Climate Adaptation Program Manager (Caribbean)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Arlington, VA, USA 🇺🇸


Miami, FL, USA 🇺🇸


Arlington, Virginia, USA

Any Caribbean Division office (The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, or USVI) or at TNC’s Worldwide Office (Arlington, VA) or TNC Caribbean’s Office (Miami, FL)


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The Nature Conservancy is committed to driving solutions that enable society to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. A key element of our global climate change strategy is advancing the use of nature-based solutions (NBS) that benefit people and nature by building long-term resilience for communities impacted by the effects of a changing climate. The Caribbean’s Climate Adaptation Strategy aligns with TNC’s organizational Climate priority through a focus on mainstreaming and implementing NBS into policy, planning and capacity-building for stakeholders, and reducing communities’ vulnerability to climate change impacts. Implementation of successful NBS projects will benefit both nature and people by enhancing the health of naturally occurring ecosystems, biodiversity, and coastal resilience, and improving awareness of climate change adaptation among its beneficiaries. The Climate Adaptation Program Manager  provides leadership and support for all aspects of NBS conservation work undertaken in the Caribbean Division, including site-based conservation actions, application of new science, stewardship and community relations, and policy change that enables NBS as a strategy in locations where TNC is working in the Caribbean. . 

The Climate Adaptation Program Manager provides technical and program support for implementation of the Caribbean Division’s Climate Strategy. This role coordinates, designs, and supports delivery of the Caribbean Division’s climate adaptation strategies and priority projects that advance the role of nature and NBS, working to restore coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass as essential tools for addressing climate impacts and promoting long-term resilience in communities and the tourism sector  impacted by climate change. The Climate Adaptation Program Manager will lead the Caribbean Division to foster and develop key partnerships with public and private organizations including government agencies, NGOs, corporations, professional societies, foundations, the academic community and other groups, in order to maintain the Caribbean Division as a trusted and influential partner on climate adaptation and NBS throughout the Caribbean. In coordination with the Caribbean External Affairs Director, geographic Program Directors , and Science team, this position will engage with relevant government agencies, National Climate Change Councils and other regional and sub-regional agencies involved in climate adaptation to build relationships, provide technical support, and influence effective decision making guided by scientific tools, models, analyses, and expert advice. The Climate Adaptation Program Manager will establish TNC as a major conservation partner within the Caribbean’s climate space, define conservation priorities in the area of responsibility, lead and manage a team which supports and improves conservation efforts, and build strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field.  By developing key partnerships with public and private organizations, climate adaptation solutions and best practices will be collaboratively identified and widely communicated based on innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks that address the natural system needs while engaging community support in local conservation efforts.  An essential function will be the negotiation of complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and conservation partners to conserve and protect natural communities and develop and implement conservation strategies. The Climate Adaptation Program Manager will serve as a liaison to Global Climate Adaptation team and other TNC programs as appropriate, engaging with these groups as needed to inform and implement strategy and ensuring the flow of key information.


  • Provides division-wide leadership, direction, maintenance, and coordination for the Climate Adaptation Strategy.
  • Provides coordination across a portfolio of climate adaptation projects and helps to elevate related adaptation priorities in collaboration with key agencies and partners.
  • Supports program objectives by working in a complex environment across all business units and strategies in the Caribbean Division. 
  • Manages targeted, climate-specific working groups across the Caribbean Division to enhance capacity and effectiveness and craft a consistent strategic message and approach.
  • Drives strategy implementation and management, including building a strategic workplan and coordinating the business unit staff who will need to be engaged in implementing the work.
  • Responds to requests from internal partners to provide content for the development of regional funding proposals
  • Writes requests for proposal (RFPs) for grant/contract funding for program.
  • Leads the development of funding proposals and works closely with Business Units to track and manage progress toward implementation of climate-related projects.
  • Builds cooperation from partners and outside parties to accomplish Climate project specific goals
  • Serves as the primary spokesperson for the Division on Climate Strategy to internal and external audiences (including staff, volunteers, the Board of Trustees, public and private donors, government agencies and officials, community leaders, and partner organizations).
  • Frequently makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context                        
  • Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget. 
  • Negotiates complex agreements, in a political environment.                                                                                      


  • BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in climate adaptation in the Caribbean or in Small Island Developing States and working knowledge of related marine conservation, coastal management, freshwater and watershed conservation strategies.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in climate adaptation, climate resilience, NBS and related disciplines, particularly at the intersection of nature conservation, public and private finance, and humanitarian sectors.
  • Experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation strategies and plans.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.   
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance of teams.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.                                    


  • Multi-lingual (Spanish and/or French a plus) and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills to diverse internal and external audiences, with the ability to create and communicate vision and strategy in a compelling manner.
  • 7-10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Knowledge of regional and national agencies and programs that potentially interface with and fund climate adaptation programs and projects. 
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation 
  • purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
  • Experience leading without authority.
  • Politically savvy.


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