Blue Bonds Strategy Advisor

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)



Arlington, Virginia, USA

Location flexible internationally


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. 

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. The idea behind our Blue Bonds for Conservation strategy is simple: transforming debt into conservation action. In support for a country’s commitment to protect up to 30% or more of its coastal waters, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) sets up deals using a portfolio of financial mechanisms such as debt restructuring or issuance of new debt, directing new resources to protect reefs, fisheries, coastal wetlands and other ocean habitats.


The Blue Bonds Strategy Advisor assists in the development and implementation of a key global strategy at TNC – Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation.  This one of TNC’s newest innovative solutions, supporting island and coastal nations to use innovative financial mechanisms such as restructuring debt to create long-term sustainable financing for marine protections, sustainable economic development and climate change.  The Blue Bonds Strategy Advisor helps drive the development and implementation of the overall business plan to achieve planned marine conservation outcomes. They connect the work between several internal strategy teams including NatureVest, External Affairs, and TNC’s regional marine conservation programs in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, to support coordination and implementation among the site-based projects. They report to the Director of Global Ocean Protection.  * The location for this position is negotiable within countries where there is an existing TNC office. No relocation or immigration assistance is offered with this position.


The Blue Bonds Strategy Advisor supports the strategy leadership by managing priority projects and workstreams and serves as a technical resource on relevant global strategies including supporting complex negotiations and financial structures needed for Blue Bonds projects.  They serve as a key liaison and informational contact between the global strategy team and other TNC staff, as well as external actors, including government agencies, corporations, NGO, and other groups as applicable.  They track and/or assess corporate practices, governmental policies and decisions, and/or the practices or views of other stakeholders concerning the Blue Bonds strategy and priority projects and their potential impact on organizational conservation goals to make recommendations for adapting the strategy.  They advise TNC communications, marketing and philanthropy staff on issues related to the global strategy or priority project(s) and related issues and help ensure that TNC’s internal and external communications accurately reflect the strategy and conservation goals. They may act as expertise outside of their team on other priority strategy teams within TNC. 


  • Manages to the Blue Bonds Strategy Plan, creates an effective team structure, workplan and internal enabling conditions for Blue Bonds; responsible for team cohesion, finding efficiencies and capacity building.
  • Facilitates the project prioritization process and manages the Blue Bonds Strategy Design Team to develop and execute a portfolio of Blue Bonds projects.
  • Works across TNC as the connecting agent between several matrixed internal teams, finds opportunities and create strategic high-value connections to other TNC strategies and departments, to foster and maintain collaboration, communication and a sense of “team.”
  • May serve as a project manager or team lead for Blue Bonds or other related projects where there is limited in-country staff capacity where there is limited or no direct supervisory authority.
  • With the Director of Ocean Protection, serves as a key liaison and informational contact between the Blue Bonds strategy teams and external actors, including funders, government agencies, NGOs and funders..
  • Leads the development of reports to donors, the Blue Bonds strategy steering committee, and other TNC leadership that require content, input, and approval from several internal teams.
  • Assists Director of Ocean Protection in adaptive management and reporting on the broader portfolio of Ocean conservation where protection tools (like Blue Bonds) are used to achieve ocean protection.  
  • May supervise and develop direct reports.
  • Works within a budget to complete projects, negotiates and contracts with vendors and assists with budget development.
  • Once travel is approved for TNC employees, may involve U.S. domestic and international travel at 25%.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, business, public policy, international relations, international development, social science, natural science, ecology or related field and at least 5 years related experience, or equivalent combination.
  • Experience leading a team or teams.
  • Experience with complex project management, including meeting deliverable, due dates and financial obligations.
  • Experience in research, critical analysis, and evaluating information from divergent sources and compiling it into cohesive reports.
  • Experience writing and editing promotional and informational material.
  • Experience presenting to and/or communicating with government or legislative staff, community or business leaders, program leadership and/or similar audiences.
  • Ability to lead or engage in complex negotiations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to create and/or manage financial structures.


  • Master’s degree plus 7 years’ experience or equivalent combination. 
  • Experience that demonstrates l analytical thinking and excellent English writing skills.
  • Experience related to international business, governmental, and/or environmental policy and practices pertaining to conservation finance related to the Blue Bonds strategy is highly desired.
  • Experience developing and drive new ideas and approaches. 
  • Experience working in a highly matrixed, decentralized and collaborative organization.   
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment and meeting time sensitive deadlines. 
  • NGO and/or corporate relations experience a strong plus.
  • Ability to write and speak in a language other than English, such as Spanish, Portuguese, French or Chinese, highly desirable.
  • Experienced in complex negotiations highly desired.