Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet.
The Director for Blue Climate Strategy is a foundational member of the Blue Climate Program within the Center for Oceans. The Director for Blue Climate Strategy is a significant contributor to defining the vision, strategy, goals, and priorities for the Blue Climate Program and, in partnership with the program technical leads, they will develop and lead the implementation of strategic international policy-based approaches and programs to achieve CI’s Blue Climate goals spanning Blue Carbon, Coastal and Ocean Adaptation, Green-Gray Infrastructure and Ocean-Climate integration. Responsibilities include project development, fundraising, implementation, communications, and broader capacity building. S/he is also key to building and securing CI’s global leadership role in priority issues including Blue Carbon and Green-Gray Infrastructure and ensuring collaborative and productive partnerships with other organizations.
The Director for Blue Climate Strategy builds consensus around CI’s blue climate policy priorities and convenes the broad internal and external coalitions and collaborations necessary to implement these priorities and associated programs. The Director for Blue Climate Strategy works closely with CI’s Policy Center to ensure tight alignment with CI’s larger international and national policy programs and priorities, including providing key technical inputs and guidance on ocean-climate-related issues. This position will work closely with teams across CI including the International Policy team, the Center for Oceans, Center for Natural Climate Solutions, and Conservation Finance Division to ensure alignment and integration of blue climate policy priorities with all related CI programs.
This position works independently, in a highly dynamic environment, with a broad range of stakeholders and disciplines. The position works with CI country programs and regional partners to achieve CI’s Blue Climate program goals through supporting domestic policy objectives in priority countries and assisting governments and partners in achieving mutually agreed-upon ocean climate policy objectives. In partnership with the Policy Division, the Director for Blue Climate Strategy is a key facilitator of priority blue climate policy actions in targeted countries, such as providing technical support for the integration of oceans into UNFCCC Nationally Determined Contributions, national climate policy, and related mechanisms such as greenhouse gas inventories, and related components of ocean policy. As such, the position is responsible for building and maintaining strong working relationships with a broad range of country staff and partners.
International Blue Climate Policy Program:
- Develop and lead strategic policy programs to achieve CI’s Blue Climate goals spanning Blue Carbon, Coastal and Ocean Adaptation, Green-Gray Infrastructure, and Ocean-Climate which integrate and align international and national policy goals.
- Lead project development, fundraising, implementation, communications, and broader capacity building for priority blue climate policy programs.
- Work closely with CI’s international policy team to ensure ocean-climate strategies and approaches are tightly aligned with international and national policy programs and priorities.
- Provide key thought leadership on ocean-climate-related policy across CI. Lead development of CI blue climate-related positions and associated policy briefs, position papers, etc.
- Lead and coordinate blue climate representation within the CI delegation to international policy meetings related to climate, oceans, and others as relevant.
- Ensure CI engagement in international policy arenas is advancing blue climate policy strategic objectives. Ensure a strong and constructive presence within international policy arenas to build and secure CI’s global leadership role in priority issues including Blue Carbon and Green-Gray Infrastructure.
- Ensure alignment and integration of the blue climate policy priorities with all related CI programs including the International Policy team, the Center for Oceans, Center for Natural Climate Solutions, and Conservation Finance Divisions.
- Develop relationships and partnerships with government representatives and like-minded organizations to accelerate and achieve CI blue climate policy objectives in close coordination with the international policy team and relevant country programs.
- Coordinate with CI partners to implement this strategy, including by organizing and rallying other organizations active in the oceans-climate arena around a shared strategy.
Blue Climate Policy Advancement in Priority Countries:
- In partnership with priority CI country programs, develop country-specific blue climate policy objectives and programs in which are aligned with and inform CIs Blue Climate and broader policy priorities.
- Facilitate priority blue climate policy actions in targeted countries, such as providing CI programs and partners with strategic technical support and/or capacity building for the integration of oceans into UNFCCC Nationally Determined Contributions, National Adaptation Plans, national climate policy, greenhouse gas inventories, NBSAPs and other related components of the ocean-climate policy.
- Provide leadership, capacity building, and targeted technical support to CI staff to engage their governments or other partners in the achievement of CI’s blue climate policy objectives.
- Ensure country-level policy programs are aligned with, inform, and advance the strategic priorities of the international blue climate policy program.
Blue Climate Program:
- Provide key leadership within the CI Blue Climate team, including as a significant contributor to defining the vision, goals, and priorities for the Blue Climate Program.
- Enthusiastically and effectively represents the broader Blue Climate program with internal and external partners.
- Provide key leadership within the CI Blue Carbon Network team, including as a member of the leadership group.
- Provide tight coordination with the Policy Division including coordinating and facilitating effective two-way communication with the Blue Climate Program and Center for Oceans.
- Provide robust contributions to strategy development, planning processes, fundraising, team initiatives/special projects (e.g., hiring committee for an open position), reporting, and communication efforts as needed.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- This position is open for consideration in all CI office locations or remote locations on a case by case basis
- Requires working remotely with colleagues in other locations.
- Occasional night and weekend work to accommodate colleagues in other time zones.
- Position requires up to 25% travel.
- Clear passion for achieving human well-being and maintaining biodiversity through conservation.
- Demonstrated superior level knowledge of and experience working in international climate and/or ocean policy mechanisms and fora.
- Demonstrated experience in strategy development, specifically including strategic policy engagement to achieve defined conservation or resource management outcomes.
- Proven success in effectively working with diverse teams across regions of the world and engaging with staff who are not direct reports to achieve program objectives.
- Program or project management experience, preferably in the global conservation, NGO, advocacy or related for-profit arena.
- A record of success partnering with, and influencing, key stakeholders and building strong partnerships across public and private sectors and civil society.
- Record of success building leadership visibility for an organization in policy-related arenas.
- High level of independence, able to assess changing situations, prioritize and meet deadlines. Adept at working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities with limited supervision.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
- Enthusiasm and capacity for learning scientific and related basis for specific conservation outcomes as needed to support policy priorities and processes.
- Ability to work effectively as a member of a highly functioning network team.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Fluency in Spanish and/or French.
- Experience working in a range of cultural settings.
To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.
See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE
Conservation International Values
We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.
- Passion: Inspired by people and by nature, we are urgently compelled to drive change for a sustainable future.
- Integrity: We are honest, transparent and accountable for our actions.
- Teamwork: We work together as one CI, recognizing that inclusion, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
- Respect: We respect each other and work to earn trust, valuing our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
- Courage: We pursue our vision, taking bold action, persevering and overcoming challenges.
- Optimism: We are optimistic about the capacity of people to be caring, generous and brilliant, and believe that with partners, we can inspire humanity to create a better future.
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled