WWF Caucasus Programme Office (WWF CauPO) is the leading international conservation organization in the South Caucasus. It represents a high-performing WWF International Programme Office with efficient operating systems, professional and skilled staff, and strong financial resources, delivering high conservation impact.
Main Functions Director, WWF Armenia leads and ensures that WWF Armenia is effectively and efficiently managed in all key areas - conservation, operations, finance and administration, people and organizational development, communications, partnerships, and fundraising, achieving WWF Armenia vision and first-rate KPIs. Promotes vision and objectives of Strategic Plan of WWF Armenia Branch Office to external (e.g., government, donors) and WWF stakeholders and participates in strategic partnership-building/ fundraising from all potential sources including PSP, Corporate, Foundations, and Individuals. Establishes and implements effective internal organizational/ management structures, policies, and processes. Ensures that legal and reporting requirements are met, and adheres to WWF policies, procedures, and standards as a WWF International managed office.
- Lead and ensure that overall office Strategy (comprising a Conservation Plan and Operational Plan) is developed and implemented as relevant to national policies, constituencies, and civil society, aligned with Regional Conservation Plan and WWF’s global conservation priorities; - Provide leadership to WWF Armenia staff to ensure effective implementation of country specific component of the Strategic Plan, effective engagement with national partners and constituencies and effective relationships with NOs and other donors; - Provide overall direction and leadership in developing and executing strategic objectives and institutional vision and transformation on the path to become a robust organization, with strong foundations in local civil society; - Strengthen WWF’s profile, reputation and credibility in Armenia and influence policies and best practices in line with WWF’s brand and global programme priorities; - Initiate and lead strategic partnerships relevant to a strategic plan for WWF Armenia and institutional vision as well as WWF Network’s key initiatives; - Ensure that WWF Armenia has a solid long-term development strategy, including a sound Financial Sustainability Plan, and is financially strong to deliver on its conservation agenda including covering core costs through programmatic funding and driving for operational excellence; - Ensure effective communications and partnerships with WWF Network, government, international organizations, other non-governmental organizations, media, social media, industry and public to ensure strong profile of WWF Armenia and its activities, as well as leveraging opportunities between national, regional, and global levels; - Ensure activities of WWF Armenia comply with relevant legal requirements and ethical standards including WWF's core standards and WWF International policies; - Represent WWF Armenia at network meetings, vis-à-vis government, industry leaders, key supporters, and stakeholders; - Ensure on-time quality technical, financial and management reporting to donors and all relevant parts of the WWF Network, according to agreed standards; - Lead staff effectively through creation of a shared vision ensuring that all staff in the WWF Armenia understands their contribution including the establishment of appropriate organizational structures, policies, processes, and departmental/ office responsibilities with annual objective setting and performance reviews; - Establish, implement, and ensure that the Office is effectively and efficiently managed in all key areas – conservation, operations, finance, HR, communication, marketing, fundraising, policy and partnerships, risk management, and environmental and social safeguards; - Effectively lead, coordinate, manage and develop the senior management team and support them in executing the strategy and managing talent and resources; - Use KPIs and other metrics to track strategy delivery and ensure high performance at organizational and staff levels; - Build a culture of performance, positivity, engagement, creativity and work ethics; - Perform other duties as requested by the Regional Representative or his/her designate.
Supervisory Responsibilities - Responsible for the supervision and management of all WWF staff working at WWF Armenia Branch Office; - Direct day-to-day supervision of the management team; - Involved in hiring, development, and evaluation of all staff at WWF Armenia Branch Office.
- At least 15 years of leadership experience in the international context, with demonstrated success in managing multi-disciplinary teams and multiple donor budgets; - Master’s degree or higher in natural resources management, environmental or conservation management, development studies, or in relevant fields; - Proven track record in successfully developing, funding, leading, and managing large-scale programs and/or institutions in the field of conservation, natural resource management, international development, and/or other related fields; - Proven track record of fundraising from diverse sources, including Bilateral and Multilateral agencies, Corporates, and Individuals. - Superior oral and written communication skills in English, Russian and Armenian languages.
Required Skills and Competencies - Proven leadership skills, excellent capacity to manage human and financial resources, strong skills in project planning, financing, implementation, and evaluation; - Demonstrated fundraising skills and experience with donor/government aid agencies; - Excellent inter-personal skills, ability to operate at all levels and liaise effectively with local communities, government agencies, governmental policy and decision makers, as well the business community; - High level negotiation and influencing skills and the capacity to develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels in business, non-profit, scientific and political communities; - Media relations skills and networking at the highest levels of Government and Business; - Strong diplomatic and communications skills, including an ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals (individual donors, business leaders, public figures, WWF staff) within a broad range of cultural environments; - Identify and align with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Collaboration, Respect & Integrity; - Adhere to WWF's brand values: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging; - Demonstrate WWF behaviors in ways of working: strive for impact, listen deeply, collaborate openly, and innovate fearlessly.
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