Programme Lead – Sunderbans

from 10 to 15 year(s) of Experience
Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

The Sundarbans Landscape in India comprises of the world’s largest mangrove delta. This unique and dynamic ecosystem is home to endangered wildlife including the Royal Bengal Tiger as well as a large and climatically vulnerable human population. Sustainable development of this region is critical to ensure the long-term wellbeing of the people living here as well as the conservation of its biodiversity – both of which are intrinsically linked.

WWF India is looking for a dynamic and motivated leader for its integrated programme in the Sundarbans Landscape. The overall vision of the programme is to demonstrate and scale up a sustainable development model for the delta that takes into account the unique biodiversity as well as the emerging challenges of climate change induced impacts. Our revamped and expanded programme of work in this landscape includes an exciting mix of biodiversity conservation (with a focus on tigers), energy transition/renewable energy solutions and climate change adaptation (with a focus on Nature Based Solutions). To achieve its strategic objectives, WWF India uses a range of approaches including direct implementation of scalable sustainable livelihood development models, community engagement and local institution strengthening, research and monitoring, policy and advocacy, communication and education. We work with multiple partners including local panchayats, NGOs and CBOs, research institutions and government agencies.

As a Landscape Leader, you will be the ‘face’ of this programme and will be expected to drive the implementation of the programme to deliver its strategic outcomes in close coordination with the internal Programme Steering Group (PSG). Specific areas of responsibility include:

Location: Sunderbans

Job Profile:

Strategy & Vision

  • Internalise and communicate the Sundarbans programme strategy to multiple stakeholders within and outside the organisation (including the WWF network)
  • Work with the PSG to continually review and refresh the strategic approach and provide innovative ideas towards sustainable development and conservation in the Sundarbans
  • Engage with the WWF global network and provide thought leadership on wider strategic issues related to Asian deltas

Management & Coordination

  • Work with the PSG to recruit additional team members and consultants as required for the delivery of the programme
  • Manage and provide strategic guidance to the team, consultants and other partner organisations engaged in delivery of the programme
  • Provide technical and strategy input in specific areas to ensure a strong and robust programme of work


  • Work with the PSG to ensure regular liaising and communication with all project donors
  • Put in place and ensure effective implementation of technical and financial reporting mechanisms
  • Work with the WWF India Social Safeguards team to ensure effective implementation of the Environmental and Social Safeguards as mandated by the global WWF network

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Work with the PSG to develop and externalise an effective communications strategy for the programme
  • Develop an effective stakeholder engagement plan and manage relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Design a policy/advocacy strategy and work with the PSG to implement this
  • Ensure effective and ongoing networking with key partners including government agencies, other organisations and institutions working in the delta and community institutions

Desired Qualifications, experience & skills:

  • A higher degree in development, management, social sciences, environmental sciences or a related field
  • At least 10 years’ experience in managing a complex programme and leading a multi-disciplinary team
  • Proven skills in networking, stakeholder engagement, government and donor liaison, conflict management and policy/advocacy
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills in English and ability to converse effectively in Bengali

Role:Sustainability Manager

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Industry:NGO, Social Services, Regulators, Industry Associations

Functional Area:CSR & Sustainability

Role Category:CSR & Sustainability

Employment Type:Full Time, Permanent


UG:Any Graduate in Any Specialization

PG:M.Tech in Any Specialization, Energy, Environmental,MS/M.Sc(Science) in Any Specialization, Environmental science

Doctorate:Doctorate Not Required

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World Wide Fund For Nature India

WWF-India is one of the largest organizations engaged in wildlife and nature conservation, since the past 50 years.
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