Blue Carbon Program Manager

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Conservation International

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30 days ago

Blue Carbon 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.

POSITION SUMMARY - This position is open to Arlington-VA, Seattle- WA, or other US locations or offices in the Americas.

Conservation International (CI) is a global leader in using nature-based solutions to combat climate change. Over the last decade, CI has developed a comprehensive program focused on the conservation and restoration of high-carbon ecosystems (specifically through our Blue Carbon and Irrecoverable Carbon programs) based on their mitigation and adaptation value. CI is rapidly expanding its portfolio within these programs with the goal of incentivizing the conservation and restoration of high-carbon ecosystems at scale through carbon-related finance, sustainable production, and improved human well-being.

The Blue Carbon and Irrecoverable Carbon programs are managed together under the VP for Blue Carbon within the Center for Natural Climate Solutions. CI’s Blue Carbon Program Manager will oversee aspects of the day-to-day running and success of the Blue Carbon Program’s body of work, including providing leadership support, guidance, and strategic direction, facilitating communication and learning, managing data and information, and developing tracking systems for partner interactions, budget, work plans, and donor reporting.

The Program Manager will ensure project results meet high-quality standards and project deliverables are completed on time and within budget. They will establish the project work plan including staffing and capacity-building needs. Not responsible for directly supervising others but may lead small ad-hoc teams and act as a technical resource to others. Duties are performed under general direction.

The Manager will work in close collaboration with all of CI’s country programs, other teams within the Center for Natural Climate Solutions, the Center for Oceans, Moore Center for Science, Conservation Finance Division, Center for Communities and Conservation, and others across CI as well as external partners to ensure successful completion and maximum integration of high-carbon ecosystem projects at CI.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) program for the team.
  • Actively reach out to specific individuals and teams to spur action, as well as ensure an effective flow of information and resources between key staff and partners.
  • Oversee and ensure effective management of the Blue Carbon Program’s activities including work plan development, budget monitoring, operational logistic support, procurement, and reporting.
  • Establish and maintain programmatic systems for tracking partner relationships, budgets, project progress, and progression toward goals.
  • Provide advice on program management, identify trends and corrective actions to resolve problems, and ensure future efficiencies. Help identify tools, resources, and training that will facilitate program success.
  • Maintain and update the Blue Carbon Programs pipeline of projects with new information as it becomes available and ensure alignment of the pipeline with other efforts to track projects related to natural climate solutions across the institution
  • Ensure CI standards and principles are represented and incorporated into project deliverables and are following funding agreements and local requirements.
  • Manage the preparation of donor reporting summaries and project narratives. Collaborate with finance, operations, and development staff on project reporting.
  • Represent the organization externally and serve as a trusted point of contact for CI.
  • Perform additional related duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Provide additional support to the Vice President of the Blue Carbon Program in her role as CI representative to the Global Mangrove Alliance, the Blue Carbon Buyers Alliance, and the Blue Carbon Suppliers Alliance.
  • Re-establish, contribute thought leadership, and provide management assistance to CI’s Blue Carbon Network Team.
  • Review and copy-edit documents as needed.
  • Manage scheduling and set up important calls/meetings related to program development.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Normal working environment, hybrid to completely remote depending on location, estimated international travel 10-15% (sometimes in tough conditions), Ability to work outside the normal work schedule to meet project deadlines.
  • Expected to be a 2-year assignment.
  • 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 up to four years of college-level work, with 5 or more years of project or program management experience.
  • Proven experience in developing work plans and budgets, preferably in the conservation, NGO, advocacy, or related for-profit arena.
  • Ability to diagnose problems quickly and identify solutions.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Team player and able to work effectively with diverse groups in a multicultural environment.
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills. Proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, multitask, set priorities, and deliver quality results.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under general supervision.
  • Project manager certification or equivalent would be an asset – Ideally PMD pro and MEAL PMD


  • Fluent in one of CI’s core languages, preferably Spanish or French.
  • International experience and working across all time zones.
  • Must be organized, self-motivated, and work well with minimal oversight.

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