Protected Area Management Lead (SA2 Lead), USAID Biodiversity Conservation

Location: Ha Noi, Hue or Tam Ky

Want to make a positive difference to the future of people and our one shared home - the Earth? Working at WWF could be your opportunity of a lifetime.

All around the world, people are waking up to the deepening crisis of nature loss. A growing realization that nature is our life-support system. And that nobody will be spared from the impacts of its loss. Here at WWF, we are helping to tackle this enormous global challenge.

Our people come from hugely diverse backgrounds and with a variety of expertise, ranging from HR and Finance to Advocacy and Conservation science. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can help us create a better future for people and wildlife.

What we do

We are an independent conservation organization, striving to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030. Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainably.

WWF was one of the first International non-government organizations working in Viet Nam. In 1985, WWF began working on a national conservation strategy and since then has worked closely with the Vietnamese Government on a diverse range of environmental issues and implemented field activities across the country. Find out more at

WWF recognizes that its employees are its most important asset. A competent workforce, thoroughly trained, properly motivated, and bound together by mutual trust and common objectives is crucial to the success of WWF. WWF was one of the first International non-government organizations working in Viet Nam.

WWF seeks an exceptional individual with expertise in protected area management to lead the largest component of the 5-year USAID Biodiversity Conservation project in Viet Nam. This is a unique opportunity for a highly experienced conservation professional to raise the standard of management effectiveness in 21 protected areas in the globally important Central Annamites of Viet Nam. You will lead the delivery of a large program of work in close collaboration with government agencies at the site, provincial, and central level. You are a team player with previous experience in Viet Nam, or at least in SE Asia, and have extensive experience in leading PA management projects and knowledge of global best practice. An excellent communicator, you also know how to get things done in a way that fits with the local cultural and political context.

This position is open to both national and international candidates.

Vietnam is recognized as one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. However, decades of illegal logging, wildlife poaching and trade and agricultural expansion, have led to losses of natural forests and wildlife, and several species are on the brink of extinction. To secure the remaining intact forests and wildlife populations in Vietnam, we need new approaches to address those problems in Special-use Forests (SUF) and Protection Forests (PF) - the backbone of Vietnam’s protected forest system.

The USAID Biodiversity Conservation Activity (BCA) is a 5-year project, started in 2020, and aims to maintain and increase forest quality, and protect and stabilize wildlife populations in five high conservation value provinces (Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, TT Hue, and Lam Dong), plus Vu Quang and Cuc Phuong National Parks – in total, 21 protected areas are supported. USAID BCA is the single largest ever investment in biodiversity conservation in Vietnam.


  • Higher degree in conservation-related field or natural resource governance/law enforcement.
  • At least 10 years of applied working experience in protected area management, governance, and law enforcement mechanisms, preferably inside and outside of Vietnam.
  • Deep understanding on the application of systems in protected area planning, protection, performance monitoring, reporting, and adaptive management, (e.g. Sustainable Forest Management Planning (PA), IUCN Greenlist, SMART, COPS, METT).
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Collaboration, Respect & Integrity.
  • Demonstrates WWF behaviors in ways of working: strive for impact, listen deeply, collaborate openly, and innovate fearlessly. 

How to apply:

  • The detailed JD is attached. Send us your curriculum vitae & cover letter in English, naming each file: “Full name - CV/CL”.
  • For external candidates, please send your applications to [email protected] stating in the subject line: SA2 Lead (USAID BCA) - Full name  

The deadline is December 20th, 2022

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

“WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.”

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Ha Noi, Hue or Tam Ky
Application Deadline: 
Tue, 2022-12-20