Senior Manager, Indigenous Negotiations, and Inclusive Technology

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Senior Manager, Indigenous Negotiations, and Inclusive Technology

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

The Senior Manager, Indigenous Negotiations, and Inclusive Technology is a key contributor to CI’s inclusive partnerships with Indigenous peoples and local communities. The Senior Manager supports a diverse set of activities and works to ensure that program outcomes and goals further Conservation International’s (CI’s) human well-being and conservation priorities. Duties include developing and implementing program and conservation strategies, project management, technical oversight, monitoring, and capacity building. The Senior Manager should serve as a technical resource on indigenous and local community (IPLC) issues in conservation both within CI and beyond.

This role works across CI to build strong relationships to advance program initiatives. They represent CI and work to build alliances with community and external stakeholders who are critical to program success, such as partnerships with Indigenous peoples' organizations, NGOs, governments, and UN agencies focused on indigenous and local community issues in conservation

The Program Manager supports the program’s financial well-being by playing a role in identifying program funding sources and developing and managing funding relationships with partners and prospects. They work with program and HQ staff on proposals and funding initiatives.


Strategy & Program Design

  • Assess and strengthen work plans, strategies, and objectives for both the Indigenous Negotiations and Inclusive Tech programs and their associated projects.
  • Lead technical assistance for 1 to 2 projects in coordination with the Director and the field teams.
  • Co-design and apply metrics for success for both Negotiations and Tech programs, and monitor those programs, adapting metrics as needed.
  • Identify capacity-building needs within CI and with external colleagues and support efforts to address capacity gaps. Apply creativity and resourcefulness where needed to address gaps and implement new approaches.

Implementation & Technical Assistance

  • Lead implementation of program activities in 1 to 2 landscapes or for 1 to 2 specific projects or activities, including landscape/project/activity-level budget management and adaptive management in collaboration with field teams and operations leads.
  • Build partnerships across CI and with outside partners, serving as a representative of the program and the organization and as a trusted point of contact for CI.
  • Promote information sharing through the development of resources and training materials, including the expansion of resources related to the Indigenous Negotiations Resource Guide.
  • Build stakeholder understanding of the importance of Indigenous Negotiations and Inclusive Tech by developing fact sheets, pitch decks, statistics, and related communication materials.


  • Identify areas of potential alignment between IPLC Negotiations and Inclusive Tech work and other CI projects and strategies, to leverage existing funding effectively.
  • Contribute to program financial sustainability by identifying funding opportunities. Partner with the team and other CI staff to co-develop funding proposals to support IPLC Negotiations and Inclusive Tech programming.


  • Approximately 20% international travel and some domestic travel.
  • 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 or relevant experience in social sciences (anthropology, human geography, sociology, political science) or related field.
  • 5 to 7 years of experience related to the social dimensions of conservation in a corporate, consulting, academic, public sector, or NGO environment.
  • Proven ability to work effectively across cultures, establish and manage effective collaboration.
  • Strong organization skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage high volume and varied tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working in an international environment.


  • Master’s degree
  • Proficiency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese.
  • Knowledge and understanding of communal negotiation processes and digital equity.
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate information to partners and other stakeholder groups.
  • Resourcefulness and ability to work proactively and independently.

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