Freshwater Lead, WWF-Laos

WWF-Laos is looking for a new freshwater lead to build the profile of this essential part of our programme. 

As a freshwater lead, you will be working in the Mekong basin, one of the most biodiverse and rich river basins in the world.  You will be pivotal to building and delivering WWF Laos conservation vision, building our programme, and leading our Freshwater Practice Area. Find out more from WWF-Laos's five-year Strategic Plan

You will be integral to the development and leadership of the freshwater programme across Laos and coordinate with regional programmes. You will be leading passionate and committed teams over two priority sites (the Xe Bang Hieng Riverscape and the Siphondone Riverscape) and integrating freshwater into our other priority sites to ensure sound knowledge and understanding of freshwater resources and that this knowledge is incorporated into national and provincial decision making.

Come and join our passionate team of Lao Conservation Scientists!
  • Based in: Savannakhet Province is preferable, with regular travel to other field offices as required. 
  • Employee Categories: Local National and Non-National.
  • Gross monthly salary: WWF Laos offers competitive salary and benefits.  Please state your salary expectations in your cover letter.
The Freshwater Lead is responsible for the leadership, strategic development, management, and resourcing necessary to implement the strategies of WWF- Laos’ Freshwater programme.
As Freshwater Lead, you will:
  • Lead the development and implementation of WWF-Laos’ freshwater programme, including strategy, work plans, partnerships and fundraising;
  • Act as coordinator for one or more of WWF-Laos’ priority sites in the Mekong Plains Landscape (MPL), including ensuring full implementation of WWF’s Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF);
  • Support freshwater related work implemented as part of WWF-Laos’ work in the Annamite and Nam Poui and Mekong Plains Landscapes (AL, NPL, MPL);
  • Ensure a coordinated approach to freshwater with other WWF-Laos programmes, such as Sustainable infrastructure and Private Sector Engagement (SIPSE), Governance and Inclusive Conservation (GIC), Wildlife and Forests;
  • Develop Freshwater research collaborations to monitor and fill information gaps for key aquatic species;
  • Engage multiple stakeholders in water stewardship and river basin management policy, and in the context of WWF Laos Vision;
  • Lead and coordinate fundraising/proposal development for WWF-Laos’ freshwater programme;
  • Ensure timely submission of annual programme reports and technical progress reports (TPRs) to WWF International and relevant donors.

Your qualifications and demonstrable experience will include:
  • Master’s degree in water resource management, environmental or conservation management, or in a related relevant field;
  • Qualification in programme and project management;
  • Thorough understanding of water, socio-economic, hydropower, conservation and development issues in Laos;
  • Knowledge of the policy/institutional context related to freshwater management in Laos;
  • Excellent understanding of development partnerships, fundraising, donor strategies, functions, governmental and international relations;
  • At least 7 years of practical experience in leading and managing freshwater management and freshwater-related conservation initiatives, at least 3 years of which should be in Laos/Southeast Asia/Asia;
  • Experience in developing and implementing aquatic biodiversity monitoring and research;
  • Strong people management skills including planning, motivating and coaching team members, building capacity and supporting professional development;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Delivering quality outcomes and very good financial management skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, and knowledge of Lao language is an advantage;
  • Adhere to WWF’s values: Courage, Respect, Collaboration and Integrity.

WWF-Laos offers you a one-year contract with a possible extension.

How to apply:
If you have the skills, and experiences and are interested in conservation, please email your cover letter and CV in English to citing in the subject line Freshwater Lead, WWF-Laos’ and where you have seen this advertisement. 
Deadline for applications: 1 July 2022. 
Thank you for being interested to be part of our panda family. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within six weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful for this role.
WWF does not charge or accept a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.


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