Head of Advocacy

Context

WWF believes in a future where people and nature thrive, so we are committed to safeguarding the natural world. WWF has teams of experts working in over 100 countries to protect the natural resources that sustain and inspire us: our forests, rivers, oceans, climate, food, and wildlife. WWF harnesses the collective power of supporters around the world, communities, companies, and governments to create real solutions for people and the planet.

One of the ways we are going to safeguard the natural world is by influencing decisions made by government and companies. This is the role of the Policy and Business team. We are looking to defend and extend key EU and Belgian environmental policies and laws. We are also working with companies whose products, supply chains, business models have a critical impact on the species and places we seek to protect. We are challenging them to change their practices towards sustainable patterns.

WWF employs knowledgeable, talented people who are passionate about engaging and inspiring others. People who share our optimism that it is possible to change the world. People who are determined to make a difference.

Your role

As Head of Advocacy, you will report to the and you will manage a team of <10 people. You will be accountable for:

  • Developing the appropriate advocacy positions, tactics, and network to influence and persuade policy makers and business leaders.
  • Developing the visibility of the organization through the voice and face of the advocacy officers in the fields of Nature & Biodiversity and Climate and Footprint.
  • Developing your team to guide them towards excellence while offering them opportunities to grow.
  • Developing excellent relationships with the Global and European Policy Team.
  • Representing WWF in meetings with government officials, companies, roundtables, etc.
  • Building a network and setting up collaborations with other organizations.
  • Developing a close and trustful relationship with the CEO who acts as a high-level representative of the organization.

 

Your Profile

  • A degree or advanced degree in a relevant field (or equivalent).
  • Significant experience (8 years+) working on relevant nature-related policy & business issues – candidates with both government/politics and industry experience preferred.
  • Proven experience in people management (5 years+).
  • Experience with developing and implementing strategic approaches.
  • Fluent in Dutch, French and English.
  • A familiarity with working with politicians and business including those at the most senior levels.
  • Excellent communication skills for both small meetings and large events.
  • A record of accomplishment of writing and delivering position papers, speeches, and presentations.
  • Knowledge of Global, European, and Belgian governmental, regulatory, and legislative processes.
  • A passion for the future of our Planet & for Nature.

 

We offer:

  • A full-time, permanent contract
  • An attractive salary package for the sector including meal vouchers, group insurance, health insurance, 100% reimbursement of the costs of public transport ...
  • A flexible working environment: either from home with all the ad hoc IT equipment, or in our pleasant office in the heart of Brussels, easily accessible by public transport
  • Our policies and benefits reflect the importance of people being able to have a good work-life balance and being able to bring their ‘full self’ to work
  • The opportunity to contribute to the mission of WWF and to share our values (Courage, Collaboration, Respect, and Integrity) that will be embedded in your work and behaviours.

 

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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