Restoration Partnerships Manager

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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29 days ago

Restoration Partnerships 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.

POSITION SUMMARY - This position is based in Arlington, VA

As a core component of its Climate Strategy, Conservation International has set ambitious targets for scaling restoration globally as a climate solution. The Restoration Partnerships Manager works with the Global Restoration Lead to build the networks and partnerships that will allow CI to amplify a range of approaches to achieve these targets. These include managing multi-country restoration programs, supporting portfolio expansion via project identification and development, building restoration partnerships, and building and managing global frameworks and planning processes to align and communicate within the restoration movement worldwide.

The Restoration Partnerships Manager strengthens key partnerships to implement CI’s global strategy for restoration through facilitating CI’s leadership in key global networks, initiatives, and institutions, such as those supported through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Green Climate Fund (GCF), and U . N . Decade for Ecosystem Restoration. They drive engagements to deliver action and impact and work with Conservation International’s partners to develop global strategy and translate that into impact on the ground, as well as bringing CI’s experience in direct restoration work around the world to the fore in informing global restoration frameworks and initiatives. The successful candidate may also lead and support other projects involving Conservation International's mission and fill other roles as needed for the team's success.

To be successful, the Restoration Partnerships Manager needs extensive knowledge and experience in ecosystem restoration partnerships and initiative management, as well as demonstrated experience working productively with external partners in the private sector, government, civil society, and international institutions like the GEF and GCF. They must have an interest in working with multiple collaborators simultaneously to successfully fulfill CI’s strategy for implementing restoration at scale through coordination worldwide.

The Restoration Partnerships Manager works closely with Center for Natural Climate Solutions colleagues, with other key thought leaders across CI global centers, regional divisions, and country programs, and with Conservation International partners worldwide. They report directly to the Global Restoration Lead in the Center for Natural Climate Solutions.


Program Management:

  • Oversee the day-to-day management and administration of multi-country restoration initiatives and frameworks , often in collaboration with large institutions like the GEF and GCF
  • Refine and implement clear criteria for restoration project identification, feasibility assessment, and project design.
  • Support the tracking, monitoring, and reporting of activities from the country level to the institutional level.
  • Coordinate participation by CI and partner staff (as appropriate) in the co-creation and collaboration on a shared programmatic approach to restoration and program rollout
  • Develop and manage global restoration portfolios in collaboration with GEF, GCF, or other key organizational partners, identifying and overcoming barriers to scaling and success.
  • Build and maintain key relationships aligned with CI’s restoration goals including with peer organizations, networks, and coalitions at multiple levels (global, regional, national)
  • Organize events, workshops, and meetings collaboratively with partners to advance progress toward key program and CI restoration goal perspectives
  • Attend relevant external events on behalf of CI.


  • Direct the compilation of and collaboration on joint research and products related to advancing restoration program objectives.
  • Develop strategies and tools for successfully implementing and monitoring restoration projects, in collaboration with country programs and other CI or partner staff.
  • Develop innovative research products and multilateral partnerships that shape restoration as a global climate solution, drive enhanced funding and resources towards restoration, and contribute to the advancement of CI and partners’ expertise and credibility on restoration issues.

Capacity Building:

  • Provide targeted restoration capacity-building support and trainings to restoration project teams.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships between project restoration teams, the Center for Natural Climate Solutions, and other CI staff and partners.
  • Support project restoration teams in accessing the resources necessary for successful implementation.
  • Coordinate communication and resource-sharing among restoration projects, including but not limited to support on country-specific restoration strategy development, monitoring and evaluation, staff and partner trainings, and in-field progress assessments.


  • Travel time up to 35%.
  • 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 environmental studies, policy, management; or similar, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience, preferably with a focus on large-scale restoration portfolio management, GEF and GCF projects, and convening of restoration actors across diverse and challenging contexts.
  • Project management experience working with multiple collaborators and institutions simultaneously to achieve ambitious, specific, and time-bound commitments.
  • Strong proficiency with excel and other project-tracking software and workflows.
  • Ability to effectively work in a team across the full diversity of CI’s global organization.
  • Experience convening a broad range of individuals and organizing events in multiple contexts.
  • Demonstrated track record of working effectively with multicultural, multidisciplinary teams to produce concrete results.
  • Experience in project management, coalition-building, and fieldwork in restoration.
  • Strong capacity to navigate diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges and opportunities.
  • Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.


  • Master's degree
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, spatial data analysis, and/or safeguards.
  • Ability to communicate in French, Portuguese, and/or Spanish.

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

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