I. Mission of the WWF Sustainable Finance Team:
WWF has identified the finance sector as a key driver of global economic activity with which we must engage to successfully deliver on our long-term conservation mission. To do this, we work with key finance sector players including banks, investors, insurers, regulators, and stock exchanges, across six focus areas: standards, regulations, capacity building, research & tools, green financial solutions, engagement.
In Asia, we work across seven (7) ASEAN countries - Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – as well as in Japan and South Korea. We focus on sustainability issues related to soft commodities finance (e.g. agriculture, forestry, and seafood) and infrastructure, in addition to cross-cutting issues such as climate and energy, and water.
II. Major Functions:
The new Manager will join the existing Singapore-based Sustainable Finance team of nine (9) to be a global topic lead for sustainable infrastructure finance in the WWF network with a key focus on South East Asia, Japan and Korea. The main focus of the work will be on private finance/institutional investors; however, public finance institutions should be engaged on a case by case basis. To execute WWF’s sustainable infrastructure financing strategy, the new Manager will work with WWF sustainable finance and conservation experts across the network, as well as directly with members of the global and regional finance sector.
III. Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- -Designing and leading implementation measures for a WWF network-wide strategy on sustainable infrastructure finance with a regional focus on South East Asia, Korea and Japan.
- -Coordinating and/or drafting follow-up publications (to three recent WWF network studies on sustainable infrastructure finance) on sustainable infrastructure financing best practice.
- -Building capacity for regional and global finance sector professionals on infrastructure related ESG risks and impacts and science-based solutions through trainings and workshops (i) in the target region and (ii) globally (maximum 2 workshops per year outside target market).
- -Building capacity of WWF sustainable finance colleagues e.g. via webinars.
- -Benchmarking FI’s approaches to sustainable infrastructure financing.
- -Developing, negotiating and steering partnerships with financial service providers on sustainable infrastructure.
- -Facilitating WWF’s input to the roll-out of a global sustainable infrastructure standard (providing and coordinate technical input from WWF network);
- -Working with WWF public finance experts on case by case basis to influence relevant development institutions or individual infrastructure projects with respect to environmental and social safeguards.
- -Representing WWF on the topic of sustainable infrastructure finance at conferences, panel discussions etc.
- -Engage with WWF network to ensure full support and alignment with WWF conservation goals.
- Relevant educational qualifications, Master’s Degree required, in either finance, economics or environment management or other relevant domains;
- -With a min. 8-10-year work experience, ideally in the infrastructure sector with a financial institution, private equity fund or DFI,
Required Skills and Competencies
- Proven track record in project management at the intersect of finance, infrastructure and sustainability,
- Deep knowledge of environmental and social issues within the infrastructure sector including those related to indirect footprint (e.g. via supply chain)
- Ability to elaborate business case for integrating ESG in infrastructure investments to decision makers
- Ability to advise FIs on how to integrating ESG factors into financial models for infrastructure investments
- Knowledge of practical strategies to manage ESG issues & opportunities within the infrastructure sector (knowledge of infrastructure standards, tools, ability to advise on green products development)
- Functioning network of relevant stakeholders at the intersection of finance, infrastructure and sustainability,
- Knowledge of the finance sector levers for change as they relate to sustainability;
- Ability to analyze ESG issues and to effectively communicate these to FI partners;
- Ability to navigate through various interests without losing focus.
- An understand international non-profit organizations would be an advantage.
- Ability to prioritize and operate under tight deadlines;
- Ability to work independently and proactively;
- Structured thinker with excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Adherence to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.
- Must be able to travel internationally (approx. 10%)
V. Working Relationships:
Internal – Relevant departments within the WWF network
External – With financial institutions, regulators, stock exchanges, responsible finance platforms and consultants
Interested candidates please email a CV and a cover letter with the title “Sustainable Infrastructure Financing Manager” to email@example.com.
Deadline for applications: 19 August 2019