Managing Director (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund)

Arlington, VA, US


Member of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, reporting to the Executive Director of CEPF, the Managing Director provides technical input and strategic oversight of CEPF’s global grant portfolio. The Managing Director prepares annual projections of grant awards and disbursement for each hotspot, and monitors on a quarterly basis to ensure that grant making targets in the annual financial plan are met as well as the effective and efficient use of resources in the different biodiversity hotspots where the Fund operates and are well aligned with support from other conservation funders. The Managing Director manages a team of four Grant Directors to provide technical advice and issue resolution for RIT and individual grant performance, ensure consistent application of policies and procedures, realize opportunities for exchange of experience and good practice among hotspots, and facilitate close coordination with other teams, particularly the Grant Management Unit.

The Managing Director manages grant making in the Indo-Burma hotspot, by leading the development of ecosystem profiles to guide investment, awarding, managing and evaluating grants to ensure maximum contribution towards conservation targets, and selecting and managing a Regional Implementation Team to provide strategic leadership and effective coordination of conservation investment to ensure effective implementation of the investment strategy set out in the ecosystem profile.

Together with the Executive Director, the Managing Director contributes to fundraising towards the targets for the third phase of fund, leading on engagement with potential regional donors, including private foundations, hotspot country governments and regional development banks, and supporting the Executive Director with engaging potential global donors as required.

Job Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in biology, ecology, natural resources management, or related field
  • 15 years of professional experience in conservation project management and grant making (or equivalent) in the world’s hotspots
  • Travel to field sites 25%