Program Lead (India Freshwater Program)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
New Delhi, India
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 


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The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact in more than 35 countries around the world and all 50 States of the United States of America. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity and we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

We aim to meet increasing demands for energy resources, water supply and food production with low environmental impact, and in a mindset where nature is seen as a critical input to these key human needs. We do this by engaging governments, the private sector and local communities to ensure that conservation is a critical outcome in economic development.   As the crucial link to all life, water supplies are stretched between what communities need – agriculture, energy, human health – and what nature can afford to give.




As the Program Lead for India’s Freshwater Program we seek an applied scientist or practitioner to provide technical, strategy and managerial leadership to our emerging freshwater work in India and serve as the principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, and the academic community. The Program Lead will help make the Conservancy a major conservation partner in India, define conservation priorities, lead and manage teams and participate as a team member in a global, matrixed organization.




The person in this role utilizes advanced techniques, modification and practices to provide technical and scientific support and leadership as a subject matter expert (SME) for conservation initiatives in planning and other activities and measures of conservation success. S/he formulates and conducts systematic problem area resolution of considerable scope and complexity. The person builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field and collaborates with other scientists, practitioners and institutions to enhance Conservancy practices. We seek someone with specific expertise in water management, water policy, watershed protection and/or water infrastructure.

The Program Lead develops key partnerships with public & private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices, develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs, and engages local community support for local conservation efforts. S/he negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, corporations, and local partners to conserve and protect natural communities and develops and implements conservation strategies




  • Conceive and implement strategic initiatives.
  • Acts as a technical liaison within and outside of the organization.
  • Collaborates with a wide range of partners to identify projects, associated research needs, present technical concepts and support fieldwork.
  • Provides training for internal and external colleagues on ecological and conservation scientific principles.
  • Supports program objectives by working in a complex matrix organization environment.             
  • Participate and/or lead a cross functional team.                          
  • Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget.
  • Manage grants, contracts, and writes requests for proposals.           
  • Interprets guidelines, evaluates information and modifies processes to adapt to changing circumstances for the program.
  • Provides a variety of information to staff and others, contributing to conservation projects and ensuring workflow.                                    
  • Frequently makes independently strategic decision based on analysis, ambiguous information and judgment.
  • Negotiates complex agreements, in a political environment.                                                                                     
  • May be responsible for leading or co-leading a whole system program.
  • Frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.               
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.  
  • Resolve large-scale, complex problems through systematic and thorough studies.
  • Manage program staff and has responsibility for performance management, development and objectives.           
  • Responsible for all financial management aspects of a program/project.                                     
  • Persuasively convey the mission of TNC to diverse groups including major donors, corporate executives, board members and others critical to the organizational overall prosperity.




  • PhD in science related field and 8 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, coaching, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience building relationships.
  • Experience conducting original research and publishing in peer reviewed scientific journals.
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
  • Experience designing, organizing and directing complex multiple projects of strategic importance and leading a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience synthesizing and integrating research findings and lessons learned.
  • Experience communicating and presenting next steps and strategy to senior management.


  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Strong knowledge of common software applications.
  • Ability to diagnose complex problems and identify solutions. 
  • Ability to operate within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance. 
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Ability to formulate and evaluate broad policies.
  • Ability to make independent decisions based on incomplete or ambiguous information and accepts associated risks.
  • Strong strategic thinker and advanced analytical ability.
  • Ability to develop work plans and project budgets.
  • Ability to network extensively in scientific communities and maintain strong relationships.




Interested candidates are requested to please go to # 46766 and apply to this position. You may also express interest by sending your cover letter andresume to  by August 24, 2018 (prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time).  Please mention the title and job number of the position in the subject of your email.  TNC is an equal opportunity employer and women are encouraged to apply.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this consultancy.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process