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Position title: Palm Oil Communications and Advocacy Manager – WWF Singapore. 

Reports to:     Global Palm Oil Lead

Start Date:     Immediately


About World Wide Fund for Nature, Singapore (WWF)

WWF-Singapore is a Singapore-registered charity, a network member of WWF International – one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with a global network that spans over 100 countries. WWF-Singapore protects critical natural resources for people in Singapore, by supporting conservation efforts in priority regional landscapes and seascapes, and through market transformation, sustainable finance initiatives, policy and advocacy, and education and outreach.

About WWF’s global palm oil programme:

WWF’s vision is to halt the conversion of natural ecosystems by palm oil, ensuring that production, trade and consumption is responsible, protects, restores and connects landscapes, and benefits people and nature.

The global palm oil programme is responsible for the global strategy and position of WWF on palm oil both internally and externally, and represents the network on technical and multi-stakeholder groups such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). It chairs the network’s palm oil working group, facilitates and supports the network’s work on palm oil, and leads on projects of its own such as the Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard and managing the Asia Sustainable Palm Oil Links (ASPOL) programme.

Major Functions:

The objective of this role is to ensure technical robustness, geographic reach and network alignment of all external communications related to sustainable palm oil. This role will contribute to the coordination and development of global messaging and positions to inform both national and industry level policies and guidelines on the production and trade of sustainable palm oil. More specifically, this role will be particularly vital to delivering trader and buyer engagement strategies of the ASPOL programme and to ensure major publications and projects related to company performance (Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard and Responsible Traders Index) are effectively targeted and executed to achieve maximum impact.

The successful candidate will facilitate and work in close collaboration with the communication, policy and conservation teams in WWF offices across the network, in particular Indonesia, Malaysia, India and China as well as colleagues in WWF Singapore office. For locally and regionally relevant communications, the position should consult with Director of Communications in Singapore.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Strategy: Review and update the communications strategy for the WWF Palm Oil Working Group (POWG) in consultation with the core global palm oil team, International Communications & Marketing (C&M), and the WWF POWG such that it strengthens the work of the group, promotes its brand and helps achieve its global conservation goals, and adheres to the global brand positioning.

  • Implementation: Co-ordinate the implementation of the strategy through the POWG in partnership with the global WWF Int’l Community of Communicators.

  • Content: Support technical staff in developing core content (publications, stories, facts, images, policy positions etc.) required to deliver the agreed communications plan.

  • Internal communication: Develop and coordinate the implementation of a strategy for internal communications to inform, inspire and equip the WWF network on work being done across the POWG to achieve the palm oil strategy outcomes.

  • External communication: Provide strategic direction and core content and messaging guidance for external communications that helps secure conservation wins, strengthen WWF’s brand and the profile of the Global Palm Oil lead and POWG members, and provide support for network fundraising initiatives.

  • Campaigns: Support the POWG members to develop external campaigns and messaging to influence consumers and other stakeholders.

  • Profile: Promote the Global Palm Oil Lead and core team as global thought leaders and enhance WWF’s public profile and global influence on strategic palm oil related issues.

  • Media: Work through Int’l C&M and national organizations’ communications departments to establish a positive profile of the work with influential journalists and respond to media inquiries. This includes via the establishment of a strong working relationship with the WWF-Singapore communications department. Ensure POWG members are prepared to deliver key messages and respond in accordance with WWF positions and talking points on controversial topics. Working with the “owners” of social media channels (Int’l C&M and national offices), provide guidance and core content for social media posts related to their communications plans.

  • Reporting: Communicate impact of the global palm oil programme captured through technical progress reports for a variety of influential audiences. Prepare communication progress reports against the communication strategy objectives for the network.

Required qualifications and skills: 

  • University degree in relevant content areas or equivalent experience.

  • At least five years’ experience in communications, journalism or a profession harnessing knowledge/research and promoting conservation learning.

  • Experience of working in an international and complex organisation.

  • Experience with, and knowledge about, business sustainability and ideally palm oil

  • Ability to deliver multiple simultaneous projects.

  • Articulate, creative, passionate, flexible.

  • Absolute discretion, tact, diplomacy and negotiation skills.

  • Excellent written and spoken English – other regional languages an advantage

  • Experience in conservation and environmental issues.

  • Ability to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment.

  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Courage, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration.


WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

Interested candidates should email a CV and a cover letter to HR Department (Email: hr@wwf.sg). Closing date for applications is 19 December 2021. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

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