Technical Manager: Science Based CLimate Targets

  • WWF-SA
  • Newlands, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Nov 27, 2019
Contract Science & Research

Job Description


WWF is the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organisation, with over 6 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
WWF South Africa is a national office that is part of the WWF network. We are a local NGO that has worked for 50 years with the aim of inspiring all South Africans to live in harmony with nature, for the benefit of our country and the wellbeing of all our people. WWF's work is for nature, for you.
Our work is challenging and exciting and we love what we do. To join our team you need to be brilliant at what you do, passionate, results-orientated and have a positive attitude.


The Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) is the most prominent platform driving ambitious climate action in the private sector. The SBTi champions science-based target (SBT) setting, i.e. setting targets that align companies' actions with the goals of the Paris Agreement, as a powerful way to catalyse ambitious climate action and prevent the worst impacts of climate change. The global initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Since the SBTi was launched in 2015, the partnership has been able to collectively drive an incredible momentum in the adoption of science-based targets, with over 680 of the world's most impactful companies setting or committed to set science-based targets.
WWF is seeking a technical manager to lead the development of strategic research and technical development projects within the SBTi. The focus of the role will be developing thought leadership and pragmatic solutions to enable companies to set robust value chain (scope 3) GHG emissions targets that align with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Internationally, the senior technical manager is a key member of WWF's global climate business hub team and part of the technical working group of the Science Based Targets initiative. Locally, the senior technical manager will also support WWF SA's climate change program with technical and scientific expertise.
The Senior Technical Manager will be responsible for leading and supporting research and development projects in the SBTi's technical working group and contribute to WWF's Climate and Energy Practice and WWF South Africa's work on economic dynamics and climate change. The Senior Technical Manager Science Based Climate Targets will report to the WWF Lead for Science Based Targets internationally and locally to the Policy & Futures Unit Head and will be based at the WWF South Africa office in Newlands, Cape Town.
More specifically, the Senior Technical Manager will be required to:
1.Lead the SBTi's research and development efforts to review and evolve its approach to value chain (scope 3) GHG target-setting;
2.Conduct research to help translate the latest climate science into knowledge products and resources (e.g. methods, tools, briefings) to support the adoption of science-based GHG emission reduction targets in the corporate sector;
3.Develop sector-specific knowledge to help contextualise the adoption of science-based targets in key sectors based on suitable scenarios, science-based target setting methods and decarbonisation roadmaps;
4.Ensure that the target-setting resources developed by the SBTi (e.g. reports, manuals, tools) remain up-to-date and in line with the latest science;
5.Support with technical queries around science-based target setting;
6.Support with the development and update of criteria and protocols to assess corporate targets against long-term temperature goals;
7.Support with internal and external knowledge-sharing and capacity building activities, locally in South Africa and internationally, to enable the adoption of science-based targets by companies and across strategic sectors;
8.Support with conservation activities of the WWF Climate and Energy Practice as required.


  • Degree in climate science, environmental science, engineering, economics, business administration or a related field is required. Master's degree is preferred.
  • The candidate should have a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Strong technical background, with experience in climate science and corporate GHG accounting highly desirable; experience in LCA analysis an asset
  • Demonstrable understanding of strategy development and decision-making in a private sector setting, ideally in the context of environmental sustainability and/or supply chain management;
  • Excellent and demonstrable technical, research, and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrable project management experience;
  • Strong writing and presentation skills;
  • A demonstrated ability to work in a group with different cultural contexts and independently with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to convey complex environmental and technical issues in a clear and concise way to diverse audiences;
  • A strong command of English as a working language is essential: written and spoken capability in at least one other official South African language is desirable;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Capacity to be assertive and take initiative when appropriate
  • Ability to work flexible work hours due to the international nature of the work;
  • A willingness to travel widely and frequently, locally in South Africa and internationally;
  • Strong track record and network
The successful candidate must be a South African citizen or able to work legally in South Africa.
Further Information:
To apply please click here and create or update your profile, and attach a detailed CV with a covering letter under the "Documents" section of your profile, fully motivating why you should be appointed. Please make sure you upload your CV and cover letter as one document (pdf/doc). Make sure you have names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references on your CV. Applications close on 05 January 2020
Applications sent via email will not be considered.
WWF seeks to promote diversity among its staff. Candidates who have not received a response within three weeks of the closing date are kindly requested to assume that their application has not been successful in this instance. WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.

Application Deadline

Jan 05, 2020