Ocean Governance Senior Manager

Conservation International (CI)

San José, Costa Rica 🇨🇷

Bogota, Colombia 🇨🇴

Quito, Ecuador 🇪🇨

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a global challenge. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we periodically reassess our plans to reopen our offices. For the safety of our employees, our approach is tailored to the situation in each of the 30 countries we operate in. Travel is only conducted when absolutely necessary and safe to do so. Hiring managers will provide guidance on flexible work arrangements in accordance with country-specific safety policies.

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.


The position is part of the Americas Field Division (AFD) Oceans team which works across the Americas and in collaboration with CI country programs dedicated to marine conservation in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Peru, and Suriname. Strong focus is placed on the Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP) a key marine region and where CI has its most durable, longstanding, and relevant experience in the world. CI’s relation to the ETP region runs deep and places our country and regional programs in a position where they can help drive ocean conservation at a scale like in no other region on the planet. The AFD Oceans team interacts and collaborates with key stakeholders across the Americas as well as with various CI teams and divisions in headquarters and across the globe.

The position reports directly to the Vice President of Americas Filed Division Oceans and is part of CI’s technical fellowship program, which aims to give emerging leaders a unique and challenging hands-on opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to CI and the broader conservation movement. The Fellow will provide fresh thinking and extensive leadership and an opportunity to expand the breadth of their skills, gain valuable experience in their fields, and find innovative solutions together with CI program staff and local partners. The current opportunity will largely, but not exclusively, focus on the Eastern Tropical Pacific region and on addressing one of the most prominent factors driving much of the threats in the region; i.e., the limited collaborative governance. For this, the Fellow will directly support the identification of information gaps and increase access to knowledge; inform and advance regional ocean governance;and support strengthening regional alliances.

The Technical Fellow should be a trailblazer in their field with proven leadership skills and the potential to add to CI’s long-term capacity through either placement at CI or continued support of CI’s mission upon completion of their Fellowship term. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of international policy and governance schemes along with proven experience working with ocean governance institutions, intergovernmental organizations, and marine conservation at national and international scales.


  • Assess CIs contributions to ocean knowledge, science, and innovation in the Americas Field Division, and its use to support the advancement of CI global goals and regional policy design and implementation (e.g., MPA creation, expansion, and improvement; fisheries regulations; trade regulations).
  • Advance technically-grounded proposals and link CI outcomes in the region with regional and domestic policy, placing emphasis on the ETP region, the CMAR regional initiative, and the South Pacific Permanent Commission (CPPS).
  • Build a community of thought to identify opportunities to shift AFD ocean work from the national scale to networks and coalitions of countries and partners that produce additional regional results.
  • Working at a regional AFD-scale, and together with the CI country programs, support their link with relevant regional ocean initiatives (e.g., CMAR) and governance frameworks (e.g., SICA-OSPESCA, CPPS) and large-scale solutions to current ocean problems (e.g., creation of large-scale national or international MPAs, management of high seas).
  • Identify, develop and strengthen AFD’s alliances with ocean-relevant intergovernmental organizations and knowledge-sharing platforms.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • This position is based in Costa Rica, Colombia, or Ecuador where CI has program offices.
  • Work is performed in a typical office environment with a possibility for a flexible work arrangement in line with CI policies.
  • Some travel – up to 25% – mostly in Latin America may be necessary occasionally. Some travel may be remote and in challenging conditions.
  • Requires flexibility in work schedule in order to accommodate time differences between CI offices worldwide and field locations.



  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental, marine, or international policy, or a related field.
  • 5 to 7 years of relevant experience demonstrating increasing responsibility in ocean governance, intergovernmental organizations, and marine conservation at national and international scales.
  • Understanding of global policy issues related to areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), marine protected areas (MPA), other effective conservation measures (OECMs), and migratory and straddling species, particularly related to climate change and conservation. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects or initiatives involving multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills, including demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Demonstrated skills in intercultural communication and in a multicultural environment, experience engaging multiple audiences, and the ability to work effectively with diverse groups
  • Proven ability in successfully interpreting and communicating scientific information.
  • Proven self-starter, willing to take initiative in solving problems and providing follow-on assistance.
  • Working familiarity with all Microsoft Office Programs. 
  • The position requires high proficiency in Spanish and fluency in English, both oral and written. Excellent writing skills in both languages capable of peer-review publishing.


  • Master’s degree
  • Field experience in Latin American countries.
  • Experience in multicultural settings and cross-cultural communication.
  • Vision obtained from field experience of real-world conservation challenges and opportunities in specific cultural and political contexts.
  • Fluency in Portuguese.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

Application Deadline:  July 10, 2022 (11:49 PM EST)

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