WWF-Hungary: International Project Coordinator, Merlin

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT COORDINATOR (4-year, full-time, based in Budapest) WWF is the world's largest conservation organization, founded in 1961. We’re active in over 100 countries and have over 7700 employees. WWF Central and Eastern Europe is responsible for leading and to a significant extent implementing WWF’s efforts to preserve, restore and sustainably manage the natural values of the Danube-Carpathian ecoregion, which we also call the Green Heart of Europe. With a team of 160 highly specialised professionals, we are working across political borders through an ecoregional approach based on model projects, influencing policy, networking, capacity building, communication and crisis response.

WWF-Hungary is seeking to recruit an experienced Project Coordinator to lead the policy-related work package of the Horizon 2020 “Merlin” Project, with budget volume close to EUR 1M and 8 partners from Europe. This is a limited, 4-year engagement.
The aim of the project is to build multi-stakeholder, multi-sector policies and knowledge sharing processes at the national and EU level, to showcase how restoration can be mainstreamed through non-environmental  public  policy  instruments. The key focus of the work package will be to ensure that nature-based water solutions are supported by representatives of selected sectors (agriculture, insurance, water supply and navigation), working together with players of these sectors who are partners of MERLIN.


  • Lead the project team, with the responsibility of project progress, performance, operation, quality control, risk management, contingency planning, knowledge exchange and communication.
  • Coordinate the Work Package 4 part (responsibility of WWF-Hungary, in co-lead with James Hutton Institute), steer the activities where WWF-Hungary is involved, including active participation in the meetings of relevant working groups
  • Lead the coordination of all the other work packages where WWF-Hungary is partner
  • Work closely together with field experts from within WWF-Hungary, as well as external, as relevant
  • Maintain contact with the lead partner and ensure that all partners contribute to activities relevant to WWF-Hungary
  • Coordinate the work of other WWF offices that are involved in the MERLIN project (WWF-Hungary, WWF-Romania, ‘Living European Rivers’ initiative, WWF-Adria)
  • Participate in project consortium meetings, organize stakeholder meetings and workshops
  • Lead the monitoring, internal evaluation and learning processes
  • Lead the technical and financial reporting, as well as the development of the follow up project plan (including implementation of the WP4 final outcomes)
  • Ensure the work progress and project results of WWF-Hungary are communicated and via relevant communication channels


  • At least 7 years of work experience in the field of water- or environment-related EU projects and/or policy work
  • University degree or post-graduate degree, preferably in the field of conservation, environment, or water science
  • Strategic planning and thinking
  • Good communication skills and capacity to synthesize
  • Stakeholder engagement capacity: outgoing person, open-minded, diplomatic, able to establish relationship with various sectors and partners
  • Well organized, proactive person, with a can-do attitude; self-starter, quick learner, and good team player
  • Ability to multitasking and working under time pressure
  • Expertise in the field of EU freshwater policy, nature-based solutions, freshwater-related value chains and markets (especially in agriculture, water supply, navigation and insurance sectors) is a strong asset
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, Hungarian is an asset
  • Excellent networker, with good organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Passion and dedication to WWF’s mission and environmental protection
  • Alignment with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect and Collaboration.

We offer:

  • Opportunity to make a difference for EU living rivers and in the CEE region as part of the WWF team;
  • Friendly and highly professional working atmosphere in an international context and a great learning environment;
  • Independent work style; with the full possibility of home office
  • Salary according to NGO standards. Indicative budget - EUR 1800 gross per month.
If you are interested in joining our team, send your CV and cover letter stating your interest in this position (in English) at allas@wwf.hu no later than 13th December 2021. Please understand that we can only reply to short-listed candidates.
For more information about WWF-Hungary kindly check the website: https://wwf.hu/en/kezdooldal/
For more information about MERLIN project visit it on the web: https://project-merlin.eu/