying area-based and whole-planet solutions to achieve nature positive seascapes.


• Builds and maintains an extensive network of professionals and partnerships in the oceans conservation sector and related fields to foster and leverage strategic collaboration, advancing WWF’s Oceans and area-based conservation goals.

• Represents WWF in meetings and other forums to promote WWF’s conservation goals, activities, and thought leadership in conservation.

• Performs other duties as assigned.


• A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience. An advanced degree is preferred.

• Experience with major-donor projects and partnerships is important.

• Experience managing staff, contractors, and relationships with clients and/or funders or leading/managing multiple projects/ programs and teams.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, including knowing when to use courtesy, tact, and/or diplomacy to effectively communicate with all constituents, as well as experience working in international developing country contexts.

• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including effective public speaking and the ability to communicate complex issues verbally and in writing.

• Ability to effectively prioritize and produce high-quality work under time constraints.

• Excellent organizational and project leadership skills.

• Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a matrixed team environment.

• Ability to operate with independence and under pressure to meet deadlines and commitments.

• Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.

• International travel up to 20% schedule

• Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration

  • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
  • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
  • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
  • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.

WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #24028
  • 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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