Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Advisor, 30x30 (Location Flexible)

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The Nature Conservancy

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Arlington, VA, United States

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21 days ago


Arlington, Virginia, USA
Remote home office; the location for this position is flexible within countries where The Nature Conservancy is a registered NGO and has an already established office. This position is not eligible for relocation or immigration assistance.




The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


The Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPs and LCs) Advisor, 30x30 Initiative is a core team member helping to advance our organizational effort to protect a representative, durable, effective, resilient, and inclusive 30% of the planet by 2030 (30x30). The IPs and LCs Advisor, 30x30 Initiative provides support to our 30x30 Initiative and related work streams with an emphasis on meaningful and authentic inclusion and partnership with IPs and LCs to ensure durable, inclusive, and effective conservation outcomes for future generations. Within this body of work, the Advisor will have a focus on facilitating IPs and LCs conservation voices and choices to be directly and effectively included in key policy and conservation processes and decisions around the world.

The IPs and LCs Advisor, 30x30 Initiative works within the Global Protect Oceans, Lands, and Water team, across the organization, and with partners to ensure that 30x30 efforts meet our standards and principles for protection at a local, national and/or global scale. They identify and support related conservation policy, practice, and funding opportunities, evaluate the potential for strategic partnerships, and support the development and implementation of strategies across a wide range of work streams including policy, resource mobilization, socio-economic analyses, science, communications, and partnerships. They liaise with counterparts across the organization, as well as with key external IPs and LCs organizations and partners, to synthesize lessons and experiences and to co-develop joint approaches. They support the development of resources, reports, statements, and/or position papers to inform 30x30 commitments and implementation in close coordination with the Global Protect, External Affairs, Country Programs, and other teams.

The IPs and LCs Advisor, 30x30 Initiative will represent TNC in forums and strategic events related to 30x30 and serve as a point person in partnerships or initiatives. They also identify opportunities for our field programs and IPs and LCs partners to participate in high-level forums and events and facilitates partner participation. They support field staff in prioritized countries committed to 30x30 to inform commitments and implementation, including supporting and advising local community-based conservation efforts that are key to national contributions to 30x30 targets and TNC’s 2030 conservation goals.
The location for this position is flexible within countries where The Nature Conservancy is a registered NGO and has an already established office. This position is not eligible for relocation or immigration assistance. This position will involve some domestic and international travel.


Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I make a difference?”, but you don’t know where to go or have the time to do it? Welcome to The Nature Conservancy. You have found the solution and now you can pointedly make a difference every day!

By joining our Global Protect Oceans, Lands and Water team, you will become part of a group that is a force to be reckoned with, a force for nature, a force for people, and a force for our planet. Our team consists of a dedicated globally dispersed group who are leading the conservation effort on multiple fronts and who expertly bring strategy and action together. As the sponsor of TNC’s global 30x30 Initiative, we work closely with teams from across the organization and partners to deliver a representative, durable, effective, resilient, and inclusive 30x30 vision.

We’re looking for an individual with direct experience working with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and who has a clear understanding of biological diversity conservation initiatives and policy and how they impact communities. A person that wants to make a lasting difference for the health of both nature and people.

Key responsibilities and scope of this position are:

  • Provide strategic guidance, thought leadership, and technical support to ensure durable, effective, equitable and inclusive 30x30 commitments and implementation at local, regional, and global scales
  • Advise and collaborate with project teams, field teams, and work stream leads on elevating IPs and LCs led and supported conservation efforts in line with 30x30 commitments and implementation
  • Elevate and facilitate IPs and LCs voices and choices to be directly and effectively included in key conservation processes, policies, and decisions
  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships to further durable, inclusive, and effective 30x30 efforts
  • Support or lead technical guidance development, writing, and reviews of papers, new tools and resources, and other materials or guidance for practitioners
  • Develop, review, and provide input on position papers and other documents to ensure that content is aligned with TNC’s approach to 30x30 and conservation in partnership with IPs and LCs
  • Coordinate with science and socio-economic analysis teams to develop relevant science and analysis that support IPs and LCs interests and perspectives
  • Represent TNC in selected high-leverage forums/events related to 30x30 to inform decisions, commitments, and implementation
  • Identify and support key field staff and/or partners attending events to inform and integrate IPs and LCs efforts, commitments, and implementation
  • Identify, develop, and support success stories/best practices around 30x30 to elevate or amplify the impact of those efforts
  • Communicate professionally with a wide variety of people from different cultures around the world
  • Support the preparation and presentation of positions or proposals; where appropriate coordinate and negotiate with partners, international or national policymakers and/or bilateral and multilateral agencies, to achieve program goals
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements, including international human rights standards and international law related to IPs and LCs


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, international relations, international development, social science, natural science, ecology, or related field and at least 5 years related experience, or equivalent combination.
  • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, partner organizations, and government agencies.
  • Experience with global application of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities related rights, practices, policies, and leadership.
  • Experience in critical analysis and evaluating information from divergent sources and compiling it into cohesive reports.
  • Project management experience including coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside an organization.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience. Experience working in multiple countries.
  • Master’s degree.
  • Critical analytical thinking and excellent English writing skills.
  • In depth knowledge and direct experience supporting indigenous voices in decision-making processes.
  • Experience in international policy forums (e.g., the UNFCCC, the Convention on Biological Diversity).
  • Ability to sensitively advise other staff on how to effectively engage with internal and external parties.
  • Ability to develop and drive new ideas and approaches.
  • Ability to work well in a highly matrixed, decentralized, and collaborative organization. Possesses strong interpersonal skills and political savvy. Must be a team player.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet time sensitive deadlines.
  • NGO and/or corporate relations experience a strong plus.
  • Ability to write and speak in a language other than English, such as Spanish, French, Swahili, or Mongolian highly desirable.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


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