Senior Manager (International Policy)

Conservation International (CI)

Arlington, VA, United States 🇺🇸

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 Sr. Manager for International Policy will work closely with the Vice President of International Policy to lead the development and implementation of CI’s strategy to achieve policy outcomes related primarily to the Convention on Biological Diversity’s post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

The Sr. Manager will be responsible for analyzing the political and technical landscape of the CBD negotiations and identifying potential policy pathways to support CI’s objectives. The Sr. Manager will lead cross-institutional dialogue to refine CI’s policy objectives and strategies for achieving them and then lead the cross-institutional implementation of those strategies – including developing positions and outreach to key country governments.

The Sr. Manager will lead the development of CI policy position papers, including by guiding other CI teams to provide the best science and lessons from the field to produce robust policy recommendations. The Sr. Manager will support CI programs in engaging their governments to achieve policy objectives by providing briefings and technical information. The Sr. Manager will also be responsible for maintaining relationships with coalitions of like-minded organizations and with government negotiators; and with developing new relationships as needed.

In addition to the efforts around the Convention on Biological Diversity’s post-2020 framework, the Sr. Manager will also work with CI’s Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes team to integrate policy approaches to seascape/landscape strategies.


Global biodiversity policy:

  • With guidance from VP for International Policy, lead the cross-CI Biodiversity Policy Task Force to develop position papers/case studies/technical briefs and strategy for achieving CI’s policy objectives in the negotiation of the post-2020 CBD framework.
  • Represent CI externally to develop and maintain partnerships to achieve CI’s policy objectives at the CBD with government negotiators and NGO coalitions.
  • Work with CI country programs to engage their governments throughout the negotiation of the post-2020 framework by providing briefings on CI positions and on the evolving politics of the negotiations.
  • Prepare analyses of the negotiations as they progress and disseminate to CI staff along with updates to CI positions and strategy.
  • Work with CI communications team to refine and execute a communication strategy to support policy and other strategic objectives in the run-up to COP 15.

Sustainable Development Policy:

  • Contribute to finalization of a policy evaluation methodology that identifies key opportunities and gaps in national and local policy relating to how communities, government, and business use and conserve natural resources to support CI’s Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes (SLS).

Contribute to Divisional planning, strategy development, budget processes, communications efforts and other cross-cutting tasks:

  • Provide robust contributions to divisional strategy development, planning processes, team initiatives/special projects (e.g. hiring committee for an open position), reporting and communication efforts as needed. 
  • Support fundraising and reporting for this work.


  • This position is based in Arlington, VA.
  • Frequent travel to international meetings representing up to 30% of the work time and work through a geographically disbursed team.



  • Graduate degree in conservation science, international policy, or development-related field and at least 6 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Understanding of policy-making processes and environment and the role of policy in achieving on-the-ground results.
  • Knowledge of current negotiations under major biodiversity policy fora and existing network of contacts.
  • Highly independent worker with proven capacity to assess a situation, develop a strategy and execute it for multiple lines of work and usually working through others.
  • Proven ability to form collaborative working relationships with multiple groups internal and external to the organization and to lead groups to a strong and strategic outcome.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex information to a diverse audience in written and oral formats. Experience in engaging a variety of external partners and stakeholders in governments, bilateral and multilateral institutions, development organizations and NGOs with professionalism and diplomacy.
  • Proven ability to work in culturally diverse environment.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to adapt in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Ability to understand complex, technical issues concerning conservation science, international development policy, and the politics surrounding multilateral institutions that are critical to CI’s success
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.


  • Fluency in Spanish, French or Portuguese.
  • Established relationships in the sustainable development and/or biodiversity policy community
  • Professional or academic experience in international policy analysis and design, and knowledge and understanding of complex multilateral institutions.
  • Experience living and working abroad.

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

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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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