Director, Sustainable Commodities – 23042

26 Oct, 2022


Director, Sustainable Commodities – 23042

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Washington D.C.


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Director, Freshwater & Food Transformation, Sustainable Commodities.

Major Function

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) one of the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Director, to the Freshwater & Food Transformation team’s engagement in major initiatives to drive responsible demand for commodities. In this role, the Director leads and implements global strategies to achieve sustainable supply chains and develops new initiatives for the Freshwater & Food team to contribute to these strategies.


In addition, the Director will represent the Freshwater & Food team in various internal and external working groups, steering committees, meetings, conferences, etc. to drive alignment around WWF’s strategies for sustainable commodities on issues that include deforestation and conversion-free commodities; developing and reviewing strategic documents or reports including WWF global commodity strategies and major corporate engagement initiatives; exploring other new programmatic areas and funding opportunities for the WWF-US Freshwater & Food; and other strategic planning activities.


  • Develop the strategy to manage project activities and results to take deforestation out of commodity supply chains and ensures alignment between this initiative and WWF’s global strategies.
  • Leads WWF efforts to stop deforestation and resulting Carbon emissions from beef, soy and palm oil value chains. This will include working internally across WWF goal and practice teams on projects and externally with partners on scorecards and reports, development of national roundtables, working groups and other activities, especially in Latin America.
  • Manages engagements with companies on scope 3 Science Based Targets, especially action plans related to WWF DCF Implementation toolkit and Forest Land and Agriculture (SBTI FLAG).
  • Oversee programmatic/global strategic planning for WWF-Freshwater & Food Team and the WWF Network on topics related to sustainable commodities, commodity-driven deforestation, and habitat conversion, etc. especially for beef production. Compares the different methods to achieve sustainable commodities including, certification, jurisdictional and supply chain approaches
  • Leads and support efforts to fundraise for and develop new areas of work for the WWF-US Freshwater & Food team.
  • Other duties and responsibilities assigned by manager.


  • 10 years technical working experience in conservation-related field, including 4 years of project or program management experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree, and post-graduate degree preferred
  • Knowledge of commodity certification and standards and commodities driving deforestation, especially beef, soy and palm oil and accountability framework
  • Excellent leadership and organizational skills with an emphasis on program and project management. International and multi stake-holder program management experience preferred
  • Experience working with supply chain management and/or corporate engagement are highly desirable
  • Experience in Latin America, including Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Experience developing and managing project budgets
  • Negotiation and facilitation skills.
  • Experience in developing complex proposals for development agencies and donors
  • Ability to interact with senior business, government, and NGO staff
  • National and international travel required
  • 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.

WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.


To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #23042
  • 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.

Job posted: 2022-10-26