Ghod River Water Fund Manager

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Pune, Maharashtra, India 🇮🇳


Maharashtra, India

Pune, Maharashtra, India


This is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world, seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature — issues such as climate change, conserving lands, waters, and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more resilient and sustainable.  

Our Mission
TNC’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Rather than viewing development –
including economic growth – and conservation as contradictory goals, TNC works to demonstrate how nature has value for people and development and how nature can provide enormous economic benefit. TNC envisions a future where people and nature can flourish together.

Our Vision
A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfil our needs and enrich our lives. 

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Organizational History
TNC is the largest conservation organisation in the world, working in all 50 states in the United States and more than 76 countries. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia on October 22, 1951. TNC is science-based and in every place, we work, we partner with governments, businesses, and local communities. TNC is advancing its mission by protecting and restoring rivers, landscapes and oceans for people and their development at an unprecedented scale; it is transforming the way humanity uses the Earth’s natural resources to sustain ourselves.


The Nature Conservancy has initiated a project titled “Catalyzing Collective Action for Water Security in Maharashtra” under which it is proposed to establish Ghod River Water Fund to showcase a pragmatic, long-term solution that improves lives, provides water security and thus enabling prosperity of the local communities. The water fund is a governance and finance mechanism that improves water security through collective action, allowing downstream water users to invest collectively in upstream water and land conservation. Water funds help to manage the significant complexities associated with water risk and nature-based source water protection and have the potential to bring widespread water security and economic benefits to India’s burgeoning cities and rural communities.

The Ghod River Water Fund Manager oversees all aspects of the Ghod River Water Fund, a pilot water fund for India. They are responsible for all operational oversight regarding institutional development, budgeting, resource mobilization, grants management, community and stakeholder engagement and staff coordination. They provide strategic leadership and support for the Conservancy’s conservation planning work and establishes overall conservation priorities for the Ghod River Water Fund. This position reports to the Managing Director, India and will work closely with the Global Resilient Watersheds team.  The preferred location for this position is Pune, Maharashtra with frequent travel to New Delhi. This is a local India hire, no visa assistance of sponsorship is offered with this position.


The Ghod River Water Fund Manager develops and implements a business plan for the Water Fund and serves as the principal contact to government agencies, corporates, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community to implement the Ghod River Water Fund.  They will play a leading role in donor identification, cultivation and stewardship for the program. The Ghod River Water Fund Manager disseminates best practices, provides training and analyses to best implement organizational measures of success, and develop key partnerships with public & private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions, innovative scientific methods, analysis, tools and frameworks to address the natural system needs. They establish the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the area of responsibility, define conservation priorities in the area of responsibility, lead and manage team(s) which supports and improves conservation efforts, and builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field. They engage local community support for local conservation efforts, negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural resources, and develop and implement conservation strategies, while safeguarding the interests of local communities.


  • Develop and implement the Ghod River Water Fund’s business plan, ensuring that it realistically meets the needs of stakeholders in the region
  • Lead all outreach to public and private institutional partners to engage and support the Water Fund.
  • Design and execute fundraising strategies, ensuring targets are met.
  • Recruit stakeholders to serve on an interim Advisory Board/Steering Committee, which will oversee the preparation of the Ghod River Water Fund strategy and will provide the basis for the subsequent establishment of long-term governance arrangements. Organize and manage meetings.
  • Geographic/programmatic size and scope to initially cover the Ghod river basin, but potential to expand to multiple locations depending on demand for water funds and watershed conservation programs across India.                         
  • Recruits, retains and manages high quality and effective multi-disciplinary staff with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.  
  • Develops long-term strategies and achieves strategic goals and objectives
  • Develop a network of Water Fund champions for various cities and watersheds including representatives from governments, utilities, corporates and civil society, as appropriate.
  • Represents the TNC India program in global dialogue regarding Resilient Watersheds, including source water protection, nature-based solutions, Water Funds and related conservation matters.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment.
  • May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally.


  • BA/BS degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with Local Authority planning processes, water resource management, flood risk or water quality and environmental issues.
  • Experience working with economic and environmental issues and opportunities which exist within the Ghod River basin, and Maharashtra, more broadly.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance, including management/supervision of multi-disciplinary teams and meeting deadlines.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, managing performance, and professional development.
  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans at the state or country level. 
  • Experience with financial management of a large program.
  • Experience negotiating through potentially contentious or conflicting issues to gain consensus.
  • Proficient in English and Hindi.


  • Multi- lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Proficiency in Marathi highly desired.
  • Master level degree and 10-12 years’ experience in water conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Stakeholder management and networking experience, and the ability to communicate and engage to build strong relationships.
  • Experience managing and leading people representing a diverse range of views from a diverse set of organizations.
  • Experience working strategically whilst maintaining an eye for detail.
  • Developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives and experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Politically savvy.


Nature Conservancy India Solutions Private Limited (NCIS) is a private limited company incorporated under the Companies Act 2013, having it registered office in India in New Delhi. India. It is a wholly owned Indian subsidiary of The Nature Conservancy.  The company currently provides technical consultancy, monitoring & evaluation and other related services in the domain of conservation and environment to its various clients within and outside India.  


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