Coordinator, Climate Strategy

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Coordinator, Climate Strategy

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.

POSITION SUMMARY - This position is based in Arlington, VA

With growing evidence that nature can provide 30% or more of the climate mitigation needed to achieve the Paris climate target, Conservation International (CI) has set ambitious targets for helping the world realize the outsized potential of nature to address climate change. Our focus is on defining and executing creative solutions at the scale and speed needed to stabilize our climate while recognizing and benefiting the communities at the heart of natural climate solutions. We seek a Coordinator, Climate
Strategy to support our climate change strategy.

The Coordinator will support critical work across the Center for Natural Climate Solution’s Climate Change Strategy team. This includes 1) supporting CI’s position as a leader, innovator, and collaborator in the field through its involvement with external events, partnerships, and coalitions; 2) enabling CI’s internal Climate and Adaptation strategies through ongoing coordination and support; and 3) supporting CI’s REDD+ strategies, which focus on reducing emissions from deforestation, preventing forest degradation, championing sustainable management of forests and catalyzing the conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in key regions and jurisdictions globally. The Coordinator reports to the Director, Climate Change Strategy.


External Strategic Events & Campaigns Support

  • Produce and maintain an ongoing annual calendar of key climate events, as well as engagement-specific calendars, including for New York Climate Week and UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)Conference of the Parties (COP).
  • Prepare communication materials (e.g., updates, readouts, summaries, announcements) and provide organization and coordination support across key CI divisions and stakeholders to enable successful event attendance and engagement.
  • Support Climate Strategy leadership by building and managing existing and new external strategic partnerships (e.g., Nature4Climate).

Natural Climate Solutions & Adaptation Strategy Support

  • Conduct research on climate adaptation by reviewing project proposals, reports, policy briefs, and/or scientific documents.
  • Support Climate Strategy leadership by drafting internal and external communication materials related to CI’s internal Climate-focused strategies, coordinating key meetings/events and capacity-building activities, and maintaining and updating knowledge-sharing resources.
  • Support coordination of multi-country or large adaptation projects, including planning climate risk screenings and vulnerability assessments and indicating associated implications.
  • Support climate project tracking to enable cross-CI insight into project pipeline and progress.

REDD+ Strategy Support

  • Support REDD+ Strategy-related communications, meetings, coalitions/partnerships, and processes, including monitoring key internal and external REDD+ activities and projects and elevating emerging developments and issues.
  • Support the REDD+ Strategy Director and Climate Policy team in developing REDD+ policy proposals and positions
  • Support the REDD+ Strategy Director on internal special REDD+ projects based on skills and interests (e.g., quantitative analysis, monitoring REDD+ media and communications, supporting strategic outreach to key REDD+ actors and partners).

Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • Typical working environment, flexibility with remote working arrangements available.
  • Guidance on flexible work arrangements will be shared during the interview process.
  • For the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community, all US-based Conservation International staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandatory vaccine requirement applies to all staff working remotely, in a hybrid work arrangement, and on-site in CI US offices. CI follows CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. Requests for reasonable accommodations or exceptions related to medical or religious reasons will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.



  • 2 to 4 years of work experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or interest in conserving nature and/or combatting climate change, via career or personal pursuits.
  • Proficiency in database operations, SharePoint, and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Advanced skills in Excel.
  • Proficiency in quantitative analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to manage multiple processes at a given time.
  • Must be organized with strong attention to detail, proofreading skills, and the ability to work independently and within a team framework.
  • Ability to function well in a multicultural, diverse, and fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a geographically dispersed team and to communicate with staff at offsite locations. This includes comfort with communicating via phone, Microsoft Teams, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a climate-, nature-, communications-, business- or quantitative analysis-related field.
  • A demonstrated passion for and interest in conservation and human development.
  • Spanish, Portuguese, or French.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled