Regional Officer, Blue Nature Alliance

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Conservation International

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Remote

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30+ days ago

Regional Officer, Blue Nature Alliance

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a global challenge. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we periodically reassess our plans to reopen our offices. For the safety of our employees, our approach is tailored to the situation in each of the 30 countries we operate in. Travel is only conducted when absolutely necessary and safe to do so. Hiring managers will provide guidance on flexible work arrangements in accordance with country-specific safety policies.

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

Conservation International, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and other private and public partners have joined together to create the Blue Nature Alliance (the Alliance) with the aim to catalyze actions to conserve 18 million square kilometers of ocean (approximately 5 percent of the global ocean. Working alongside partners, the Alliance scope of work is truly global and aims to protect global ocean biodiversity, build resilience to climate change, promote human wellbeing, and enhance ecosystem connectivity and function. In addition to partnering with local champions to secure the designation of new and expanded conservation areas, the Alliance works to strengthen the management and durability of existing ocean conservation areas and upgrade their protections where appropriate. The Blue Nature Alliance Regional Officer will be part of a collaborative, dynamic, and a face-paced global team comprised of staff from both Conservation International and The Pew Charitable Trusts, that aims to make an outsized impact on the ocean.

The Regional Officer, Blue Nature Alliance will join a growing team of Regional Officers that are the primary conduit for the Alliance’s engagement with partners in potential and approved engagement sites. The Alliance’s Regional Officers are responsible for cultivating new relationships and opportunities within a select region or portfolio of counties and will lead our scoping of these opportunities and the development of engagement strategies for Alliance investment and partnership. The Regional Officer will drive the implementation of engagement frameworks and provide technical oversight of grantees and contractors to ensure success for assigned sites. The Regional Officer will also provide technical expertise and guidance to other Regional Officers and partners as appropriate.

The Blue Nature Alliance is currently recruiting Regional Officers via Conservation International and Pew to expand the global distribution and thematic expertise of our team. Applications received by CI and Pew will be considered holistically, and interviews will be conducted jointly with members of both organizations.

We are seeking candidates with experience and a track record of cultivating conservation action in either Asia, the United States, the northern Pacific Ocean, the high seas, and/or the European Union. We are also seeking candidates with one or more of the following areas of expertise: Indigenous-led conservation, transforming governance, ocean science and research, and/or environmental advocacy (policy or communications).

RESPONSIBILITIES

Cultivation of Relationships and Opportunities:

  • Develop and nurture strong relationships with key government staff, community, and civil society leadership in a portfolio of countries to be determined based on the expertise of candidates and in line with priority areas outlined above.
  • In partnership with these leaders, generate ideas for area-based ocean conservation at scale within target countries in the region, including the creation of new marine protected areas; catalytic investments in existing marine protected areas to improve effectiveness, design, and trialing of innovative models for area-based ocean conservation
  • Develop and maintain (updating as necessary) scoping documents for target countries, detailing opportunities for potential investments, political will, significance, achievability, leverage potential, and local engagement
  • Regularly communicate with Blue Nature Alliance delivery team and leadership on emerging opportunities and changing priorities to inform the identification of sites for engagement design

Development of Engagement Frameworks and Grant Agreements:

  • Lead in site-based scoping efforts at regional and national levels to explore new opportunities for engagement by the Alliance to impact ocean conservation goals. This includes working with potential partners and stakeholders to define opportunities and key interventions for Blue Nature Alliance engagement, preparing narrative documents, budget development, and overseeing contract management.
  • Where relevant, seek a written commitment from the Government (or group with jurisdiction) to work with the Alliance in support of common goals, including seeking a financial contribution where possible.
  • Support identified partners to prepare proposals as needed
  • Facilitate grant agreement development and finalization with grantees and Alliance Grants Manager.

Engagement Implementation and Grantee Management:

  • Drive implementation of engagement frameworks and ensure success for assigned sites
  • Maintain regular contact with grantees to ensure effective delivery
  • Conduct periodic site visits to monitor the implementation progress of the grants
  • Work with Blue Nature Alliance delivery team to identify potential technical support needs to address capacity gaps or emerging issues in assigned sites as appropriate
  • Review grantee reports and make adjustment recommendations to implementing partners and Blue Nature Alliance delivery team as needed
  • Provide direct technical support as needed to advance site-based objectives and to build local capacity.

Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • This position is open to CI Offices Globally. Please view a full list of our Global Offices here.
  • Frequent international travel and irregular hours
  • Our Arlington, VA office is officially open. Guidance on hybrid or remote work schedules will be discussed during the interview process. For positions based in Hawaii and Seattle, further guidance will be provided in those offices 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Bachelor's degree and 5 to 7 years of professional experience.
  • Expertise in the design and conduct of successful conservation campaigns.
  • Marine conservation and environmental policy experience.
  • Project management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in diverse cultural contexts.
  • Fluency in English.

Preferred

  • Experience and a track record of cultivating conservation action in either Asia, the United States, the northern Pacific Ocean, the high seas, and/or the European Union.
  • Expertise relating to Indigenous-led conservation, transforming governance, ocean science and research, and/or communications.
  • Familiarity with current natural and cultural ocean management challenges and solutions.
  • Fluency in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and others.

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