Director, Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Director, Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program

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 open to CI Offices Globally preferably Arlington-VA, Nairobi-Kenya, Bogota-Colombia, or Quito-Ecuador. Please view a full list of our Global Offices here.

The Program Director is responsible for providing strategic oversight and programmatic direction for a program. They are responsible for overall program management and ensuring that program strategies, initiatives, and outcomes advance Conservation International’s (CI’s) human development and conservation priorities. Duties are diverse and include designing and implementing program and conservation strategies, project management, technical oversight and monitoring, and capacity building . The Program Director ensures compliance with CI policies, program and funding agreements, and local requirements.

The Program Director plays a key role in securing program funding, developing project proposals, and managing funding relationships with key partners. They regularly represent CI and build alliances and engage key external stakeholders including government and non-government officials, donors, and other parties critical to program success. The Program Director works closely with staff throughout CI to ensure the program forms an integral part of achieving organization-wide goals. They identify capacity gaps and implement measures to build capacity both internally and with external partners.

The Program Director directly manages staff, interdisciplinary teams, and/or outside partners. They work with a high degree of independence.


  • Develop program strategies, objectives, work plans, and metrics.
  • Oversee and implement program activities and manage the program and technical staff.
  • Monitor, measure, interpret, and share results on a regular basis. Distribute financial and progress reports; identify and
  • implement refinements in work plans and strategies.
  • Work across units to ensure that program activities are aligned with CI’s conservation and division priorities.
  • Ensure program compliance with CI policies, funding agreements, and local requirements.
  • Identify capacity-building needs. Implement and monitor efforts to address capacity gaps.
  • Lead information sharing and cross-collaboration. Build stakeholder understanding and support through proactive communication efforts including fact sheets, statistics, and related communication materials.
  • Hold conferences and other learning events to share best practices and lessons learned.
  • Effectively engage stakeholders including donors, government and NGOs, technical colleagues, and other partners important to program success.
  • Represent the organization externally. Serve as a trusted and visible point of contact for CI.
  • Identify opportunities for program growth and development.
  • Play a lead role in ensuring program financial sustainability by identifying funding opportunities. Regularly partner with CI and HQ staff on funding proposals and regional/global fundraising efforts.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Local and/or international travel of 30% or more, often in difficult travel conditions.
  • Ability to work in remote locations or under difficult working conditions
  • This is a hybrid position. 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.



  • Bachelor’s Degree and 7 or more years of related work experience.
  • Experience demonstrating increasing responsibility in designing and developing programs with indigenous peoples around leadership and learning.
  • 2 or more years of experience supervising others including multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Program or project management experience, preferably in the global conservation, NGO, advocacy, or related for-profit arena.
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Team player and able to work effectively with diverse workgroups in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A record of success in influencing and partnering with key stakeholders and raising funds.
  • Proven ability to multitask and meet priorities. Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under minimal supervision.
  • Fluency in English is required.


  • Advanced degree.
  • Be a member of or have significant experience working with indigenous and traditional peoples.
  • Broad network of relationships with Indigenous and traditional peoples
  • Spanish, French, or Portuguese.
  • Indigenous peoples are encouraged to apply.

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