I.Mission of the Asia Sustainable Finance Team: WWF has identified the Finance Sector as a global driver that we must engage successfully to deliver on our long-term conservation mission. We work with key finance sector players (e.g. banks, investors, regulators, stock exchanges) to drive business change, advocate for policy shifts towards sustainability, develop best practices and standards, and support innovative financial frameworks, products and mechanisms that encourage environmentally sustainable, low carbon and resource efficient investments.
In Asia, the focus areas of the Finance Practice are soft commodities (agriculture, forestry, and seafood), climate and energy, and water. This international team will work closely with food, forestry, climate and energy, water, markets and sustainable finance specialists based in other WWF Offices around the world.
The work in this area will be broad and diverse. The new manager will join the existing Singapore team of 7 sustainable finance professionals, working with WWF sustainable finance and conservation experts around the networkto focus on strategy development in WWFs regional offices, policy guidance with regulators, engagement with banks and the development of new financial products that support sustainable development. The team will undertake key research activities, and collaborate with other ASEAN WWF offices as they work with banks.
II.Major Functions: To support the Asia Sustainable Finance Head in carrying out engagement and advocacy work across the banking sector in ASEAN and creating in house research backed reports and workshop materials. To work with WWF ASEAN offices (team of 15 sustainable finance professionals outside of Singapore) on executing national banking sector engagement strategies. To work with WWF commodity, water, climate experts on developing suitable risk management tools. To working directly with the finance sector to implement ESG practices in their lending activities, including the development of green financial products.
III.Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage research on ESG issues and sustainability disclosure and performance by companies;
Assess and benchmark banks’ extent of ESG integration and regulatory standards
Manage the design and writing of reports and guides to be used to engage banks on ESG integration
Conduct capacity building workshops targeted at banks
Work with WWF commodity, climate and water experts to distill insights and knowledge into guidance tools for the banking sector
Work with banks to develop responsible lending policies, ESG risk appraisal tools and appropriate monitoring and reporting frameworks and innovative green financial products;
Assist the Asia Sustainable Finance Head in advocacy and developing partnerships with the finance sector and other stakeholders in the region.;
Assist in monitoring, evaluating, budgeting and reporting of project performance against planned objectives and deliverables and milestones
Relevant educational qualifications, Master’s Degree preferred, in either finance, economics or environment management;
Minimum 6 years working experience in the area of finance or sustainability, experience working with corporates/financial institutions is preferred
Required Skills and Competencies
A good understanding of how environmental concerns relate to material business risks and opportunities;
General knowledge of the finance sector levers for change as they relate to sustainability;
Ability to analyze ESG issues and to effectively communicate these to financial institution partners;
Able to prioritize and operate under tight deadlines
Ability to work independently and proactively;
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging
Must be able to travel internationally (approx. 5%)
Internal - Relevant departments within the WWF network
External – With financial institutions, regulators, stock exchanges, responsible finance platforms and consultants
Send your covering letter and CV to email@example.com as one file subject line: Sustainable Banking Engagement Manager – ASEAN. We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.
Why this is a green job
Established on 29 April 1961, it was the product of a deep concern held by a few eminent gentlemen who were worried by what they saw happening in our world at that time. Since then, WWF has grown up to be one of the largest environmental organisations in the world.
Today, we have more than 5 million supporters worldwide; and we are present in more than 100 countries to conserve and protect our natural environment.
Gland, Switzerland is the home of WWF International, the secretariat for WWF’s global organisation. Its role is to lead and coordinate the WWF Network of offices around the world, through developing policies and priorities, fostering global partnerships, coordinating international campaigns, and providing supportive measures in order to help make the global operation run as smoothly as it can.
WWF is governed by a Board of Trustees under an International President, Yolanda Kakabadse. Our President Emeritus is HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.