Make an impact as Program Advisor

Do you want to work together with inspired colleagues to create a world in which nature and people thrive? And contribute to the conservation of coastal systems and iconic ocean creatures? That is what you will do when you work at WWF-Netherlands (WWF-NL) for the Dutch Caribbean program.


WWF-NL has worked on conservation in the Dutch Caribbean for decades. The WWF-NL Dutch Caribbean strategy (2024-2027) revolves around two goals: Preserve the coastal ecosystems and make them resilient to the impact of climate change and make the Wider Caribbean a safe haven for flagship species. Our toolbox contains several different approaches ranging from direct financial support to joint advocacy as well as implementation of projects on the ground.

Program Advisor Dutch Caribbean Program

(32-40 hours)

The Program Advisor will report to the Program manager and head of International Landscapes Team.


This assignment will take place in the Dutch Caribbean and will be largely ocean focused with an integrated approach that incorporates land-based stressors and activities. The stakeholders that will be involved in the projects include local, regional, and national policy makers, local, regional, and national NGOS, politicians, WWF-NL staff, park management organizations, and other related stakeholders.

Role & responsibilities 

A limited number of projects are pre-assigned to the consultant. Ad hoc project support will be added to the consultant’s portfolio in mutual agreement. The advisor will support on a selected number of activities in the WWF-NL Dutch Caribbean workplan, and might be leading on for example the following dossiers:

  • Lead, set up and oversee habitat and species restoration projects in collaboration with partner organizations
  • Assist in (local) advocacy for improving regulations that reduce threats to coastal ecosystems, e.g. expansion of MPAs, coastal development, pollution
  • Promote Nature Based solutions (NbS) to climate adaptation and spatial planning and assist in advocacy for climate adaptation and conservation in the Dutch Caribbean.
  • Furthermore, the program advisor will provide assistance with the implementation of the general Dutch Caribbean strategic plan on the Dutch Caribbean islands.


Profile of the ideal candidate

We are looking for a mid-career professional with a background in nature conservation, environmental policy, law, and/or marine biology. We are looking for someone who can work independently but also closely with the team, be proactive and work on several projects at the same time and is motivated to work in an international and dynamic team.

The program advisor should be a great networker and understand as well as work with local, regional, and national policy makers and politicians to further the implementation of WWF-NL’s goals. This requires the program advisor to have a good understanding of, and existing network in the Dutch Caribbean as well as the policy landscape of the European part of The Netherlands and they should have a passion for nature in general.

They should have strong project management capabilities, as well as be able to keep eye on the bigger picture. The candidate should be a great collaborator and coordinator, able to work in a multi-cultural setting. Previous experience in regional/international settings is preferred.

Dutch and English are required. Papiamentu will be a great asset for this role. Candidate preferably to be physically located on Bonaire.

Contract duration

This position is for 32-40 hours a week and will be executed as a consultancy against an attractive hourly rate based on seniority. The ideal starting date is 1 July 2024, and the contract will run until 1 July 2025. Extension after this period might be possible, depending on performance and financial situation of the Dutch Caribbean Program.


Please send your CV and a short motivation letter before 15 June 2024 to Monique van de Water, Program manager Dutch Caribbean at and Arjan de Groene, Landscape coordinator Caribbean as Requests for additional information can also be directed to these persons. Interviews will take place online or live on Bonaire or Zeist in the week of 17-21 June 2024.


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