LAR Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities Rights Advisor: Amazon & Priority Geographies

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The Nature Conservancy

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Belém, Brazil

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13 days ago


Belem, Brazil

The Location of this position is flexible within: Brazil, Perú and Colombia



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Amazon IPLC Rights Advisor will build a human rights-based approach to TNC’s work that impacts Indigenous Peoples and local communities in the Amazon Basin, including priority regions of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The Advisor will also provide support in the Atlantic Forest, Cerrado, Chaco, and Orinoco. They will advise, connect and support country programs on Indigenous and community rights and related issues including their portfolio development, safeguards and MEL processes. The Advisor will collaborate closely with a counterpart focused on other geographies, and with other colleagues in Latin America, and will share learnings and insights with colleagues supporting IPLC rights and leadership in other regions and at the global level.


The Advisor brings technical expertise and lived experience in Indigenous and community rights and equity across numerous priority focal areas connected to conservation in the region, including gender and intergenerational equity, livelihoods, financial inclusion, bioeconomy and market development. They understand the promise and pitfalls of carbon sequestration and benefit-sharing and are able to navigate and articulate the tensions inherent in these global strategies to address climate change and reverse biodiversity loss in the Amazon. They understand robust and culturally responsive monitoring and evaluation, and are comfortable with both qualitative and quantitative metrics. They know all pertinent UN rights frameworks and have a deep knowledge of Indigenous and community organization and claims-making in the Amazon. They advise country program teams on specific issues and are able to respond in a timely manner to questions and needs that arise.

The Advisor builds on the deep experience of country programs and establishes the Conservancy as a key partner in this space, building internal capacity and external partnerships in support of this work. Working closely with TNC IPLC teams in relevant country programs, across the Latin America Region, and globally, they bring together guidance, best practices, case studies, templates, curricula and networking opportunities to support the adoption of key strategies and learning and sharing, to meet our commitments to respecting human rights in all our work. Working with Indigenous and community organizations, donors, governments, academia, corporations and other non-profit organizations, they will help shift the paradigm of conservation through placing Indigenous and community rights and leadership at the center of our work at the regional level.


  • Develops long-term strategies and achieves strategic goals and objectives to support Indigenous and community rights-based approaches to conservation in their focal geography
  • Builds on in-country work to develop shared advocacy platforms and initiatives with in-country IPLC teams
  • Identifies opportunities for developing or strengthening transboundary approaches to advance Indigenous and community-based initiatives as well as to capitalize on synergies and shared issues
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment
  • Advises country programs on specific rights and equity-related needs and issues that arise in our community-based conservation work, including those related to livelihoods, financial inclusion, bioeconomy, market development, carbon sequestration, benefit-sharing, monitoring and evaluation, and gender and intergenerational equity
  • Designs, implements and manages:
    • Assessments to identify potential Indigenous and community rights risks and opportunities in conservation projects
    • Replicable strategies to mitigate identified human rights risks and support opportunities in conservation projects, including advising on relevant staff training
    • Monitoring protocols to ensure mitigations and priority rights indicators are put into place and to identify changing and emerging risks and opportunities
    • Data collection, questionnaires, interviews with full attention to FPIC
    • Curricula and training opportunities for staff to respect and promote Indigenous and community rights, and prevent human rights violations in our work
    • Spaces to learn from on-ground staff experience and support peer-to-peer learning opportunities at country, regional and global levels
  • Builds rights-focused partnerships across the region with Indigenous and community organizations, governments, corporations, donors, academia and non-profit organizations
  • May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in Indigenous rights practice or equivalent combination of education and experience, including at least 2 years working on conservation issues
  • Deep, ingrained, experience and knowledge in working with Indigenous peoples and local communities
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in the Amazon in areas including livelihoods, carbon sequestration, equity, and monitoring and evaluation
  • experience with major UN conventions and practices relevant for a rights-based approach to IPLC engagement and support
  • Strategic planning and applied implementation experience
  • Advising and capacity building experience with multiple and diverse rights holders and stakeholders, with experience in designing, delivering and evaluating curricula, materials, and learning tools across diverse programs at a regional level
  • Experience in partnership development with actors such as Indigenous organizations, non-profits, corporations and government agencies
  • Experience in instruction design, movement building, collective action or related
  • Fluency in English, as well as either Spanish or Portuguese (with additional fluency in an Amazon-based Indigenous language desirable but not required)


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into 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 and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC 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 on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.


To apply for job ID 52563, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on December 13th, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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