Program Director, Wildlife

Position: Program Director, Wildlife

Reports to: Practice Head, Wildlife

Location: Chengdu/Xi’an


Major Functions: The Director of wildlife practice is responsible to add value to achieve WWF mission, leading teams to ensure scalable conservation impact in China and increased WWF China’s influence and recognition.


The Director of wildlife practice needs to

•  Perform overall management to panda project teams in Chengdu and Xi’an, and ensure the synergy of related species program and other practice programs in panda habitats.

•  Is responsible for related strategies development that can deliver WWF global and WWF China’s Conservation Strategy.

•  Ensure the scalable conservation impacts and effective use of financial resources during  implementation of the strategy.

•  Build strong partnerships and engage key stakeholders including governmental and NGO partners for the leverage and lasting impacts

•  Represent WWF China for the communication of related species conservation within and beyond China.

•  Support WWF Network and China domestic fund raising and communication.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

•  Is responsible for people and team management of panda team.

•  Assemble themes of protected area effective management, community sustainable development, ecosystem health assessment and climate change adaptation, policy & technology innovation, NGO and public engagement, to develop an integrated relatedspecies conservation strategy with a portfolio of fast development of China & pilot of global conservation innovation.

•  Lead related policy work at national and international levels, with a particular focus on securing strategic changes in national conservation policies, and developing the linkages and integration of national and field activities.

•  Provide technical, communications and marketing support, strengthen capacity and skillsto ensure effective implementation of the related conservation strategy following WWF program standards.

•  Be responsible for proposal development, annual work plan and budget preparation, monitoring and reporting progress and results, and taking adaptive management approaches to ensure the effective implementation of these strategies and operation plans.

•  Coordinate within all units of WWF China for cross-cutting issues to ensure the scale of conservation impact and representing related wildlife species conservation strategy in regions within WWF China, WWF network and external partners including aid agencies, government partners and non-government and private sector etc. in line with WWF China conservation strategy and business plan.

•  Work together with the field stations’ teams to strengthen partnership and collaboration with stakeholders such as government agencies, academies, NGOs, private sectors and local communities as relevant to achieve the Strategic goals/Objectives.

•  Build and maintain relations with WWF Global wildlife practice and other practice, other Network offices and external partners.

•  Represent WWF China in communication of related wildlife species when engaging with WWF network and external partners including aid agencies, government partners and non-government and private sectors.

•  Work with fundraising team and communication team in response to develop fundraising products and proposals, provide technical support in donor acquisition, engagement and retention.

•  Perform other tasks designated by the supervisor.


Internal Working Relationships

•  Daily management of panda team and routine contact with WWF-China field stations.

•  Routine contact with other related program teams and units on ODD and operation teams.


External Working Relationships

•  Regular contact with WWF network donors, and related WWF offices

•  Regular contact with Government Agencies.

•  Regular contact with other donors including corporate, NGOs, media and main partners.


Qualifications Required

•  Knowledge: A Master’s degree in conservation science or a related discipline, e.g. conservation,

•  Project management or in a relevant field is preferred. Strategic thinking and visionary.

•  Experience: Minimum of 10 years relevant work experience, first hand conservation experience on WWF priority species in the field a distinct advantage. Proven management of large scale programme. Hands-on experience in programme planning, project management and monitoring, as well as international conservation experience will be assets.

•  Skills and Abilities: Excellent inter personal skills and the ability to work with people of diverse cultures essential. Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Chinese. Experience in working with teams and coordinating team work will be essential, as well as building partnerships outside WWF. Creative, strategic personality in order to develop a plan for nature conservation in which partnerships with other people and organizations play an important role. Good working knowledge of computer and familiarity with the use of electronic media.


Program Brief

WWF’s giant panda project has a history and has been evolving. It is what WWF started with when it entered China in 1980. Following site-based ecological researches and support to Chinese government on survey and planning during 1980s and 1990s, WWF initiated landscape level protection in early 2000s when Minshan landscape and Qinling focal project was launched. Since 2007, WWF has evolved to take an integrated approach through which a common frame work was established to tackle the prioritized issues of panda conservation and to achieve time-and-cost-efficient delivery within the bigger scope.


In the year of 2015, the Chinese government released the 4th national panda survey result, which revealed an increase in wild population size up to 1864 by 16.8% and in habitat size up to 2.58 million by 11.8% compared to that of 3rd survey in 2003. While the result endorsed WWF’s contribution to the positive change and achievements through past years of project efforts, it has also reflected achanging scenario of threats and challenges posed to panda conservation. Upon adaptively integrating the evaluation result and fully examining the external and internal context, panda strategy 2025 was developed in 2016. The strategy which set out the project goal in the next 10 years and formulized the over arching framework of strategic activities.  From that moment, WWFChina has being carried 3-year-project, and it will be the end of Phase FY17-FY19, and the project evaluation is being carried out until theearly of 2019, which is looking at the major impacts the project has achieved on a timeline of beyond 3-year but 10-year scale of project track and gave the future recommendations. 

Contact Information:

•  Candidates should send a cover letter addressing the selection criteria together with a CV in English and Chinese as email attachments to

•  Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email and please indicate your salary expectation within the coverletter.