Policy Specialist

Establish Low Carbon Consumption and Production in the Philippines

May 5, 2017

Location: Based in Metro Manila, Philippines with travel to local key tourism destination cities

Working with: National government agencies, city governments in key tourism destination cities, the National Ecolabelling Programme, and other stakeholders


Tourism is a burgeoning industry in the Philippines, with growth rates of 10% in tourist arrivals and 15% in visitor expenditures. Further, tourism contributes to 5% of global carbon emissions, and is seen to increase by 150% between 2005 and 2035 if no mitigation measures are taken. The Philippine food service sector, a key link in the tourism value chain, amounts to 4.3 billion USD, with restaurants comprising 87% of the food service sector in the Philippines. Wasted food may represent as much as 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is a main contributor to deforestation and the depletion of global water sources.

WWF is anticipating a forthcoming 3-year Project, Establish Low Carbon Consumption and Production in the Philippines with a focus on transforming foodservice, particularly dining establishments in key tourism destination cities around the country, into a low carbon industry.

The Role:

The Policy Specialist is under the direct supervision of the Project Manager under the Climate Change and Energy Programme of WWF Philippines, and is primarily responsible for delivering Output I of the Philippine Work Package under Establish Low Carbon Consumption and Production.

  1. Planning and implementation. Provides inputs to the preparation of periodic work and financial plans in cooperation with the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development (PCEPSDI) and the Project team, and troubleshoots and adjusts said plans as necessary.
  2. Reporting. Prepares Project updates on Output components to comply with reporting requirements to internal and external users, i.e. the donor and WWF international network, in the form of project, financial and technical progress reports, in close cooperation with the Project team.
  3. National Ecolabelling Programme support. Primary WWF focal person to Project partner, PCEPSDI – national administrator of the National Ecolabelling Programme-Green Choice Philippines – provides technical support in the drafting and perfection of contractual arrangements made by the Center with third party entities / consultants, and coordinates, participates in, and monitors the execution of all Project and Project-related activities and use of resources with the Center.
  4. National and local policy development. Prepares policy briefs inventorying relevant sustainable consumption and production-related policies with a focus on foodservice in the tourism sector, including food waste, with recommendations for the integration of low carbon principles. Contributes to local and national policy development by drafting technical briefs and policy instruments, e.g. model legislation for adoption by city governments, inputs to national legislative processes, and engaging in multi-stakeholder dialogue.
  5. Government engagement. Primary WWF focal person to interface with national government agencies, city governments, and their officials for the conduct of Project activities, to gain their inputs and feedback on relevant Project outputs and knowledge products, and to lobby for practical application of recommendations and optimize said Project outputs and knowledge products in the public sphere through appropriate policy and programme planning fora.
  6. Representation. Represents WWF Philippines at stakeholder assemblies, including steering committee meetings, as well as trainings, conferences, and various related fora, internal and external.
  7. Knowledge management and input. Keeps abreast with food-related local, national, and international policy development, technical information, and issues in which WWF has or may have an interest, and trends related to the Project. Participates in WWF international network and provides inputs to global strategy development.
  8. Administrative. Processes related cash payments, submits regular liquidation reports and progress billing of PCEPSDI with Finance unit, prepares minutes of meetings, coordinates and arranges workshops, round table discussions, and travel of WWF staff with PCEPSDI and stakeholders for Output I-related activities, review workshop proceedings, etc.
  9. Progress monitoring. Develops and updates monitoring tool relevant to this role, with accomplished activities, indicators and milestones, for verification by the Project Manager and the Project Development unit.


  • Bachelor's degree in political science, public administration, legal management, communications, resource economics, resource management, environmental policy, business or hospitality management is an advantage; one to two (1-2) years of progressively responsible work experience in a related industry will be considered in lieu of educational background.
  • Sophomore underbar candidates are encouraged to apply
  • One to two (1-2) years of progressively responsible work experience
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of climate change, resource use efficiency, food waste reduction and recovery strategies
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Effective communicator with strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure, possibly across cultures and time zones

As an equal employment opportunity employer, WWF does not discriminate based on an applicant’s race, religion, sex, gender, or disability status. To reduce use of paper, submissions by mail will not be accepted. Due to the high volume of applications, inquiries via phone cannot be accepted.

To apply, submit a cover letter, and your resume of no more than two (2) pages, by electronic mail to apply@wwf.org.ph with subject line: "SCP_PS_[first name initial_middle name initial_full last name]" no later than 31 May 2017. 


We would love to hear from you! Feel free to contact us through any of the details listed below.

WWF–Philippines Headquarters

4th Floor JBD Plaza #65 Mindanao Ave.
Barangay Bagong Pag-asa,
Quezon City 1105 Philippines

Tel: +632 920 7923 / 7926 / 7931
Fax: +632 426 3927
Email: kkp@wwf.org.ph