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Regional Plastics Policy Advisor for Latin America

World Wildlife Fund
Washington, DC 20001
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Regional Plastics Policy Advisor for Latin America

Type: Limited Term - Full Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: LAC Secretariat
WWF Washington, DC


2020 is an important year for WWFs global advocacy work. A new biodiversity framework, revision of a number of SDG targets, goals of a nature emergency declaration, possible finalization of a treaty on biodiversity in the high seas, increased pressure on climate action and the opportunity for building the global momentum needed to secure a negotiation mandate for a new treaty on marine plastic pollution. In order to deliver on WWFs overall global ambition for 2020 and create the necessary global support to get negotiations on a new treaty started, strategic planning of global actions is needed.

When WWF started engaging in global plastic policy work two years ago, a global approach to solving this problem with a focus on stopping leakage was perceived by many as controversial. WWF was among the first organisations suggesting that a new treaty was needed. Today a wide majority of governments support some form of a global level solution and 79 countries have expressed support or been positive to the idea of a new treaty. We have built the foundations of a global movement, but we need to make it broader and stronger in order to achieve our goals.

Global advocacy efforts need to be supplemented by national and regional efforts aiming at creating regional political declarations and high-level political buy in. WWF regional task forces need to be set up in all regions to identify main regional opportunities and coordinate between national offices. While work on this front has advanced significantly in Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, and lately also in Africa, WWF efforts in Latin America are latent.

Timing is of the essence and the May 4-8 UN ad-hoc open-ended expert group on marine litter and microplastics being hosted in Lima presents a significant opportunity for the region. With the recruitment of a Regional Plastics Policy Advisor for Latin America, the stage should be set towards WWF to rally LAC countries.

For 2020 the proposed objectives for the region would be to:

  • To achieved expressed public support by 2/3 of LAC
  • To of establish a group of dedicated governments actively engaging and mobilising the region.


  1. Policy development and advocacy
  • Identify needs and ensure production of, or adaptation of existing policy papers and other policy products relevant for driving the global policy agenda in the region.
  • Contribute to developing the arguments for a global policy solution to the plastic pollution crisis at a global level and ensure perspectives from the region are represented.
  • Contribute to developing policies that create the links between global, regional and national policy asks with a view to make the three levels reinforce each other.

1.1 Deliverables:

  • briefing paper on current initiatives at the regional level, carried out in coordination with designated regional focal persons.
  • contribution to a briefing paper on regional perspective on a global policy solution elaborating on level of interest and directions, recommended priority actions under a global solution, perceived benefits of such solution, costs of doing nothing, as may be agreed by regional policy core team .
  • Outreach strategy developed with core team to engage particularly skeptical countries in the region (Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia), as well as those on the fence (Guatemala and Mexico).

  1. Regional coordination and overview
  • Act as the regional focal point in meetings organized by the network. Report back to LAC conservation and policy cabinets
  • Establish and develop contacts with relevant authorities in the region, involve, mobilise and brief these in and for relevant global negotiations.
  • Keep a good overview of policy trends and contacts in LAC, effectively leverage these contacts for regional and global goals and contribute to the coordination between country offices in the region.
  • Contribute to delivery of the global plastic policy objectives and execution of the global plastic policy strategy in the region through coordinating and following up with national offices, through their designated focal persons.
  • Having the overview of and identifying policy opportunities in the region.
  • Liaising with national WWF offices in the region, through their designated focal persons, to ensure good communication flow between the global policy team and national offices.
  • Facilitate national advocacy efforts for global, regional and national policy asks and together with other relevant offices in the region, build an efficient system for regional coordination with clear responsibilities and where all offices can make a substantial contribution to driving global and national policy priorities forwards.
  • Together with other offices in the region, contribute to creating a good working relationship between offices in the region on plastic policy and facilitate sharing of good practices and lessons learned.

2.1 Deliverables:

  • co-leading regional policy and campaign core team to drive global and national policy priorities forward
    1. regular check-in calls for coordination and sharing for LAC (at least once a month)
  • concept note for Alianza del Pacfico, CEPAL, APEC, SICA, Mercosur, and others to advance global policy asks
  • status and progress reports on WWF offices in the region and their global, national and sub-national policy work and their link to each other, as input to global policy work through regular policy core team meetings
  1. Technical lead on Global Ghost Gear and LAC rep for global policy team
  • Participate in the WWF delegation at global meetings as agreed with global plastic policy manager.
  • Particular responsibility for reaching out to and keeping good contacts with government officials and delegations from Latin America at these meetings and coordinate with national offices and other delegation members from the region to ensure a well-coordinated WWF approach.
  • Lead on ghost gear policy asks development and responsibilities for the global policy team as agreed with global plastic policy manager and relevant national and regional offices.
  • Technical focal point and lead for the ghost gear campaign spike.

3.1 Deliverables:

  • overview document on global meetings/fora for internal use, as agreed with global plastic policy manager
  • contact list of government officials and delegations from Latin America at global meetings, as coordinated with national offices


Skills and Abilities

  • A higher degree in conservation, political, social or natural science, or a related field.
  • Experience in plastics-related circular economy, waste management, environmental quality, natural resources conservation, or related fields.
  • Good knowledge of the region, experience in international working
  • Capacity to travel at least 20% of the time
  • Ability to work effectively with governments.
  • Proven capacity to build teams, teamwork and deliver a team approach.
  • Strong knowledge of the countrys political context and a current network of contacts in- country.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in Spanish and English is required. Portuguese desirable.

Important note: This position is a Limited Term 1 year position and could be based in any country of LAC.

Posted: 2020-11-06 Expires: 2020-12-07

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