Vice President, Sustainable Finance

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17 days ago

Vice President, Sustainable Finance

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.


The Vice President leads highly visible sustainable finance programs and initiatives that directly advance Conservation International’s (CI’s) strategic conservation priorities within and across the Asia-Pacific region. As a key figure in the organization, they are accountable for developing and leading a Sustainable Finance program and ensuring programmatic work plans, outcomes, and overarching objectives are achieved.

Sustainable Finance is an increasingly essential element of CI’s work both globally and in Asia and the Pacific. The Vice President, Sustainable Finance, will lead and oversee the development of specialized technical capacity in the region to build and advance a portfolio of priority initiatives including but not limited to: 1) design and mobilization of blended finance strategies that facilitate regional and country-level investment in integrated marine protection and sustainable production (“PnP”) approach, and 2) development and implementation of regional and country-level impact investment strategies in key markets that enable planet positive local and regional economic development.


  • Champion adaptive management and lead teams to deliver highly visible, high-impact technical projects and/or partnerships within CI and external organizations.
  • Lead and align program activities with CI’s Sustainable Finance agenda and divisional and institutional priorities. This position is expected to involve the development of new Sustainable Finance capacity in the Asia-Pacific Field Division (APFD) in support of strategic, institutionally aligned initiatives as below:
    • Support for Climate Smart Shrimp (Fund) including oversight of new Analyst position(s), with emphasis on Asia regional implementation
    • Support for UCSB-CI interdisciplinary Research (Blue Economy)
    • Lead the design of Indonesia CI Ventures capacity under the Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR).
    • Support for development of local CI Ventures team and other impact investment activities.
    • Lead the design and development of (non-carbon) sustainable financing capacity in the region with an initial focus on 1) Protection and Production (“PnP”) finance initiatives, and 2) impact investment-related engagements.
    • Support regionally and globally relevant Blue Nature Alliance initiatives.
  • Plays a key role in strategic planning efforts and directly contributes to the overall Sustainable Finance strategic plan including creating 5 to10-year outcomes, annual work plans, and other strategy documents.
  • Provide leadership and technical expertise in the implementation of CI’s Sustainable Finance agenda, including engaging staff in cross-cutting teams for division and/or CI-wide initiatives.
  • Provide leadership and programmatic decision-making in identifying and developing new innovative projects and programs. Lead fundraising efforts, project proposals, and other efforts to identify and secure new sources of funding.
  • Actively cultivate and engage influential institutional partners. Routinely represent CI at external meetings with industry and financial sector partners, donors, foundations, and government officials.
  • Identify strategic opportunities to communicate and highlight CI’s Sustainable Finance work through high-profile conferences and convenings and through key publications.
  • Develop technical materials and briefings to advise executive leaderships, key external stakeholders, and others on highly complex matters with a global impact.


  • CI’s Asia-Pacific Field Division is headquartered in Singapore. Preference for position to be placed in Singapore or Jakarta.
  • This position will require frequent travel domestic and international travel (30% or more) as well as communication in different time zones.
  • May need to work out of doors for extended periods.
  • Ability to work extended work hours to meet project deadlines.



  • Master’s degree in Conservation, Economics, Finance, Sustainable Finance, Sustainable Development or a related field, plus 15 years or more of broad conservation, sustainable finance or research, and other relevant experience. A Master’s degree or added professional qualification would be an advantage but not a must.
  • 5 or more years of supervisory experience, and more importantly, a strong capability to motivate and inspire team members, including setting appropriate performance goals and for career development.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as an agent of change, drive strategy development, and program management, coupled.
  • Excellent track record in developing, directing, and managing scientific research projects, including mobilizing, and investing resources strategically.
  • Proven ability to fundraise and network, develop, and maintain partnerships across a range of stakeholders.
  • Exceptional scientific publication record, showing scientific leadership in multiple areas relevant to conservation.
  • Superb communications, negotiation, and influencing skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure without compromising standards/guidelines and quality results.


  • Experience in the analysis, design, and structuring of investments in distressed sovereigns, including but not limited to, issuance, restructuring, and/or repurchase of sovereign debt to generate funding in support of national climate adaptation and/or mitigation, nature conservation, and sustainable development objectives.
  • Working familiarity with ocean and land-based sectors including, marine and terrestrial protected areas, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, agriculture, forestry, and other primary production sectors.
  • Familiarity with ‘green’ and ‘blue’ bonds principles and other sustainable finance-related products.

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

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