Open Position: Mexico Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) Lead

Posted on
20 enero 2023

Job title: Mexico Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) Lead

Reports to: WWF Mexico’s Impact in Conservation Director for administrative purposes (and functionally to both WWF Mexico’s Impact in Conservation Director (ICD) and the Earth for Life Focal Point for the purposes of developing and closing the Yucatán State PFP transaction)

Revised Date: January

We are looking to hire a passionate, creative, and dedicated professional, always willing to push the boundaries, a great team player and overall, a good human being, who understands and appreciates the value of leading by example.
We are driven by the WWF Core Values:
  • COURAGE: We demonstrate courage through our actions, we work for change where it’s needed, and we inspire people and institutions to tackle the greatest threats to nature and the future of the planet, which is our home.
  • INTEGRITY: We live the principles we call on others to meet. We act with integrity, accountability, and transparency, and we rely on facts and science to guide us and to ensure that we learn and evolve.
  • RESPECT: We honor the voices and knowledge of people and communities that we serve, and we work to secure their rights to a sustainable future.
  • COLLABORATION: We deliver impact at the scale of the challenges we face through the power of collective action and innovation.
I. Main Function
The PFP Lead will act as the lead for the Yucatán State PFP deal team and ensure that all actions necessary to develop the PFP, as well as the final agreement are aligned with key stakeholders in Mexico, including Yucatan State Government, international investors, civil society, and local communities. S/He is the owner of the agreement closing and disbursement conditions, and thus responsible for developing a transaction acceptable to all parties. Ultimately, the PFP Lead is responsible for delivering successful closing of a Yucatán PFP by November, 2024. The PFP Lead reports to the WWF Mexico ICD for administrative purposes and to both the WWF ICD Earth for Life (EFL) Focal Point[1] for the purposes of developing and closing the PFP deal.
II. Key responsibilities:
Coordination of PFP Deal Team:
1.   Oversees implementation of the PFP Deal workplan with the support of a professional facilitator to drive timely implementation by leading regular team meetings, identifying and following up on deliverables and addressing obstacles;
2.   Coordinates workplan follow-up with professional project management support;
3.   Manages the budget for the PFP development phase;
4.   Maintains effective communication amongst PFP team members and relevant stakeholders; reviews and provides input on team’s work products and deliverables;
5.   Facilitates technical expertise and consultancies as required by team

Liaison between PFP Deal Team and EFL Focal Point and the WWF ICD:
6.   Keeps the EFL focal point and the WWF ICD informed about progress and challenges;
7.   Elevates issues/obstacles as needed jointly to WWF ICD and EFL Focal Point for resolution or intervention by WWF senior management;
8.   Works jointly with EFL Focal Point and WWF ICD to gain their approval of major decisions and key documents regarding the PFP – including staffing of deal team positions, MOUs, conservation plan, financial model, the definition of closing conditions, and determination that they are met, funding proposals, the definition of disbursement conditions, operating manual, and closing agreements.
Owner of Closing Conditions of Deal:
9.   Uses judgment and experience to recommend jointly to WWF ICD and EFL Focal Point when agreed upon closing conditions should be modified.
10. Uses judgment and experience to recommend jointly to WWF ICD and EFL Focal Point when the closing conditions have in aggregate, been satisfied and deal should move to closing.
Communications & Fundraising:
11. Oversees the preparation of briefing materials and internal communication on the PFP;
12. Provides guidance to communicators on the content of internal and external communications;
13. Specifically engages with state and national stakeholders during PFP development phase and communicates transparently;
14. Oversees the preparation of proposals and fundraising materials for PFP development costs and capitalization for donors, as required, each in coordination with the fundraising specialist on the Deal Team;
15. Provides status updates to internal fundraising and donor stewardship teams on a regular basis and as requested by them;
16. Contributes to successful stewardship of donor investments/grants through the preparation of grant reports and other required donor communications.
17. Identify and catalyze opportunities to promote the PFP model in other states.
Lessons Learned:
18. Identifies and shares lessons learned with EFL Team to improve other PFP projects;
19. Engages with the broader PFP and conservation finance community as opportunities arise to benefit from and contribute to the growing body of experiences and lessons learned regarding PFPs.
III.     Minimum Qualifications
  • Citizen of Mexico or from another country with residence and working permit in Mexico.
Education and Experience
  • A Bachelor’s or Master's degree in a relevant field such as biological sciences, natural resources management, social science, business administration, economics, or international development is preferred.
  • Position requires five to ten years of experience in relevant professional fields, which can be focused on development or natural resources or economics with demonstrated success in developing and managing complex projects and teams;
  • Extensive work experience in Mexico, preferably in the Yucatán Peninsula, is necessary.
  • Project management experience (minimum five years)
  • Knowledge of WWF planning and reporting procedures, standards, and fund-raising processes are added value.
Skills and Abilities
  • Proven ability, experience, and inter-personal skill in networking with governments, international organizations, the private sector, donors, and stakeholders is required;
  • Proven diplomatic skills and a desire to work in multicultural and national frameworks;
  • Comfort working in a dynamic environment in which priorities can change rapidly;
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills;
  • Positive attitude and ability to inspire others;
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of complex technical information and communicate that to diverse audiences (donors, external partners, internal stakeholders);
  • Flexibility and problem-solving skills are required;
  • Ability to analyze, prioritize, complete work with minimal supervision, and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to facilitate the work of others, take initiative, use independent judgment, and work effectively as the member of a team;
  • Ability to communicate fluently in Spanish and English;
  • Ability to travel within Mexico and internationally (once it is safe enough to resume such travel).
  • Existing relationship with Yucatan stakeholders, especially state government, is an added value.·      
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.
The position could be based in Yucatan or Mexico City with a willingness to travel often and for extended periods. 

How to apply:
Please email your CV, 3 references and a cover letter setting out why do you want to work in WWF, how you meet the required skills, experience or key responsibilities, to with “PFP followed by your first name and surname” in the subject. The deadline for applying is February 03.
  • Esta descripción del trabajo cubre las tareas principales y el tipo de tareas que se anticipan de forma proactiva por parte del personal. Se pueden asignar otras tareas según las necesidades de la organización.
  • WWF se reserva el derecho de modificar las fechas tanto de entrevistas como del proceso de selección de candidatos y candidatas, atendiendo a las condiciones sanitarias y cuestiones internas de la organización. 

[1] The Earth for Life Focal Point is the Managing Counsel.