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The context of work on Freshwater in Latin America is well-known. As a region, Latin America is relatively rich in water. However, the full story is that water resources are unevenly distributed, and many cities, agricultural areas, hydropower sectors and people in Latin America are facing growing water scarcity. Moreover, water stress has the potential to bring consumers into conflict with other users, including agricultural and industrial ones.
How Latin America’s countries manage and conserve their water supplies will be a key factor in maintaining the region’s growth path in the coming decades. Viewed another way, the time to proactively address water management issues is now, while water is relatively abundant and before deeper conflicts emerge. The role of nature in producing, regulating and filtering water is also well known in the scientific literature. But it is poorly reflected in public and private spending on water security. Of the hundreds of billions spent annually on securing water for human use, only a small fraction allocated to protecting and enhancing the role of watershed conservation and natural habitats that provide people with water. As a 2009 McKinsey-led study on water security pointed out, “Assuring sufficient raw or ‘upstream’ water resources is a precondition for solving other water issues, such as those of clean water supply in municipal and rural systems, wastewater services, and sanitation—the ‘downstream’ water services.”
To succeed in managing water resources effectively, Latin America’s cities, agriculture sector and hydropower sectors are our key clients. In the case of cities, demographers estimate that by 2030, between 85 percent and 90 percent of Latin Americans will live in cities, making it the most urbanized region of the world. Cities will require services, especially water provision and flood mitigation, from a countryside that can stretch hundreds or even thousands of miles away. The Nature Conservancy has a track record on nature based solutions and the capacity to make transformational changes in partnership with other institutions towards water security.
In the Latin American Region at The Nature Conservancy, the Freshwater Regional Unit is the one in charge to advance the organization’s efforts in Latin America to use nature to secure clean water for major cities, agriculture and energy sectors. This Unit leads the Water Funds program work in Latin America and the agenda with the Latin American Conservation Council on Freshwater, among other prominent initiatives.
The Freshwater Conservation Specialist for Latin America Region develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for large-scale geographic areas.
The Freshwater Conservation Specialist for Latin America will be responsible for providing project management support for the Freshwater strategy in Latin America, including management of specific regional water balance projects. This includes the support on regional projects’ implementation, regional projects’ monitoring and verification, development and tracking of performance dashboards, managing technical products and GIS database, tracking of the financial and technical implementation of public and private funded regional projects, support to proposals’ development, preparation of projects’ and unit’s reports, information management, knowledge sharing, and general support to the unit’s operations. The Freshwater Conservation Specialist´s work will require interaction with a wide array of people within the Latin America Region, Conservation programs, and across other parts of the organization: science staff, executive staff, finance and ops staff, peers, donors, marketing, and contractors, among others to ensure that TNC´s support and active role in the establishment of the Water Security unit’s projects is consistent, coherent and sustainable.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Develop and implement unit’s dashboards, key indicators and key performance indicators, and other tracking systems for the Freshwater unit.
- Collects, manages and analyzes projects’ data and delivers projects’ reports
- Follow up technical and financial implementation of water security projects
- Manages specific regional water balance projects ensuring deliverable of project expected results
- Support the implementation of water security projects providing technical support and management
- Collects, manages, analyzes and produces maps and other graphic products and reports
- Develops and maintains unit’s GIS library and/or database products library
- Leads Freshwater unit’s knowledge sharing
- Provides technical support and quality assurance to conservation programs in terms of products related with Freshwater design and operation
- Maintain data, writes project reports, and develops proposals
- Coordinates fieldwork and logistical support for research, project development and monitoring
- Performs fieldwork, including ecosystem assessment and field monitoring
- He/she develops a systematic approach for sharing experiences and lessons learned among water security/water funds and support institutions in Latin America.
- Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
- May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
- BA/BS or business degree and experience in natural resources or business administration or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience negotiating complex agreements.
- Supervisory skills and experience.
- Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
- Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, Web browsers, etc.
- Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and Spanish. Portuguese is desirable.
- Graduate degree in related field of watershed management is preferred together with experience in watershed management/conservation, or the equivalent combination.
- Working knowledge of GIS tools (e.g. ArcGIS) and geodatabases
- Project management formal training and experience is highly preferred
- Ability to collect, manipulate, analyze, and interpret financial and technical project data and prepare reports
- Proven time management skills and meeting deadlines while delivering quality results.
- Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers, data management software, project management tools) and ability to use provided computer technology to enhance the quality of work.
- Demonstrated experience in the following areas: project management, public and private grants management, financial and technical reports, proposals development, knowledge sharing
- Experience on ecosystem services and/or hydrological projects,
- Ability to make practical sense out of processed data and apply to real world applications
- Ability to manage contracts
- Experience training individuals and groups
- Knowledge and experience on land management conservation practice and conservation science, and water balance (replenishment) projects
- Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
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Job Title: Freshwater Conservation Specialist LAR
Job ID: 44904
Full/Part Time: Full-Time