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Corporate Engagement Manager

At Wetlands International, we work to conserve and restore diverse wetland systems in all parts of the
world, including mangroves, peatlands, and freshwater wetlands.

Our Coasts and Deltas team is developing a diverse and rapidly expanding portfolio of projects and
programmes on a global scale. To bring our work to scale we co-founded leading partnerships including the Global Mangrove Alliance, the Mangrove Breakthrough and the World Coastal Forum. Our work is rooted in science: our innovative platforms such as Global Mangrove Watch inform policy and inspire action on the ground.

Partnerships with the private sector are an important cornerstone of our work. In recent years, guided
by our corporate engagement strategy, we established ambitious collaborations with leading companies from across various disciplines. We also became an active member of the public-private
Building with Nature consortium, coordinated by Ecoshape. The aim of these partnerships is to help
our corporate partners integrate nature-based solutions in their business. Most of our partnerships
focus on enhancing sustainability performance of the marine and water engineering sector. Increasingly, we also work with corporates involved in production and trade of commodities (shrimp,
rice, oil palm) that are grown in wetland environments.

As Corporate Engagement Manager, you will play a crucial role in driving these exciting corporate
partnerships. You will maintain and develop corporate relations, oversee partnership development
and implementation and contribute your technical expertise in implementing joint initiatives.

Responsibilities (and estimated % of your time):

● Ensure effective collaboration and ambassadorship within the public private Building with Nature consortium, coordinated by the Ecoshape consortium; in the context of this partnership, design and implement international public-private initiatives that aim to promote adoption of nature-based solutions at scale (30%).
● Manage two high-profile corporate partnerships with partners involved in coastal engineering,
by maintaining partner relations, ensuring partnership development, overseeing joint project implementation and contributing technical expertise (30-50%).
● Scope opportunities for the development of new corporate partnerships relevant to the scope
of work of Wetlands International (10-20%).
● Represent Wetlands International in key private sector driven networks such as the World
Economic Forum, WBCSD, PIANC and IADC (10-20%).

Job Offer

● 32-36 hours per week.
● Gross salary max. EUR 6.048,- excl. 8% holiday pay, based on full time (36h – 5 days).
● Contract duration: One year, with expectation of extension.
● Location: Global Office in Ede- Wageningen, The Netherlands (2 days/week).


You possess an excellent understanding of the priorities and needs of the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, including their environmental performance considerations. With your experience of working across different cultures, you are adept at navigating diverse contexts and managing sensitive partnerships.

With a background in engineering, ecology, or earth science, you bring a good understanding of Nature-based Solutions (NBS) to the table. You connect strategic vision with practical implementation
on the ground, bridging the gap between ideas and tangible outcomes. You approach challenges with
a structured mindset, allowing you to analyse situations and develop well-grounded solutions. You rely
on hard data to support your assertions, presenting information in a compelling manner that resonates with investors and stakeholders alike.

Overall, you bring a unique combination of energy, expertise, diplomacy, analytical thinking, and a
structured work approach. Your ability to link strategic vision with practical implementation, backed
by a strong international network, positions you as an influential advocate for NBS and a catalyst for
positive change in the environmental field.

Skills and experience

● M.Sc. degree or higher in a relevant scientific discipline.
● Minimum 7 years in an international multistakeholder context, with coalition building experience and a proven track record of public-private collaboration.
● Strategic programme development and project management.
● Outstanding written and verbal communication, excellent written English. Additional languages, especially Dutch and French, are advantageous.
● Good knowledge of ecosystem and natural resources management.
● Demonstrable leadership skills in empowering and inspiring your team members.

How to apply

Please send a 2-page CV and motivation letter to Jozefa van der Veen, HR Officer to [email protected] no later than 8 March 2024, with the subject: “Application – Corporate Engagement Manager”.

In this procedure we work with Sustainability Works. Please feel free to contact [email protected], should you have any questions.

First round video call interviews will take place on 18 March 2024; second round on 21 March (office).