External Affairs Associate UK

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧


London, UK


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. 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. 

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

Although you’ll see requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.


The External Affairs Associate assists in the development and implementation of engagement strategies with the priority public sector agencies (e.g DEFRA, BEIS, and others). They serve as liaison and informational contact in Europe between The Nature Conservancy and the bilateral and multilateral public sector entities at the country, sub-national or local levels, as well as with business and/or private groups.  The External Affairs Associate helps connect the engagement opportunities between several internal strategy teams including from TNC’s regional and global conservation teams to enhance coordination and implementation of selected policy and public funding workstreams. They report to the Director of Public Institutions Europe. The location for this position is London, UK. No relocation or immigration assistance is offered with this position.


The External Affairs Associate coordinates the internal planning and the external strategic engagement of The Nature Conservancy with targeted public sector agencies (e.g. United Kingdom). They provide research and policy analysis in support of The Nature Conservancy’s policy and/or corporate practice priorities and tracks policies and decisions that directly affect conservation goals. They build and facilitate internal networks, coordinating meetings, agendas, and presentations.  They provide services that assist in influencing the outcome of policy and/or corporate initiatives at the international, country, sub-national, and local levels. They develop strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and industry to advance the organization’s conservation agenda.  They cultivate external networks, coalitions and platforms that are relevant for the public agencies by sharing TNC’s science, implementation and policy advocacy recommendations and, contributes to build the policy narratives.


  • Develops and manages the engagement strategy of targeted public sector agencies (e.g UK); creates a clear and effective workplan and tracks its implementation; responsible for internal and external communication and liaison; prioritizes engagement and facilitates access.
  • Works across TNC as the connecting agent between several matrixed internal teams in regards to policy and public funding engagement opportunities with the public agencies; finds opportunities and create strategic high value connections to other TNC strategies and departments, to foster and maintain collaboration and communication.
  • Understands the policy state of play of key public sector agencies (e.g. from the UK) and informs engagement opportunities in regards to policy advocacy and public funding to support the implementation of programs on biodiversity and climate change (mitigation/adaptation).
  • Provides research and policy analysis in support to legislative, corporate and/or policy priorities.
  • Develops and maintains a strong network with priority public sector agencies related to biodiversity and climate change.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with additional stakeholders (e.g NGOs, business) and engages with priority coalitions and working groups.
  • Contributes to influencing the outcome of policy initiatives relevant to international, country, sub-national, and local levels.
  • Identifies and prioritizes opportunities for accessing and mobilizing funding and finance and develops and meets public fundraising goals.
  • Provides assistance with preparation of program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications.
  • Assists the Director Public Institutions Europe in adaptive management and reporting on the engagement with targeted institutions.
  • Works within a budget to complete projects, negotiates and contracts with vendors and assists with budget development
  • May supervise administrative staff and/or volunteers, interns, or temporary staff.
  • Once travel is approved for TNC employees, may involve domestic and international travel at 20%


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, business, public policy, international relations, international development, social science, natural science, ecology or related field
  • Experience working in public policy, sustainability, and/or public fundraising, or equivalent.
  • Experience in researching policy, critical analysis, and evaluating information from divergent sources and compiling it into cohesive reports.
  • Experience with complex project management, including meeting deliverables, due dates and financial obligations.
  • Fluency in English and any other European language (e.g. French, Spanish).
  • Experience with legislative, planning, policy or corporate initiatives at least in two of the following levels:  international, country, sub-national, or local.
  • Experience developing relationships and collaborating with networks of institutions in the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • Ability to engage in complex negotiations.
  • Experience identifying opportunities for policy engagement and identification of policy levers.
  • Experience identifying and accessing public funding.
  • Experience working with public sector agencies in Europe (e.g. UK FCDO, Defra, BEIS); European Union, Germany, France)


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Master degree plus 5 years’ work experience in public policy, business, sustainability, or public fundraising. or equivalent combination
  • Experience that demonstrates analytical thinking and excellent English writing skills.
  • Experience working with United Kingdom public sector agency on international business, governmental, and/or environmental policy is highly desired
  • Experience working in a highly matrixed, decentralized and collaborative organization.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment and meeting time sensitive deadlines.
  • Experience building networks, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.
  • Experience in complex negotiations highly desired.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions.  Learn more about our benefits at nature.org/careers. We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, and flexibility needs of the people we employ.


To apply for job ID 50311 submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on October 13th 2021. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected].

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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