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Jobs | WWF Cocoa Lead Expert

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Jul 22, 2020 Posted in Opportunities

WWF Belgium is currently recruiting for the following position. Applications close 16 Aug 2020.   


Title: Cocoa Lead Expert 

Your Role:

As Cocoa Lead Expert you are responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of WWF’s position and strategy on cocoa. You will create, conduct and coordinate a cross offices cocoa working group in order to create alignment and strengthen the role of sustainable cocoa in WWF’s global conservation agenda.

As Cocoa Lead Expert, you have a strong technical grasp of cocoa sustainability issues that enables you to consult, support and advise WWF on business and government policiesagricultureforestry and landscape work related to cocoa. Besides, you maintain excellent relationships with the cocoa sector stakeholders, including multinational companies, governments & policy makers, civil society organizations and academia.


1. Developing WWF position on cocoa and associated strategy to reduce the key impacts of cocoa production on biodiversity and forests.

  • Align WWF’s commodity and global strategies on forests, markets and food and ensure that cocoa is becoming a strategic crop within the network based on the best available scientific knowledge
  • Develops asks, compelling arguments, and business cases for change, that support the engagement of companies, government agencies and other organizations that are identified as priorities.
  • Identify, engage and influence demand companies and traders on sustainability issues in cocoa sector
  • Ensures that WWF’s interests are represented in priority industry platforms, multi-stakeholder initiatives, standards bodies, or roundtables for cocoa. Prepares or contributes to policy positions relevant to cocoa.

2. Overseeing the execution of strategy and coordinating across all network offices.

3. Mobilizing the WWF to ensure a well-coordinated approach towards sustainable cocoa across network.

  • Sets up and coordinates a WWF cocoa working group and convenes regular meetings
  • Motivates WWF Network staff and key offices to help conceive and take part in implementing the Cocoa Strategy through their office contributions
  • Contributes to internal learning and knowledge management by routinely and consistently sharing lessons learned and models of change

4. Fundraising, communicating and mobilizing resources towards more sustainable cocoa.

  • Plan and oversee budget for cocoa work
  • Identify sources of funding and develop fundraising proposals to implement WWF’s cocoa strategy with the support of relevant national, regional offices of WWF-International teams.
  • Contributes to reporting on cocoa’s work with respect to external and internal funds as required
  • Communication:
    • Co-develops WWF’s communication strategy and messages on cocoa
    • Is consulted about international messaging or releases that relate to cocoa, its supply chains or the stakeholders involved.
    • Spokesperson on cocoa at the international level 

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This post was edited on Jul 22, 2020 by Deesha Chandra

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