Chief Advisor, Economics & Development

Woking Surrey
Circa £60,000 per annum
12 Oct 2018
28 Oct 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

Chief Advisor, Economics and Economic Development – The Role

We have recently launched an ambitious new strategy, which includes a strengthened focus on tackling the underlying economic drivers of global environmental destruction.  Our economy, health, wellbeing and survival depend on environmental systems which are now being pushed to the limit.  There is growing recognition of this problem and this is why we are now taking on the challenge, with others, to tackle the underlying economic drivers, incentives and market failures that need to be addressed to create a truly sustainable economy. 

Your remit will be to help design, drive and implement this new strategy, including developing and delivering innovative, high-impact programmes that successfully influence economic and development decision-making. In particular, you will take responsibility for identifying and providing the evidence needed to make the case for change as well as recommend solutions. You will provide advice across WWF-UK and give support to the wider Network on the use of economic arguments and economic policy solutions. You will lead work to integrate economics across our programmes, to enable us to have a greater impact by influencing the decisions that matter most for the natural world. You will provide intellectual leadership and help WWF achieve greater influence with the UK and other governments, as well as the private sector, and shape our work to understand and influence development planning, economic growth and poverty reduction.

Chief Advisor, Economics and Economic Development – Requirements

A graduate in economics, you must have extensive experience of working on economics and development-related issues. This will have given you a good understanding of how economic and development planning is undertaken in a variety of contexts internationally, and the ways in which ecosystems and the environment can be reflected in this decision-making.

You will have experience of providing strategic leadership to organisations and programmes of work. Comfortable being the lead specialist on a key area of work you will have a record of achieving organisational objectives as well as influencing key political and business stakeholders and shaping policy debates.

You will also have excellent communication and advocacy skills, and experience of translating complex information, regulations and policies for differing audiences.

Who are we?

WWF believes in a future where people and nature thrive.

Best known as the world’s leading conservation body, we’ve seen first-hand how wildlife, the environment and human activity are all interlinked.

That’s why our passion for safeguarding the natural world has to be backed up by other environmental action – tackling the global threat of climate change (through our big global campaigns like Earth Hour) and helping people to change the way they live to ease pressure on natural resources.

WWF is at the heart of global activities in all these areas. We have teams of highly skilled professionals working with governments, businesses and communities here in the UK and around the world.

At WWF-UK we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community and we offer a range of benefits to encourage a work life balance.