Chief Program Officer


Position title:    Chief ProgramOfficer

Reports to:        CEO

Supervises:        PracticeHeads, Program Support Team


I. Mission of the position:

As a member of theLeadership Team, the Chief Program Officer supports WWF China CEO by leadingthe Conservation Program to fulfill the Mission and Objectives of WWFInternational and WWF China.

The CPO oversees WWF China Conservation Program by ensuring strategicintegration and coordination between various Practices. Offers thoughtleadership, analytical insights, and ‘convening power’ with an emphasis on‘Strategic focus and coherence’ of the WWF China Conservation Program. Plays akey role in monitoring progress and adaptive management of the Conservation Program.Convenes both internally within WWF China and externally with partners. RepresentsWWF China in global WWF Network and coordinate with other WWF offices inachieving conversation goals.

II. Major Functions:

Lead the evolution of the Conservation Programand Structure

·          Support the Change Implementation Team to ensure asuccessful transition towards the new organizational structure, with particularfocus on the successful transition of the current conservation programs to thenew structure and establishment of the Practices.

·          Support and enable thePractice Heads to establish and lead the Practice teams, and to bewidely-recognized external faces of WWF in the respective fields.

Strategic coherence of the Conservation Program

·       Ensure that Practices operate within a coherent Theory of Change;

·       Chair the Program Coordination Committee (comprised of the Practice Heads)and lead to ensure joint strategizing, planning,optimization on opportunities for collective action and help to resolve any conflicts that may arise;

·       Ensure that Practices have a common understanding of major external trendsthat are likely to influence our work;

·       Drive shared learning and knowledge management between Practices;

·       Ensure policy coherence between Practices and efficient and coherent relationshipmanagementwith external institutions and partners; 

Monitoring and Impact Evaluation

·       Measure the overall impact of the Conservation Program and ensure thatthis is transparently and effectively communicated to WWF’s Board, Networkexecutive Team (NET), the entire network and external partners and publicaudiences;

·       Drive deep reflection on successes and failures and ensure that Practiceteams are able to learn from this and refine their strategies andimplementation as required.

Manage Practice Heads

·       Provide line management to Practice Heads;

·       Provide support to Practice teams in the development of effective andconsistent strategic and operational processes, as required (including 5yearly strategic process and annual update);

·       Ensure that Practices benefit from shared platforms as required (e.g.knowledge management, innovation, monitoring and evaluation,etc.).

Support International and Domestic Fundraising

·    MobilizeWWF Network funding support to ensure resources for Practice delivery anddevelopment

·    CoordinatePractice Heads to provide necessary support to domestic fundraising


III. Major Duties and Responsibilities:

·       Ensure focus on delivery of Global goals and outcomes, across Practices;

·       Practice management- chair Program Coordination Committee meetings- drivethe integration across the conservation agenda, champion innovation, sharebest practice;

·       Engage with external partners – including government, business, researchinstitutions, and NGOs;

·       Represent WWF externally on programmatic matters; 

·       Coordinate with the global community of Conservation Directors tosynergize and maximize the impact of the conservation program;

·       Resolve conflict amongst Practices- via mediation and integration;

·       Oversee the Conservation Support Team to give effect to the functions described above;

·       Build and maintain relationships with major current and prospectivepartners and with potential donors as appropriate, including individuals,foundations, corporations, and government agencies- developing and closing on major grants;

·       Undertakes other tasks as requested and agreed with the CEO.


IV. Profile: 

Required Qualifications:

·          Post-graduate qualification inEnvironmental/Conservation science;

·          Further qualifications in environmental affairsand/or business management would be an advantage;

·          Proven conservation leadership at a senior level;

·          Experience of working in an international organisation;

·          Proven track record of managing internal andexternal multi-cultural stakeholders to influence and drive change;

·          Clear evidence of driving conservation delivery;

·          Evidence of championing conservation science andinnovation;

·          Fluent Chinese and English.


Required Skills and Competencies:

·          Critical and strategic thinking with a resultsfocus;

·          Strong management and people development skills;

·          Broad global perspective and vision to identifyadvances in conservation science and awareness of geopolitical and economic trends that may compromiseconservation delivery;

·          Superlative diplomatic and communication skillswith an ability to communicate with impact, and exert influence across a broad spectrum ofindividuals (government representatives, donors, public figures, staff);

·          Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable,Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.


V. Working Relationships:

Internal – Works closely with the CEO, Leadership Team, ManagementTeam, Practice Heads, Conservation Directors in other WWF offices.

External – Creates and fosters close collaboration withexternal partners in governments, intergovernmental institutions, business andindustry, NGOs and local communities to promote the Practice strategies and achievementsin order to consolidate the impact of the Practice and represent WWF.

Contact Information:
1. Candidates should send a cover letter addressing the selection criteria together with a CV in English and Chinese as email attachments to
2. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email and please indicate your salary expectation within the cover letter.