NCS Roadmap Program Manager

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

NCS Roadmap Program Manager

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.


Conservation International’s (CI) ‘Exponential Roadmap for Natural Climate Solutions’ seeks to urgently and rapidly accelerate natural climate solutions (NCS) uptake and implementation globally. A multi-million dollar and multi-year endeavor, that is creating bridges between research, policy, finance, and conservation, it nevertheless seeks significant iterative progress on much shorter timescales, given the urgency of delivering NCS on the ground and at a massive scale, if we are to keep 1.5°C within reach.

The NCS Roadmap Program Manager is a critical position, based in the Moore Center for Science (MCS), responsible for coordinating the rapidly growing Roadmap program and team both internally (across multiple CI Divisions) and, increasingly, externally. The Roadmap Manager provides active management support to the Roadmap Managing Director and key Roadmap staff, across all levels of the organization (including the executive level). The successful applicant will have demonstrated program management experience in the conservation or development sectors, be highly resourceful and able to fulfill a range of program management functions, and have excellent people management and coordination skills. The NCS Roadmap program represents an exciting opportunity for the successful applicant to gain invaluable insight and experience in a major program of work, with an opportunity to grow and expand as a professional over time.


  • Actively participates in Roadmap program design and strategy development.
  • Manages the Roadmap team’s accountability for timelines and deliverables for all Roadmap workstreams.
  • Ensures meetings are scheduled, follow-up communicated, and progress tracked.
  • Organizes and coordinates internal/external workshops and workflow, both at CI HQ in Arlington, Virginia, and in partnership with CI’s country programs, as needed.
  • Coordinates with finance and operations and other relevant staff (e.g., grant management staff) from across CI, to manage the technical and administrative side of the program, including external grants and contracts.
  • Supports the development of fundraising proposals and works with colleagues to ensure all donor requirements are met (e.g., interim reporting).
  • Supports colleagues in the development of Roadmap communications materials and can represent the Roadmap internally and, if necessary, externally, in lieu of senior staff.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • This position is based in Arlington, VA.
  • Typical office environment.
  • Travel up to 25% of the time.
  • 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 in biology, environmental science, international development, or related field.
  • 4 to 6 years of related work experience (or a combination of education and experience).
  • Full command of project management and evaluation frameworks and tools, preferably in a conservation or development context.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and compile information rapidly and effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships and communications both inside and outside an organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage “up” for individuals with limited time and competing demands.
  • Detailed-oriented and demonstrated project management skills.
  • Familiarity with climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and other information associated with nature-based climate mitigation opportunities.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with diverse peoples and cultures.


  • Graduate-level study or Master’s degree.
  • Proven ability to assist in fundraising and the strategies that led to fundraising success.
  • Experience working with both internal staff and external partners in project management to date.
  • Interpersonal skills needed for successful project management (e.g. ability to effectively push others above pay grade to deliver on commitments).
  • Familiarity with natural climate solutions (NCS) as a type of nature-based solution (NBS) that is focused on climate mitigation outcomes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including general research and synthesis skills to support the development of written products.
  • A high degree of self-motivation and ability to simplify complex problems and “think out of the box.”
  • Demonstrated skills as a strong team worker.
  • Willingness to learn new skills.
  • Basic Spanish, Portuguese or French is desirable.

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

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