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Amazon Network Initiative Leader (WWF)

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The Leader will have the unique opportunity to oversee the development and implementation of an ambitious initiative to safeguard the future of the Amazon across the nine countries that comprise the Amazon region. WWF’s vision is: An ecologically healthy Amazon Biome that maintains its environmental and cultural contributions to local peoples, the countries of the region, and the world, within a framework of social equity, inclusive economic development and global responsibility. (Closing date: 9 January 2009)

This Initiative will focus on five transformational strategies that transcend political boundaries:

  • Shifting the paradigm of development in the Amazon from the current model to one that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable;
  • Ensuring that natural ecosystems are valued appropriately for the environmental goods and services they provide and the livelihoods they sustain;
  • Conserving the large landscapes that are needed to maintain the ecological integrity of the Amazon through the establishment and strengthening of protected areas, indigenous territories and responsibly managed forests;
  • Ensuring that agriculture and ranching are carried out following best management practices on lands that are appropriate and legal; and
  • Planning, designing and implementing transportation and energy infrastructure development to minimize impact on natural ecosystems, hydrological disruption and impoverishment of biological and cultural diversity.


The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in building and managing multi-disciplinary and geographically widespread teams; strong negotiating and diplomatic skills; excellent knowledge of multiple countries of the Amazon region and their conservation context; experience in raising and mobilizing funding; and the ability to work effectively in a matrix organization. The post will be based in the WWF-Brazil office in Brasilia, with frequent travel to the other countries of the Amazon region, as well as Europe and North America.

Applicants should have at least 15 years of experience in a leadership role, with 10 years in the Amazon region. An advanced degree in conservation, natural sciences, management, international development or another relevant field and an excellent command of English, as well as Portuguese and/or Spanish is required.

Application deadline:

9 January 2009

Interested candidates should submit their application electronically at http://worldwildlife.org/who/careers/jobs.html.

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