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Senior Program Officer, US Government Partnerships

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Washington, D.C., USA

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks an experienced US government proposal manager to join its new business development team. The Senior Program Officer leads competitive proposal efforts for funding from USG agencies including USAID, USDOS, USFWS, and the EPA.  Based in Washington, DC, the Senior Program Officer collaborates with WWF conservation experts based in the US and WWF offices worldwide, who are working to deliver science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment, and combat climate change. He/she will identify, plan, coordinate, and manage the development and submission of applications and proposals for US Government funding in support of WWF’s broad array of program priorities and initiatives worldwide.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Identifies strategic government funding opportunities and leads efforts with colleagues at WWF US and across the Network, as well as grantees, partners, consultants, and others to develop competitive proposals for submission to U.S. Government agencies.
  • Proactively identifies WWF initiatives and projects that may be of interest to U.S. Government agencies for funding and supports outreach to those agencies. Gathers intelligence and conducts competitive analyses related to funding opportunities.
  • Independently manages development of mid-sized proposals ($2.5M in value or more), and develops critical technical elements of large ($20M+) proposals.
  • Travels to country offices for capture/proposal management purposes as needed.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of relevant U.S. Government Policy and strategic priorities.  
  • Provides guidance to technical and budget teams, as needed to ensure proposals are clear, thorough, and compelling.
  • Ensures proposals, budgets and related annexes are compliant with funding agency format and content requirements. Reviews proposal budgets for alignment with technical proposals.
  • Copy edits and compiles proposals and annexes, ensuring consistency and quality of presentation.
  • Contributes to quarterly updates for leadership; analyzes new technical information, policy issues, and trends related to public sector funding, and advises teams accordingly.
  • Keeps abreast of relevant programmatic issues in areas in which WWF has an ongoing interest.
  • Oversees work of external consultants and interns as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Educational Background: 
A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in in a related field such as natural resources management, environmental science, international development, or conservation policy.  A graduate degree in a related field is preferred.
  • Position requires six years of related professional experience. An advanced degree may substitute for some years of experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technical proposal development for U.S. Government funding agencies (particularly USAID, USFWS and USDOS) is required.
  • Excellent facilitation and organizational skills, and attention to detail are required. Must also have Excellent research and writing skills.

Organization Info

World Wildlife Fund

Washington, DC, United States
About Us

For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world's leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally.

WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.


WWF works to: 

  • Conserve the world's most important forests to sustain nature's diversity, benefit our climate, and support human well-being
  • Safeguard healthy oceans and marine livelihoods
  • Secure water for people and nature
  • Protect the worlds most important species
  • Drive sustainable food systems to conserve nature and feed humanity
  • Create a climate-resilient and zero-carbon world, powered by renewable energy

These things are not just “nice to have". . . they are “need to haves." They are the things that make it possible for us to live. And so, to ensure our very survival, they must be kept safe.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Aug 12 2019
Active Until: 
Sep 12 2019
Hiring Organization: 
World Wildlife Fund