TNC-GCF Unit Director

The Nature Conservancy

United States, Remote

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive


Arlington, Virginia, USA

This position is negotiable anywhere The Nature Conservancy is authorized to conduct business. Arlington, VA is TNC's headquarters.


The TNC-GCF Unit Director leads the team that serves as an Accredited Entity to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This position is responsible for developing and implementing TNC’s strategy for engagement with the GCF and for the successful execution of TNC’s roles as both a project developer and overseer of project implementation. This position serves as the primary point of contact with the GCF and with the GCF National Designated Authorities (NDAs) in the countries where the projects operate. The Director manages the TNC-GCF unit, including directing diverse activities and developing practices and processes for the Unit and supervising staff, assessing needs, tracking progress, and undertaking performance appraisals. They will lead preparations of the annual work program, objectives and performance targets, progress reports and lessons emerging from the portfolio. They will be responsible for monitoring the unit’s budget and producing regular cashflow and sustainability analyses.
The Director oversees the development, coordination, and implementation of the TNC portfolio of GCF-funded projects, including analysing GCF’s and TNC’s priorities, strategies and approaches to identify areas of convergence and opportunities for cooperation. They manage the development and implementation of a strategic, integrated, and collaborative approach, working closely with and managing relations with key stakeholders including senior management, internal and external teams, and service providers. They also ensure compliance with TNC and GCF standards for implementation of GCF-funded projects and approve all project documents prior to submission to the GCF. 

The Director leads TNC-GCF communications with all Divisions and BUs within TNC, including Conservation, Development, Ethics and Compliance, Finance, People Team, Legal, and Marketing and Communications. This position has responsibility for TNC’s continued good standing as an Accredited Entity (AE) including the submission of Entity Work Programs (EWPs), Project and Entity Annual reports and applications for reaccreditation. This position supervises the team that guides the design of new proposals to the GCF, and the oversight of projects in implementation, ensuring that the projects meet all GCF technical requirements, including compliance with the GCF’s social and environmental safeguards and gender policies. 

This position may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours.


Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. We’re looking for someone with strong experience in leading a diverse, multi-disciplinary team and planning budgetary responsibilities. 

Candidates must be an expert in climate change mitigation and adaptation and in the design and monitoring of projects up to USD 250M in size. 

The ideal candidate possesses the ability to navigate programmes or projects involving a range of stakeholders, international organizations, development agencies, scientific and technical bodies, beneficiary country counterparts, and NGOs. They can coordinate all technical aspects relevant to project development, especially those related to environmental and social safeguards, gender mainstreaming, and risk identification and management, ensuring that project implementation budgets include provisions for any measures to mitigate adverse impacts and that the implementation of such measures or other safeguard provisions is monitored. 

We’re looking for an individual with experience working with the GCF or other funding mechanisms who wants to make a difference for nature and people.  


  • BA/BS degree and 12 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and directing complex or multiple projects of strategic importance, including managing finances, supervising multidisciplinary professionals, and coordinating the work of partners while meeting deadlines.   
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic regions.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.    
  • Experience networking with high level conservation and government contacts.
  • Experience working with methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic and creative initiatives.
  • Experience negotiating. 

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.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

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.


To apply for job ID 53951, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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Category Admin & Leadership, General / Stewardship, Land Trust
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