Policy and Climate Director for the Americas

Conservation International (CI)

Various, Latin America

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet.  


The Americas Policy and Climate Director will support the implementation of climate activities in the Americas region and will work to influence the design of climate policies, as well as policies for biodiversity and those important to the creation of sustainable land/seascapes.

The position will be part of CI’s Technical Fellowship program, which is designed to bring creative new talent to CI.

This position will be a 2-year position with a local contract at the hiring location.



  • In collaboration with CI country programs, and building on CI’s existing policy recommendations, design and implement strategies to influence the design of climate, biodiversity, and sustainability policies in the region.
  • Serve as a technical expert on key policies in the region and provide support for CI teams to engage their governments on the design of these policies.
  • As appropriate, support collaboration with external partners to create shared policy recommendations for national governments.
  • As appropriate, represent CI in international fora to engage with national government from the Americas and to promote Amazonia as 10% of the solution to climate change and a biodiversity priority.


  • Act as the representative of the Americas Field Division (AFD) to CI’s internal climate team.
  • Support development of carbon project based on natural climate solutions (working with a Carbon Finance Specialist).
  • Provide technical advice and training to programs in the region on relevant climate projects and strategies.
  • Plan and track programmatic activities to comply with international donor requirements and reporting.


  • This position will be located in any country where CI operates in the Americas (Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Surinam, and Brazil).
  • Travel in the region and internationally up to 25% of the time may be required.
  • This is a two-year assignment. 
  • Reporting directly to the Vice President of International Policy and dotted line to the AMF Vice President of Nature for Climate.



  • Bachelors degree in environmental sciences, ecology, climate change, policy, public relations, communications, or similar and 7 or more years of professional experience.
  • Strong experience in major policy agreements (global and regional) and how they impact or could support the implementation of CI strategies in the region.
  • Proficiency with both climate change mitigation and adaptation and CBD policy and implementation.
  • Excellent presentation, communications, networking, and diplomacy skills.
  • Able to effectively work in a team across the full diversity of CI’s global organization.
  • Experience convening a broad range of individuals
  • Demonstrated track record of working effectively with multicultural, multidisciplinary teams to produce concrete results.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English and Spanish.


  • Master’s degree.
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Experience in developing countries.
  • Ability to communicate in Portuguese.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter in English no later than September 24, 2021.

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Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.​

  • Passion: Inspired by people and by nature, we are urgently compelled to drive change for a sustainable future. 
  • Integrity: We are honest, transparent, and accountable for our actions.
  • Teamwork: We work together as one CI, recognizing that inclusion, collaboration, and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
  • Respect: We respect each other and work to earn trust, valuing our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
  • Courage: We pursue our vision, taking bold action, persevering, and overcoming challenges.
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the capacity of people to be caring, generous, and brilliant, and believe that with partners, we can inspire humanity to create a better future.

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