Manager (Climate Adaptation Policy)

Arlington, VA, US

Description

Around the world, climate change is exacerbating droughts, floods, heat waves and extreme weather events; and these impacts are expected to worsen in the coming decades. Conservation International (CI) believes that harnessing the immediate potential of natural ecosystems to buffer those impacts is critical. A promising approach to build people’s resilience to climate impacts is ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA): the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall strategy to help people adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.

The Manager for Climate Adaptation Policy will support CI’s global climate adaptation policy initiatives and contribute to the development and implementation of national adaptation policies. S/he will support CI’s climate policy priorities related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through tracking relevant negotiations and preparing policy analyses of national and international adaptation policies and practices. S/he will also contribute to the implementation of relevant CI regional strategies, including the piloting of CI EbA tools, and assist in the development of relevant case studies, policy document, and other EbA policy resources.

Under the guidance of the Climate Policy Lead, the Manager will support the development and implementation of a climate policy strategy under CI’s Climate Strategy, including climate finance work at the international and national levels. The manager will contribute to CI’s preparation for and engagement at UNFCCC negotiations, including cross-divisional climate policy coordination, CI delegation management and event organization. S/he will also support Policy Center for Environment and Peace and International Policy planning, strategy development and budget processes, as well as support fundraising tracking for climate policy work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage CI’s global climate adaptation policy initiatives and support national adaptation policy implementation, including, but not limited to, developing policy analyses and tools, tracking relevant negotiations, and supporting CI field programs and divisions on climate policy.
  • Support the implementation of CI’s Climate Policy Strategy, including adaptation policy priorities and climate finance work at the international and national levels.
  • Support internal and external climate policy coordination.
  • Contribute to CI’s preparation for and engagement at UNFCCC negotiations, including cross-divisional climate policy coordination, CI delegation management and event organization
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • This position is based in CI-Headquarters in Arlington, VA.
  •         This is a four month fixed term position. Manager will be eligible to receive benefits after 90 days of employment.
  • Position requires up to 25% domestic and international travel .

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in conservation science, climate, international policy or finance, or development-related field.
  • Three to five years of specialized professional experience in topics related to international climate policy.
  • Knowledge of current negotiations under major climate policy fora and existing network of contacts.
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to form collaborative working relationships with multiple groups internal and external to the organization.
  • Comfortable working across cultures.
  • Experience in professionally and diplomatically interacting with government delegates and other high-level partners.
  • 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.
  • Highly independent worker able to assess a situation, make the necessary decisions and execute them for multiple lines of work and deadlines.
  • Ability to coordinate and work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to facilitate group meetings in person and remotely.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Work permit for United States.

Preferred

  • Master’s degree in conservation science, climate, international policy or finance, or development-related field.
  • Fluency in Spanish, French or Portuguese.
  • Established relationships in the climate change 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, please also include a cover letter. 


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED