Position: Innovation Catalyst (Panda Labs Taskforce - Volunteer) | WWF

Position: Innovation Catalyst (Panda Labs Taskforce - Volunteer)

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20 marzo 2021


● Support the organization and coordination of the Regional A-Team by articulating innovation  goals and identifying key needs; ensure these connect to the the regional and its country office’s  strategy and contribute to broader WWF conservation goals. 
● Develop a regional actionable plan to build the skills needed to achieve local innovation goals,  including accessing internal capacity building opportunities, tailored coaching, and connecting  with partners.
● Support the replication of Innovation efforts that have been carried out by offices to support the  actionable plan in building capacity.
● Guide and assist regional hubs to ‘map’ a regional innovation ecosystem; identify key potential  partners and facilitate connections. 
● Help develop resources and materials that describe local Panda Labs work and opportunities,  that can be used to attract additional resources and/or form new partnerships.
● As needed, connect the team to available relevant resources on innovation and processes such  as Design Thinking, and other tools that can be used to guide the development of innovative  solutions. 
● Understand and support regional ‘solution’ development goals, and provide coaching to assist  the team to co-create solution(s), including: ideation with the ‘right’ partners at the table,  conducting empathy work, developing and testing ‘minimum viable product’ (MVP) and  prototypes, validating solutions and business plans. 
● Backstop: help ‘think through’ solution development goals, articulate needs, and seek support.
● Promote a ‘networking’ and ‘partnership’ approach to solving challenges and seeking support;  forming strategic alliances with key allies. 
● Support in networking and pursuing opportunities to connect with potential partners in the local  innovation ecosystem, and/or around the particular solution-challenge topic area.
● Catalyze local innovation to develop solutions, with your enthusiasm, fresh perspective and  support - help the local team as they launch their local innovation journey, to develop solutions to  top local conservation challenges! 


● Degree in relevant field (e.g.: entrepreneurship, innovation, business, technology, marketing,  conservation, design or other related field)
● Innovation background / experience with Design Thinking and Partnership Development,  action-based learning and innovation processes, rapid prototyping, emerging technologies,  market research, business modelling, project management, lean startup or social  entrepreneurship;
● Ability to inspire, excite and engage people in experimentation and unleashing their potential to  innovate. This is your next mission.
● Networking and partnership mindset and demonstrated ability to support collaborative action.
● Open to work in a virtual, global team that is still locally rooted; working on specific problems but  still connecting the dots.
● Interest to work with entrepreneurs, partners, NGOs and other stakeholders, understanding their  needs and creating opportunities for collaboration.
● Flexibility - able to adapt, operate with uncertainty, and ‘do what it takes’ to get work done.
● Self-reliant + passionate to tackle environmental challenges; and excited to do so!
● Basic computer skills and technical ability to use Word / Excel / Gdrive programs.
● Excellent written and verbal communication in English and Spanish.

Ideal Qualifications

● Fluency in Spanish and English
● Professional communication styles; excellent writer and communicator, able to adapt to  audiences
● (Virtual) public speaking skills and presentations may be required;
● Enthusiastic and a self-starter, enjoys working with people, positive and flexible attitude, and problem-solving/ critical thinking skills;
● Able to work remotely with different cultures and on simultaneous projects;
● Time management and task prioritization is required


If you are interested, please send your CV and your motivation letter to yvp@wwfint.org by the 25th of March.