Chief Program Officer
Position title: Chief Program Officer
Reports to: CEO
Supervises: Practice Heads, Program Support Team
I. Mission of the position:
As a member of the Leadership Team, the Chief Program Officer supports WWF China CEO by leading the Conservation Program to fulfill the Mission and Objectives of WWF International and WWF China.
The CPO oversees WWF China Conservation Program by ensuring strategic integration and coordination between various Practices. Offers thought leadership, analytical insights, and ‘convening power’ with an emphasis on ‘Strategic focus and coherence’ of the WWF China Conservation Program. Plays a key role in monitoring progress and adaptive management of the Conservation Program. Convenes both internally within WWF China and externally with partners. Represents WWF China in global WWF Network and coordinate with other WWF offices in achieving conversation goals.
II. Major Functions:
Lead the evolution of the Conservation Program and Structure
• Support the Change Implementation Team to ensure a successful transition towards the new organizational structure, with particular focus on the successful transition of the current conservation programs to the new structure and establishment of the Practices.
• Support and enable the Practice Heads to establish and lead the Practice teams, and to be widely-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 trends that are
likely to influence our work;
• Drive shared learning and knowledge management between Practices;
• Ensure policy coherence between Practices and efficient and coherent relationship management
with external institutions and partners;
Monitoring and Impact Evaluation
• Measure the overall impact of the Conservation Program and ensure that this is transparently and effectively communicated to WWF’s Board, Network executive Team (NET), the entire network and external partners and public audiences;
• Drive deep reflection on successes and failures and ensure that Practice teams are able to learn from this and refine their strategies and implementation as required.
Manage Practice Heads
• Provide line management to Practice Heads;
• Provide support to Practice teams in the development of effective and consistent strategic and
operational processes, as required (including 5 yearly 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
• Mobilize WWF Network funding support to ensure resources for Practice delivery and development
• Coordinate Practice 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- drive the integration across the
conservation agenda, champion innovation, share best practice;
• Engage with external partners – including government, business, research institutions, and NGOs;
• Represent WWF externally on programmatic matters;
• Coordinate with the global community of Conservation Directors to synergize 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
• Build and maintain relationships with major current and prospective partners 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.
• Post-graduate qualification in Environmental/Conservation science;
• Further qualifications in environmental affairs and/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 and external multi-cultural stakeholders to influence
and drive change;
• Clear evidence of driving conservation delivery;
• Evidence of championing conservation science and innovation;
• Fluent Chinese and English.
Required Skills and Competencies:
• Critical and strategic thinking with a results focus;
• Strong management and people development skills;
• Broad global perspective and vision to identify advances in conservation science and
awareness of geopolitical and economic trends that may compromise conservation delivery;
• Superlative diplomatic and communication skills with an ability to communicate with impact,
and exert influence across a broad spectrum of individuals (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, Management Team, Practice Heads, Conservation Directors in other WWF offices.
External – Creates and fosters close collaboration with external partners in governments, intergovernmental institutions, business and industry, NGOs and local communities to promote the Practice strategies and achievements in order to consolidate the impact of the Practice and represent WWF.