First listed on: 12 March 2018

Coral Reef High Impact Initiative Manager

Use your expertise to protect and restore ocean health so that it supports the lives of billions.

  • Join one of the world's largest and most respected conservation organisations
  • Brisbane Office pref. other locations neg.
  • Full time 3-year contract

The world has already lost half of its coral reefs, and in only 30 years.  Scientists project that by 2050, only about 10% of coral reefs will survive. At risk are the livelihoods and food security of hundreds of millions of people, a quarter of the ocean’s fish species and a trillion-dollar asset. 

The decline is the result of extensive local pressures resulting from overexploitation and pollution, together with rapid ocean warming and consequent coral bleaching. This emergency for the planet’s biodiversity could soon become a humanitarian crisis.

The Coral Reef High Impact Initiative is an ambitious, global, high-profile initiative to catalyse concern about the consequences of coral reef loss, and channel the concern into tangible, proven on-ground solutions that attract considerable financial and political support.  The Coral Reef High Impact Initiative will demonstrate how innovative approaches can rapidly remove local threats to reefs in five WWF priority areas and build on this to ensure funding and capacity to rapidly scale up.

About the role

The Coral Reef High Impact Initiative Manager undertakes the strategic development and day to day implementation of the Coral Reef High Impact Initiative (HII) including managing engagement with partners, donors and internal stakeholders across a range of practices. The role drives policy, funding and the on-ground delivery of Coral Reef HII and documents the impacts and scaling of interventions.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Advanced degree in environment science, public affairs, or a related field, or equivalent work experience;
  • A thorough understanding of the environment/development interface.
  • Significant experience in a management function, with demonstrated success of leading geographically dispersed/culturally diverse teams, through high performance teamworking, where there is no direct line management relationship.
  • Experience of working in an international environment, preferably in an NGO or community-based organisation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills (English - and other relevant language/s an advantage).
  • Project management experience with large regional or global projects and ability to develop site specific projects with internal and external partners.
  • Experience in setting strategic and communications direction and coordinating communications push (campaign type approach).
  • Proven fundraising track record and securing a pipeline of investments.
  • Ability to implement an impact monitoring, evaluation and learning framework.


WWF values diversity and is building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. WWF is an equal opportunity employer and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Applicants are encouraged to review the Job Description and can apply via  Please include the following two attachments: (1) a cover letter/statements against the selection criteria and (2) your resume (CV), including two referees. Only those applicants applying online via the eRecruitment System will be considered.

Please note the closing date has now been extended to cob 5pm 13 April 2018.

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