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Environmental Social Safeguard Framework (ESSF) Senior Coordinator

I. Background 

For over 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. As the world’s leading conservation  organization, WWF works across100 countries and is supported by close to 5 million members globally.  WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at all  levels locally to globally, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people  and nature. 

WWF is a founding member of the Conservation and Human Rights Initiative and signed the Conservation  Initiative on Human Rights Framework in 2009. WWF recognizes human rights as central to achieving  effective and equitable conservation and development outcomes. The Framework states WWF’s  commitment to respect human rights and to promote rights within the scope of conservation initiatives.  This endorsement also commits WWF to implementation measures contained in the framework and their  application across all of our relevant following social policies.  

The WWF Statement of Principles on Indigenous People and Conservation (1996 and updated in 2008)ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples are respected in WWF’s work, that indigenous peoples do not suffer adverse impacts from WWF projects, and that they receive culturally appropriate  benefits from conservation. 

The WWF Policy on Poverty and Conservation (2009) reaffirms WWF’s commitment to embrace a pro-poor  approach to conservation, strives to find equitable solutions for people and the environment, and makes  special effort to enable local people to play a key part in crafting solutions for sustainable development. 

The WWF Gender Policy (2011) signifies WWF’s ongoing commitment to equity and integrating a gender  perspective in its policies, programs, and projects, as well as in its own institutional structure. 

In addition, WWF adopted the Environmental and Social Safeguard Framework (ESSF) in June 2019 to ensure consistent, comprehensive application of safeguards across the entire WWF Network. Safeguards were designed as a risk mitigation management system to be applied to development projects that may potentially generate  negative social or environmental impacts. 

II. Major Functions: 

Working in close collaboration with the ESSF Manager and the broader WWF Thailand team, the key role of the Environmental and Social Safeguard Framework (ESSF) Senior Coordinator is to support the  integration and implementation of Social Safeguard policies and measures into WWF Thailand’s conservation program to ensure that a “no harm” principle is embedded into all projects and activities at both the field and policy levels and that any social and environmental risks are minimised. 

III. Major Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Support and work in close collaboration with the relevant conservation teams to assess and identify potential risks associated with  relevant ongoing programs .

  • Assist conservation teams complete ESSF requirements for priority landscapes and activities including drafting responses to key questions as part of the ESSF process and helping to identify, research and respond to knowledge gaps.

  • Support conservation teams to integrate ESSF components as part of the fund raising project proposal development process.

  • Support conservation teams in formulating risk mitigation plans for the identified environmental and social impacts for both ongoing and planned projects.

  • Liaise with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and conservation teams to review and monitor the implementation and improvement of ESSF mitigating actions.

  • Support risk registration and quality assurance processes for the ongoing and new conservation projects/programs 

  • Help develop, coordinate and roll-out ESSF capacity building and training initiatives for WWF staff and partners organizations. 

  • Provide assistance and guidance to staff and organization partners regarding all areas of WWF's safeguard policies.

  • Support the preparation of periodic reports on the status and implementation of WWF’s safeguard policies and measures.

  • Help develop  a grievance reporting system that allows conservation teams to submit and share feedback and recommendations on all aspects related to the ESSF process.

IV. Profile: 

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor / Master’s degree in human right laws, environment and natural resource management or in relevant fields, or comparable work experience. 

Required Skills and Competencies  

  • Familiarity with the issues and challenges related to natural resource conservation and management in Thailand including an understanding of relevant approaches, organizations, history and trends. 

  • Sound understanding of the social and environmental safeguards related to conservation in Thailand.  

  • Strong familiarity on international and national laws/ regulations on human rights related to conservation for example the application of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). 

  • Solid understanding of human rights and humanitarian law, and ability to apply human rights and  humanitarian legal frameworks to development, integration and implementation of conservation activities and programs.

  • Research experience in related fields such as natural resource management, human rights, and environment issues is preferable.

  • Ability to develop and facilitate participatory training and workshops and provide ongoing technical  support to conservation teams and partner organizations. 

  • Knowledge and experience on key social issues such as  gender equity, poverty, child protection, and migration is preferable.  

  • Excellent writing, organizational, and time management skills.  

  • Willingness to travel within Thailand and internationally.  

  • High-level of competency in written and oral skills in Thai and English language essential .

Applications procedures: Interested applicants are encouraged to send an application to  punyanuchs@wwf.or.th  Applications addressed to the Head of Human Resources, must include a cover letter and an updated resume with contact details for three professional referees. Applications close on 25 February 2022.  WWF is an equal opportunity employer.  Eligible women candidates are encouraged to apply.  

Only short-listed candidates will be called for interviews.

Contact : punyanuchs@wwf.or.th


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