Portfolio Management Specialist

The Nature Conservancy

Remote, Latin America

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $74,600 - $85,595 USD


São Paulo, Brazil

The position is full-time, fully remote, and will be based out of Brazil (desired regions as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Pará, or Curitiba), Argentina or the United States.


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”

Within TNC´s global program Provide Food and Water, TNC’s Zero Conversion Commodities (ZCC) is a global and mature strategy where we work in partnerships with the soy and cattle value chains to halt habitat conversion caused by commodity production in three highly biodiverse and threatened biomes: the Brazilian Amazon, the Brazilian Cerrado, and the Gran Chaco of Argentina and Paraguay. Soy Traders and meatpackers are the narrowest nodes in commodity supply chains, meaning the point in which relatively few actors touch the vast majority of the supply, making them key targets for our corporate engagement and influence strategies.  

The ZCC Portfolio Management Coordinator will play a critical role in providing support in planning and implementing the portfolio of projects under the Zero Conversion Commodities’ soy strategy, but not restricted to the soy portfolio. Currently, the portfolio of projects includes the flagship project (Conservation and Markets Initiative) that spans multiple business units and geographies, and it is primarily funded by a single donor, but the trend is that the portfolio will increase with other projects from complementary sources of funding to support on the achievement of our goals in the soy strategy.     

They will serve as the central coordinator for the Soy team and collaboratively develop and implement team management processes, work plans, and timelines to ensure the global project team and regional sub-teams cross-geographies and business units, execute on deliverables within available resources and timelines, following the outcomes and scope of each project and specific donor and other internal/external requirements, while also managing the soy portfolio framework and understanding/providing high-level visibility on how each project contributes to the overall outcome of the soy strategy. The position will report to the Zero Conversion Commodities Senior Strategy Manager. 

Under the Conservation and Markets Initiative Project, they will coordinate the multiple grants under the same initiative with the leaders and respective teams, including the progress of the achievements of the project goals and success factors. They will support the section on developing annual project plans, budgets, and metrics. They will assess project scope and objectives, ensuring they are aligned with the donors' requirements and outcomes of each specific project. They will also plan, organize, and facilitate project internal team meetings and communications. 

The ZCC Portfolio Management Coordinator will obtain go/no-go decisions at all project decision points from the Program Manager, leads, or sponsors and identify and obtain approval for project deliverables from the appropriate staff or teams. Throughout the project lifecycle, they will monitor and measure project progress, facilitate the correct action as necessary, and communicate project status information to all stakeholders. They will be the point person to the donor on reporting and requirements, primarily liaising with the Finance Manager, Contracts Specialist, Reporting Specialist, and Donor Relationship manager, as well as with the leads of each pillar of work.  

They will utilize project management methodologies and processes to meet all organizational and divisional standards.  

This position may require traveling occasionally and working long and flexible hours as needed. The position is full-time, fully remote, and will be based out of Brazil (desired regions as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Pará, or Curitiba), Argentina or the United States.

Can you catalyze actions to improve food and water security, support communities, and conserve and restore biodiversity through sustainable supply chains and mainstream solutions that nourish and connect people and nature?

Are you looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose? Join our team as ZCC Portfolio Management Coordinator. Not only will you fulfill conservation objectives in the beautiful iconic places of Brazil and Argentina, but you'll also contribute to conservation goals!

We're looking for a passionate, dedicated person to join our Global Team, working closely with our cross-geographies ZCC team, including Brazil, Argentina, China, and the US, among other places. Organization, teamwork, analytic thinking, adaptability, communication, time management, and the ability to influence without authority are essential in this role. Join TNC and apply today!

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and support the implementation of project management standards, policies, procedures, and models.
  • Monitor, develop, and share reports about the progress of the different projects of the strategy.
  • Support technical staff using various project management methods such as adaptive management, iterative and rapid learning processes, software-based monitoring, collaborative work, etc.
  • Ensure that projects are managed efficiently, cost-effectively, and in line with the donor's or internal funding sources' requirements. 
  • Engage with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team and a Project Reporting Specialist to document and share critical lessons, best practices, and results.
  • Ensure compliance with internal policies and external donor requirements.
  • Coordinate the work of cross-functional teams towards a desired outcome and implementation of the conservation strategy.
  • Support the management of project budgets and assist in developing budgets related to strategic projects.
  • Manage several complex projects from a project perspective, including project team management, deadline setting, and execution management.
  • Tracks grant deliverables and supports the development of periodic reports.  
  • Tracks spending on grants and coordinates spending updates between finance and multiple teams.
  • Self-starter who can generate and execute work plans with limited support in line with the overall conservation strategies.


  • BA/BS, law or business degree and 5 years’ experience in project management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Two years of project management experience or one year as a project lead.
  • Coursework or other training on project management principles experience.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple projects.
  • Experience managing project teams and working with cross-functional staff.
  • Experience managing scheduling and budgeting of small to large projects that range from short to long-term.
  • Experience using project management techniques and tools like Microsoft Project, Notion, SmartSheet, or other software.
  • Fluency in Portuguese or Spanish and advanced written and spoken English.
  • Experience with written and verbal communication.
  • Experience engaging in and facilitating virtual meetings.
  • Ability to work remotely with different time zones.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience are appreciated. 
  • Ability to manage and implement complex processes.
  • Proficiency in interpreting guidelines and manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting data.
  • Certification in project management.
  • Strong English communication skills.
  • Experience with Lean, Six Sigma, and Scrum.
  • Interest and ability in incorporating a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens when communicating and in decision-making.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including negotiating, influencing, and persuading. 
  • Successful experience implementing strategic program goals.


This position may be based in Brazil, Argentina or the United States, taking into consideration legal restrictions, such as non-national ratios and immigration processing times. For U.S. based applicants only, the starting pay range for this position in Arlington, Virginia, is generally within the range of $74,600 - $85,595 for annual base salary and is based on location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. For all other applicants, pay ranges will be in local currency, the pay range will be based on the local labor market, and not tied to the above pay range. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment and used to determine your actual pay range. Additionally, for all applicants, actual pay will fall within a range based on a variety of factors including, for example, the candidate’s qualifications, specific skills, and experience.  

To apply for job ID 54921, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/  by 11:59 PM EST on June 13th, 2024. 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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.

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