International Programs Director

The International Programs Director is a member of the WWF Belgium Senior Management Team and is responsible for the overall success of WWF Belgium’s programs, delivering quality and results toward WWF’s mission and values. S/he supervises the team of Program Managers and keeps the SMT abreast of progress and performance.

The ideal candidate brings solid experience and expertise in program management, a strategic mindset, a ‘can-do’ attitude, and a demonstrated passion for nature conservation. A strong communicator, s/he is an effective team player and a leader who supports and encourages team members to grow and succeed. The incumbent will have a demonstrated ability to build strategic partnerships across a variety of cultures and organisations.

Core responsibilities of the role include:

Strategy. Initiating and setting goals for programs according to the strategic objectives and vision of the organization, including finances and donor relations.

Team Management. Supervising all Program and Project Managers, providing leadership, guidance and feedback and supporting teams to resolve complex problems.

Implementing. Planning the programs from start to completion, involving deadlines, milestones and processes. Developing budgets and operational plans. Ensuring all program operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies. Devising evaluation strategies to monitor performance, assess impact and determine the need for improvements.

Relations with partners. Establishing and maintaining outstanding, respectful working relations with our implementing partners (WWF Program Offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, African Parks, etc.) and with external partners (DGD, Public Sector, other NGOs, etc.).

Internal collaboration. Establishing a climate of trust with the CEO, the Senior Management Team, the Board of Directors and the other departments, and ensuring regular sharing of information through informative reports or presentations.

Person Specification

  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Ability to analyze context and trends affecting nature conservation worldwide
  • Analytical mindset with great problem-solving abilities
  • Thorough understanding of project/program management techniques and methods
  • Knowledge of performance evaluation techniques and key metrics
  • Outstanding knowledge of data analysis, reporting and budgeting
  • Working knowledge of MS office and program management software (e.g. Basecamp, MS Project etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Uncompromising integrity, moral values, and ethics
  • Passionate about WWF’s mission


  • A degree or advanced degree in a relevant field (or equivalent): conservation, biology, ecology, forestry, etc.
  • Proven experience (10 years+) working on relevant nature conservation and human development programs in a multi-cultural/ multi-country environment
  • Proven experience in people management (5 years+)
  • Fluent in English with a good command of French and/or Dutch; Spanish is an asset


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