Fellow (Sustainable Landscapes)

Arlington, VA, US


Land-use planning efforts are moving away from sectoral approaches and are embracing the more integrated, holistic approach of a landscape as a series of interdependent natural and human systems. With this transition, definitions are needed to determine what a sustainable landscape approach is and what it is not. 

The Sustainable Landscapes Fellow will be required to develop and lead CI’s global sustainable landscapes approach.  S/he will cement CI as a leader in the development of sustainable landscapes, mainstream and standardize implementation through a “One CI” approach, and socialize it externally with partners and donors.  

The Fellow should:

  • Have 5-7 years of professional experience in agriculture, sustainable development, sustainable finance, large scale conservation, etc.  Private sector experience preferred.
  • Have strong analytical skills.
  • Have the ability to multi-task, work across cultures, geographies, and academic disciplines to deliver on outcomes.  Must be able to make decisions with incomplete information.  
  • Be able to lead an internal Task Force to arrive at common CI positions following the “One CI” approach.
  • Possess strong communications skills – the ability to take complex scientific and financial information and turn it into simple yet powerful messages for a wide audience.
  • Have deep expertise in integrated landscape approaches/models and conservation finance.  Unique skills include the ability to distill learnings from our existing 4+ years of work in sustainable landscapes and turn it into a concrete product that can be replicated and expanded upon through CI’s networks.    

Travel associated with the position:

  • Field visits to Europe/ Africa / Asia
  • Fellowship cohort events, including CI training events and CI Board meetings
  • Estimated 35% travel

At the successful completion of the 2-year Fellowship, the Fellow will have:

  • Developed CI’s best-in-class approach to sustainable landscapes
  • Built internal capacity to implement Sustainable Landscapes (including hosting south-south capacity building events, webinars, in-person trainings etc.)
  • Led proposal development and submission to Green Climate Fund