Program Manager, Natural Climate Solutions Roadmap

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Program Manager, Natural Climate Solutions Roadmap

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.


Our planet is 1.2°C hotter today than it was at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, and, without an immediate course correction, we have 50/50 odds of surpassing 1.5°C in the next five years. Though we’ve seen recent progress in the decarbonization of the energy sector, this alone will not be enough to stabilize Earth’s climate. We must also halt the destruction of nature. Each year, destructive land-use practices are responsible for 12 Gt in net emissions, or 25% of total emissions.

The Exponential Roadmap for Natural Climate Solutions is a first-of-its-kind blueprint for maximizing nature’s climate-stabilizing potential. To limit planetary warming, we must reach net-zero land-sector emissions by 2030, then reach 10 Gt of annual negative emissions by 2050. This is a big goal, but the Roadmap lays out quantified action tracks to describe what a range of actors — from farmers and ranchers to heads of state and corporate executives — must do to quickly scale action.

A multi-million dollar and multi-year endeavor to connect research, policy, finance, and conservation, the Roadmap seeks significant iterative progress on rapid timescales, given the urgency of delivering NCS on the ground and at a massive scale. Implementing the Roadmap will not only help stabilize our climate but will also protect wildlife, promote health, grow local economies, and build resilience in the face of a rapidly changing world.

The Program Manager, Natural Climate Solutions Roadmap, is based in CI’s Moore Center for Science (MCS). This role coordinates the rapidly growing Roadmap initiative and team across all levels of the organization, including the executive level, and will also represent the Roadmap with a range of external partners. The successful applicant will have demonstrated program management experience in the climate, nature conservation, or development sectors, along with excellent people management and coordination skills, and be highly resourceful and able to fulfill a wide range of program management functions. Ideally, the candidate will fuse program management skills with technical expertise in one or more dimensions of the nature and climate space.

The successful applicant will gain frontline insight and experience in natural climate solutions and their integration into the broader suite of nature-based solutions and play a critical role in the application of applied research to help drive transformation in policy and practice, with a significant opportunity to grow and expand as a professional over time.


  • Participate in Roadmap program design and strategy development.
  • Manage the Roadmap team’s accountability for timelines and deliverables for all Roadmap workstreams.
  • Provide technical support (analytical and/or policy-based) for relevant components of Roadmap workstreams.
  • Organize and coordinate internal/external workshops and workflow, both at CI HQ in Arlington, Virginia and in partnership with CI’s country programs, across the global tropics, as needed.
  • Coordinate with finance and operations and other relevant staff from across CI to manage the technical and administrative side of the program, including external grants and contracts.
  • Support the development of fundraising proposals and work with colleagues to ensure all donor requirements are met.
  • Support colleagues in the development of Roadmap communications materials.
  • Ensure meetings are scheduled, follow-up communicated, and progress tracked.
  • 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), with a preference for expertise and experience at the climate-nature nexus.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and other topics associated with nature-based climate mitigation.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with diverse people and cultures.


  • Graduate-level study or Master’s degree.
  • Proven ability to assist in fundraising and the strategies that lead to fundraising success.
  • Experience working with both internal staff and external partners in project management.
  • Significant 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.
  • Demonstrated skill as a strong team worker.
  • Willingness to learn new skills.
  • Basic Spanish, Portuguese, or French.

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

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