Durable Protection Strategies Program Advisor (Location Flexible)

The Nature Conservancy

Arlington, Remote

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive

Who We Are

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

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Your Position With TNC

The Durable Protection Strategies Program Advisor manages and supports large innovative conservation transaction structures with a focus on Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) approaches to advance durable and lasting protection for nature while providing community development benefits for people. The Program Advisor will be part of the Global Protect Oceans, Lands, and Waters program and will sit within the Durable Protection Strategies team. They will be working in close partnership with a range of country teams and other internal and external partners including Indigenous Peoples and local communities, NGOs, multilateral organizations, local and national governments, and other stakeholders in each project area, the Program Advisor will support several emerging PFPs across the globe.

Essential Functions

The Durable Protection Strategies Program Advisor supports global strategy leadership by managing priority projects and serves as a technical resource on the relevant global strategy, focusing on Project Finance for Permanence (PFP). The Program Advisor disseminates best practices, provides training and analyses to best implement PFPs, including organizational measures of success. The Advisor works on priority PFP projects where they are responsible for project management, and work in an advisory role for the overall PFP strategy. They collaborate closely with the in-country and field staff to ensure that PFP standards and best practices are implemented in the respective projects. They are part of a network of practitioners for PFPs and durable protection strategies, together with other TNC staff and Enduring Earth partner organizations. They utilize their technical knowledge and experience regarding deal structures and conservation finance and participate in and lead teams to identify and resolve technical issues and communicate solutions, innovative scientific methods, analysis, tools and frameworks to address project needs. They work within field teams to appropriately engage local community support for local conservation efforts, negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, landowners, and rights holders to conserve and protect natural communities, and actively develop and implement conservation strategies. This position reports to the Senior Program Associate, Durable Protection Strategies.

Responsibilities and Scope

  • Geographic/programmatic size and scope is that of a large program spanning parts of multiple countries, managing highly matrixed 10+ team members and managing multiple complex projects.
  • Provides project management, logistical and strategic support for specific assigned PFPs including Highly Effective Teams (HET) management, working agreements, compliance with selection criteria, leadership responsibility for compliance with SOPs and minimizing risk to the organization, contracting and managing contracts, and ensuring legal compliance with applicable country, state and local regulations.
  • Supports and builds internal and external stakeholder support for innovative conservation deals and related aspects, such as innovative conservation finance mechanisms and policy.
  • Serves as capacity for the broader Protect Ocean, Lands and Waters team, regional and country teams to support and scale-up PFPs.
  • Serves as support and expertise to philanthropy lead and team, contributes to materials development, events and inquiries; actively involved in grant solicitation and management for large (>$500K USD) private and public funds; identifies fundable units in the relevant body of work and shares regularly with philanthropy; adds value to donor strategies and assists in donor solicitation as needed; actively supports Board meetings when called upon.
  • Produces and responds to requests to create, edit, and give input on content for communications and marketing. Responsible for effective internal communication within their program/team. May act as the spokesperson or local expertise with other partners, governments, NGOs etc.
  • Builds strong relationships with internal and external partners; identifies potential challenges and addresses early on to ensure a highly functioning team and long-term conservation results.
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment.
  • May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally (up to 40%) and work during evening and weekend hours.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, international relations, international development, social science, natural science, ecology or related field and at least 5 years related experience, or equivalent combination.
  • Experience in research, critical analysis, and evaluating information from divergent sources and compiling it into cohesive reports.
  • Experience writing and editing promotional and informational material.
  • Experience presenting to and/or communicating with government or legislative staff, community or business leaders, program leadership and/or similar audiences.
  • Experience with time and project management.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Master’s degree.
  • Ten years related experience, or equivalent combination
  • Critical analytical thinking and excellent English writing skills are essential.
  • Ability to sensitively advise other staff on how to effectively engage with internal and external parties.
  • Ability to develop and drive new ideas and approaches.
  • Ability to work well in a highly matrixed, decentralized and collaborative organization.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills and political savvy. Must be a team player.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet time sensitive deadlines.
  • Knowledge and experience with Project Finance for Permanence (PFPs).
  • Knowledge and experience with conservation trust funds, carbon finance, debt for nature swaps, and other innovative conservation finance mechanisms.

To apply for job ID 51504, submit your cover letter and resume online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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