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Social Science Specialist - 22054

WWF Washington, DC
Indian, Maine
Closing date
Jan 14, 2022

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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world's leading conservation organization, seeks a Social Science Specialist. The Social Science Specialist leads the day-to-day implementation and project management of interdisciplinary science projects within WWF's Global Science team. Priorities for the Social Science Specialist include (1) leading program management, communications, reporting, and technical deliverables for the Alliance for Conservation Evidence and Sustainability and (2) managing the day-to-day roll out and operations of a database and tool for measuring environmental governance and management. The Social Science Specialist will have opportunities to engage across WWF's diverse Practice areas, with a strong focus on marine community-based conservation.

Provide technical and logistical management and support to the secretariat of the Alliance for Conservation Evidence and Sustainability, which will include:
  • Project management (40% of the role): Coordinate the implementation and delivery of technical deliverables; coordinate donor reporting, develop agendas, co-facilitate, and coordinate steering committee and working group meetings.
  • Technical support (40% of the role): Support evidence-informed decision-making in conservation by, for example, developing factsheets on conservation MEL and evidence-informed decision-making and support data compilation and analysis
  • Communications (20% of the role) maintain and adapt external communication platforms for the collaborative (initially using SquareSpace); compile research protocols and publish on the website; develop research communication products as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned

  • Must have at least 4 years of program or relevant professional experience
  • Must have a Bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary conservation science or social sciences, preferably in fields such as economics, anthropology, sociology, political science A graduate degree in these areas of study is preferred, and may substitute for some of the years of experience
  • Must have quantitative and/or qualitative social science research experience
  • Must have experience with project management and science-based monitoring and evaluation required
  • Knowledge of area-based and community-based conservation is strongly preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in facilitation and graphic design desired
  • Ability to work independently and in a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary team
  • Ability to work on initiatives with multiple and competing priorities
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF's core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.

Please Note:
  • This is a 1-year Limited Term position. There may be a possibility of renewal.
  • We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible; applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received.

To Apply:
  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #22054
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply
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