External Affairs Senior Manager

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Jakarta, Indonesia 🇮🇩


Jakarta, Indonesia


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. 

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The External Affairs Senior Manager develops, coordinates and/or implements strategies to achieve the YKAN’s goals through interaction with governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and/or embassies.


YKAN has been working to support improved practices and policy of terrestrial and ocean programs in Indonesia since 2014. The External Affairs Senior Manager plans, develops, implements, and coordinates comprehensive external affairs initiatives for YKAN to affect government policy and regulations at national level to further the YKAN mission. Duties include regular contacts with government officials at national level regarding matters pertaining to regulatory actions related to terrestrial and ocean programs. They serve as YKAN primary contact to government agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and/or embassies related to terrestrial and ocean programs.

This includes the following functions:

Relationship Building & Partnership

  • Manages the external affairs aspects of YKAN’s programming with external stakeholders in accordance with the MoU of YKAN and associated technical/cooperation agreements (e.g. government, academics, business associations, corporations, civil society organizations).
  • Manages relationships with the Indonesian Government as required under the SOP for engagement with public sector entities and ensures compliance with the SOP for Lobbying.
  • Serves in particular as a focal point to the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of State Own Enterprise, Environmental Fund Management Agency (BPDLH), Ministry of Home Affairs, Peatland and Mangrove Restoration Agency (BRGM), as well as relevant bilateral and multilateral agencies, and embassies.
  • Serves as a focal point to TNC Global and Asia Pacific teams on policy- and public funding-related matters that they handle.

Policy Work

  • Addresses complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and embassies to advance and influence policies related to green financing, impact investment, and environmental fund allocation and management,  which included, among others, green climate fund (GCF), global environment fund (GEF), debt-for-nature swap, village fund allocation to support natural resource management, allocation of CSR money of the state owned enterprises to support conservation, etc.
  • Promotes YKAN terrestrial and oceans work and secures on-going commitment and policy support from key government, bilateral and multilateral agencies to YKAN terrestrial and ocean work that would enable YKAN and its partners in different locations to tap GCF, GEF, debt-for-nature swap, environmental fund managed by BPDLH, CSR money of the state owned enterprises to support natural resource management for mangrove restoration etc.
  • Supports the engagement of Indonesian policymakers in international policy dialogue.
  • Produce and/or support formulation of policy papers to promote YKAN conservation work particularly on green financing, impact investment, and environmental fund.

Public Funding

  • Develops and implements external relation strategies to increase YKAN visibility to secure public funding to support the development and growth of YKAN.
  • Works closely with key YKAN staff to inform them and increase their understanding of the range of public funding opportunities and to assist in successfully leveraging those opportunities.
  • Develops content and provide inputs for concept notes and proposals development.


  • Develops TORs, draft contracts for various consultant.
  • Oversees consultant’s activities and performances.

The External Affairs Senior Manager reports to the YKAN Executive Director and is based in Jakarta.


  • Supervises administrative and/or professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.
  • Support program objectives by working in a complex matrix organization environment and works collaboratively within a cross-functional interdisciplinary team.
  • Ensures that program meets all lobbying, contractual and legal regulations and standards.
  • Develops and implements multi-year fundraising strategies, and goals.
  • Effectively directs and or participates in negotiations for complex, high profile or sensitive agreements
  • Develops relationships and works effectively with corporate, government, community, and non-governmental organization partners.
  • Applies a diversified knowledge of practices to support Conservancy strategies.
  • Acts independently within broad program goals.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Communicates professionally with a wide variety of people from different cultures.
  • Prepares and presents project proposals and negotiates with bilateral and multilateral agencies and/or the business and corporate sector, to achieve program goals.  
  • Accountable to persuasively convey the Conservancy mission to diverse groups including key legislators, government officials and others who are critical to the Conservancy’s overall public funding strategies.
  • Works in partnership with other organizations in a collaborative and consultative or advisory capacity.
  • YKAN may, from time to time, assign the Employee to another location(s) in accordance with the requirements of the Employee’s job description and/or YKAN’s operational needs. The Employee agrees to work in such other work location(s) in Indonesia.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, business or related field and 6 (six) years of senior management level experience in government relations, corporate sector, or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Fluency in English verbal and written.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated relationship building skills.
  • Proven negotiation skills. Having experience in negotiating complex high profile or sensitive agreements.
  • Proven written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Analytical and project management experience. Demonstrated experience in successfully developing and implementing complex projects in an unstructured environment.
  • Experience developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
  • Direct experience working with partners and government agencies.


  • Multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Master’s degree will be a value added.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with mid to senior-level individuals within the government, bilateral and multilateral funding agencies, and embassies.
  • Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships with governments, corporations, partners, donors, volunteers, and all levels of staff.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.


To apply for job ID 50036, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected].

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 people 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.

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