Coordinator – Social Safeguards

From 10 to 12 year(s) of experience
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Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

WWF India works towards the conservation of priority landscapes, seascapes, river basins and the biodiversity therein. WWF India also works towards reducing the ecological footprint of human activities, including from business & industry and agriculture. Most of our work involves close engagement with local communities living in the areas where we work.

In a changing and increasingly complex socio-economic scenario, gaps in wealth and social exclusion are increasing, and local social conflicts over natural resources are on the rise. These challenges, together with greater external uncertainties, call for new ways to think, engage and work towards more inclusive conservation. It is crucial to understand and include political, economic, and social dimensions into conservation planning, action and policy to help transform natural resource governance, production and consumption towards sustainability and equity.

WWF India recognizes the need to embrace socioeconomic, well-being and human rights issues as an integral part of its environmental agenda. As part of this, it is committed to applying the WWF network’s Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF).

These safeguard standards aim to improve our ways of working, prevent risks and avoid any harm to people when we implement our conservation programmes.

The role of the Coordinator - Social Safeguards is to help ensure compliance with WWF’s social policies and ESSF. The position will be based within WWF India’s Policy, Law and Governance Programme and requires working with WWF India’s field and programme teams to support internalisation of safeguard processes and embed them across all our place based work (land/river/sea). This requires a motivated team player with strong technical competency on social issues and safeguards.

Location: New Delhi

Job Profile:

  • Lead the application of ESSF as needed for relevant field programmes
  • Organise orientation and capacity building programmes for WWF staff and partners on ESSF
  • Analyse the social risks and possible impacts of new projects and activities and help to develop mitigation strategies where required
  • Assist in rolling out and managing the WWF India's Grievance Redressal Process and other relevant guidelines and policies
  • Interact with the WWF Regional and Global social safeguard teams on ESSF
  • Regularly monitor, assess, provide feedback on the application of ESSF

Desired Qualifications & Experience:

  • Master's in social science or a related field (e.g., Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, Social Development / Work, Development Studies / Policies )
  • At least 10 years of experience in social sustainability, social standards / safeguards and/or social development strategies; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working in complex and challenging settings is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work across programmes and work in cross-thematic teams is essential.

Desired Skills:

  • Strong analytical skills, practical experience with participatory processes of stakeholder engagement
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, communication and team skills, and ability to think innovatively and strategically to find balanced solutions to complex development problems.
  • Fluency in English and Hindi. Good communications and writing skills in English are essential.


Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Industry:NGO / Social Services / Industry Associations

Functional AreaOther

Role CategoryOther

Employment Type:Full Time, Permanent


UG:Any Graduate

PG:M.A in Anthropology, Sociology,MS/M.Sc(Science) in Anthropology, 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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