Project Manager Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD)

  • Dienstverband
  • Zeist


Do you want to work together with inspired colleagues to create a world in which nature and people thrive? And help build a ‘nature positive’ impact in biodiverse priority landscapes around the world by mobilising people to act? That is what you will do when you work at WWF Netherlands (Wereld Natuur Fonds).

WWF-NL is a professional and dynamic organization with an informal working culture based in Zeist, the Netherlands. The working language is English.

The organisation consists of four departments: Engagement, Organization & Talent Development, Finance & Operations and Conservation. The Green Finance Unit is part of the Conservation department. For this unit we are looking for a Project Manager Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) (32 – 40 hours a week).

WWF has worked on conservation for decades, achieved many notable successes and over time, evolved and expanded its programmes to meet changing conservation challenges. As problems of governance, scarcity, degradation and pollution have spread and intensified, interest in protecting our natural resources has diversified and has started to bring government, the public, business and investors together to jointly tackle some of the major impacts of economic development on natural capital.

As part of its strategy, WWF-NL applies various approaches to reduce pressure on ecosystems. We aim to redirect the funding flow to sustainable practices by working with Finance Institutions and find better ways for how they and their corporate clients and investees can mitigate (business) risks and seize opportunities that originate from those practices. Simultaneously, we aim to direct funding towards projects and companies with a positive impact on ecosystems and a positive business case, by finding and co-developing such projects and connecting those to relevant investors.

The Opportunity

In 2019, the consortium of Dutch Development Bank FMO, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), WWF-NL, and Climate Fund Managers (CFM) won the tender to manage the €160 million Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD). This pioneering partnership of NGOs and financiers aims to help developing countries build climate resilient economies.

Investments made by the consortium parties will seek to improve the wellbeing, economic prospects, and livelihoods of vulnerable groups – particularly women and youth – and enhance the health of critical ecosystems, from river basins to tropical rainforests, marshland, and mangroves. The consortium’s activities will also help protect communities and cities from the increasing frequency of extreme weather events and benefit weakening biodiversity in areas that provide people with water, food, medicine, and economic opportunity.

The Origination Facility of the DFCD is managed by WWF-NL and SNV collectively and is positioned exclusively for project identification using a landscape approach and (pre)feasibility development activities with a cross DFCD thematic subsector focus. The Origination Facility provides grant funding for these activities with the goal to develop climate resilient bankable projects and companies for the two investment facilities: the Land Use Facility and the Water Facility.

The Project Manager DFCD will be reporting to the Unit Head Green Finance (GFU) of WWF-NL and have frequent, direct and diverse working relationships with colleagues in the WWF-NL office, WWF offices worldwide and the consortium members.

Role and responsibilities

The main tasks of the Project Manager DFCD include the following:

  • Project management, incl. coordination, planning, implementation and reporting of WWF-NL to FMO as a contracting partner.
  • Project management of the DFCD team, consisting of 3 regional leads, 1 safeguard specialist, 1 impact specialist, 1 senior finance advisor, 1 project support officer, 2 communication officers and several consultants
  • Contract management of close to 50 contracts with companies, consultants and WWF offices
  • Ensuring that DFCD is being delivered in all regions (Asia, Africa and LAC)
  • Develop and maintain relationships with DFCD Consortium partners (FMO, CFM and SNV), including preparation and attendance of the monthly Operational Committee and Investment Committee meetings
  • Build relationships with WWF-NL colleagues in the conservation and finance, legal and M&E departments, as well as with international WWF offices and relevant partner organisations.
  • Communication and coordination with the Project Management Team, consisting of the heads of the green finance, legal, finance and M&E units
  • Assisting the head of the GFU in informing the WWF-NL Management Team on progress and (emerging) deviations from the original plan
  • Supporting the communication, delivery and sign offs of the DFCD Project Pipeline

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