Philippines Policy Senior Manager

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Conservation International

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Quezon City, Philippines

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30+ days ago

Philippines Policy Senior Manager

Project Site/Duty Station : Quezon City, Philippines

Division/Program : Asia Pacific Field Division/Philippines

Application Deadline : 31 August 2022

Type of Contract : Fixed Term, Full Time

Starting Date : 01 September 2022

Expected Duration : 2 years

Conservation International Philippines Foundation, Inc. (CIPFI) is an Affiliate of CI, a US-based environmental non-profit organization. Our mission is “Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity.” CIPFI applies innovations in science, economics, policy, and community participation to protect the earth’s richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Conservation International (CI) believes that getting the right policy-based framework composed of national and local laws, rules, regulations under a rights-based framework, is essential to achieving our mission to
“empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity”. Policies to harness the immediate potential of natural climate solutions (NCS) are essential to addressing global climate change and this position will have a heavy focus on informing such policies in the region. At the same time, ambitious global policies on how we manage biodiversity, and the high seas will be developed over the next few years and the countries of the Asia Pacific Region will be an important voice in how they are formulated and implemented.

The Philippines Policy Senior Manager will have the opportunity to be a part of a Global Policy and

Government Affairs (GPGA) team that leads CI’s engagement in international policy arenas and works directly with Regional Senior Policy Director and CI Philippine country programs to implement key policies at the national level. The Policy Senior Manager will be based in Philippines to support the country team in providing technical assistance in drafting and developing NCS, REDD+, climate change, biodiversity, and fisheries and oceans policies, and as well as emerging international policy priorities for the country. The Philippines Policy Senior Manager will also be working closely with the CCNCS Policy and Governance Advisor. This position will also build advocacies and partnerships to develop enabling conditions for the adoption of these policy goals.

S/he is expected to have a minimum of 5 years of related work experience, preferably in the conservation or government arena and hold at least a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, politics, or related fields.

This post has reporting lines to the CI Philippines (CIP) Policy and Governance Advisor and the CIP Country Executive Director.

S/he will be responsible for working with the CIP country program and engage the national/subnational governments to develop policy recommendations and implement strategies to influence the design of domestic policy frameworks related to NCS and REDD+. As a secondary priority, s/he will be responsible for supporting CIP country program to build policy analysis and engage their governments on their positions for global negotiations on other emerging priorities in the international policy arena (e.g., climate, biodiversity, and oceans). S/he will have the opportunity to leverage Conservation International’s strong foundation in policy engagement in Philippines as well as in the GPGA and Asia Pacific Field Division (APFD) teams.


  • In collaboration with GPGA and APFD policy teams, support CIP country program to develop policy recommendations and design and implement strategies to influence the design of enabling conditions, policy frameworks, and safeguards to facilitate the development and delivery of high quality NCS credits and REDD+ nesting for domestic and international markets in Philippines.
  • In consultation with CIP and the GPGA, develop a work plan outlining national priorities for climate, biodiversity and oceans, aligning with the APFD and GPGA’s priorities.
  • Develop a policy engagement plan to promote high quality NCS credits using the community, conservation and NCS framework at the national and global level.
  • In collaboration with GPGA and APFD policy teams, support CIP country program to develop analysis and influence governments’ positions on key elements of the global negotiations on climate, biodiversity, and oceans policies.
  • Support collaboration with external partners to create a shared policy guidance or position for national governments related to CI’s climate, biodiversity and ocean policy priorities
  • Plan and track programmatic activities to comply with international donor requirements and reporting.
  • Facilitate linkages amongst relevant CIP country program partners and networks, through coalition building, working groups or other approaches, to advance policy work on climate, biodiversity, and oceans (such as Club REDD, Global Mangrove Alliance, etc.)
  • Develop ways and means to ensure that policy recommendations on climate, biodiversity, and oceans are inclusively arrived at/or consulted with relevant stakeholders and supported by a consistent feedback mechanism
  • Regularly provide updates and analysis to CIP country program on national and global developments climate, biodiversity, and ocean, identifying policy opportunities and threats, and leading advise how to respond these.


  • Maintain records for project documentation and donor reporting
  • Support fund raising initiatives and handle development opportunities and inquiries as may be directed by the CED
  • Other complementary duties as assigned by supervisor such as overseeing interns or developing proposals
  • Liaise with public and private sector partners.
  • Present and speak publicly at events and conferences in the region


  • Minimum 5 years related work experience
  • Bachelor's degree in international relations, conservation science, climate, policy, economics or development related field and at least 2 years of specialized professional experience in topics related to climate change, carbon pricing mechanisms, and national and international policy processes.
  • Demonstrated capacity for policy analysis and understanding of policy processes and strategy for influencing them.
  • Working knowledge of climate policy.
  • Able to work independently and in a team setting, including with remote teams.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Filipino and English.
  • Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills, able to form collaborative working relationships with multiple groups internal and external to the organization.
  • Experienced and confident at high level meetings, panels, conferences, workshops, events and presentations.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills that can be adapted to a wide variety of people of different cultures and backgrounds -- CI staff, government officials, indigenous and local community leaders, the press, partners, donors, etc.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage time and diverse activities.
  • Comfortable working across cultures.


  • Established relationships in the climate change, biodiversity, and/or conservation policy community.
  • Working knowledge of international biodiversity, climate change, and ocean (high seas) policy.

Prior experience in these arenas are not necessary, but require an understanding of international policy processes.

  • Fluency in a second regional language would be beneficial (Bahasa).
  • Experience leading and/or participating on an effective team.


  • Solid attention to detail.
  • Ability to function well in a multicultural, diverse, and fast-paced work team environment.
  • Comfortable managing multiple duties and adapting to changing priorities.
  • Service focus. Courteous, tactful, and proven ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to work under general supervision and take initiative to solve problems under supervisor direction.
  • Familiar and comfortable with Microsoft Office and Adobe software

Working Conditions:

(in keeping with Philippine Government and CIPFI regulations health and safety regulations during

COVID-19 pandemic)

  • This position is based in the Philippines.
  • Position requires up to 25% domestic and international travel.
  • This is a fast-paced work environment that will require regular early morning or evening work for phone calls with CI programs in other time zones.

CI Values: We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.
Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.
Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.
Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.
Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

Kindly send letter of intent with your resumé that will include three references, including their email and contact numbers on or before 31 August 2022.

Job Type: Full-time
Contract length: 24 months


  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Quezon City: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Application Deadline: 08/31/2022
Expected Start Date: 09/01/2022