Head of Public Partnerships Europe (m/w/d)

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The Nature Conservancy

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Berlin, Germany

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23 days ago


Berlin, Germany

Brussels, Belgium

Please do not use the apply now button to apply. To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 51892.

The deadline for applications is Monday 22nd August 2022 at 09:00 CEST.


Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organisation with a mission dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. At The Nature Conservancy Europe we are promoting Europe’s world-class environmental leadership — across policy, science, finance, and philanthropy — to influence conservation around the world. In policy terms, this means supporting, strengthening and helping to promote key elements of the EU Green Deal and other leading European environment policies at international levels and around the world. Guided by science, we create innovative solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping to make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries – with European offices in Brussels, Berlin and London – we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.


The Head of Public Partnerships Europe develops, coordinates and drives implementation of one or more strategies to achieve the Conservancy’s public partnerships goals through interaction with European governments, multilateral agencies, and/or stakeholder coalitions. Reporting to the Europe Director Global Policy and Institutional Partnerships, they lead a team of public funding professionals and deliver through a network of policy and public partnership colleagues within, and sometimes outside of, TNC. They lead the development of TNC’s engagement programme with the German Government and certain public sector entity donors. They support TNC’s engagement with other European governments and public sector entities towards TNC Europe’s policy and public partnerships goals.


The Head of Public Partnerships Europe furthers the work of The Nature Conservancy and its conservation partners through direct interaction with governments, multilateral agencies, and/or businesses focusing on policy, practice, and funding initiatives that provide conservation opportunities and/or impact our conservation programs. They track relevant policies of European public sector entity donors, including those which pertain to internationally negotiated agreements on climate and biodiversity-related issues, and ensure that TNC’s public partnerships work is well plugged-in to these as policies evolve. They identify conservation funding opportunities, evaluate the potential for strategic partnerships, and maintain an appropriate pipeline of European public partnership opportunities in line with TNC’s climate and biodiversity objectives. They lead, coach and develop a team of colleagues, strengthening effective collaboration with TNC regional/country teams across the globe to secure public funding outcomes. The Head of Public Partnerships Europe acts as a representative of TNC with external stakeholders in support of TNC Europe’s goals.


  • Supervises administrative and/or professional staff with responsibility for performance management, recruitment, training and development.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Develops and implements multi-year fundraising strategies and goals; maintains an appropriate pipeline of European public partnership opportunities in pursuit of TNC’s climate and biodiversity objectives.
  • Prepares and presents project proposals and negotiates with public sector entities to achieve program goals.
  • Responsible for meeting departmental strategic goals and annual objectives, and for ensuring clear, transparent and accurate reporting on progress towards goals.
  • Represents TNC effectively at senior levels with public sector entity donors and serves as lead Relationship Manager with key donors, in particular across the German Government and its relevant agencies.
  • Gathers and shares regular, accurate insights across appropriate internal networks to inform colleagues and ensure TNC’s public partnerships work is well-attuned and adds value to evolving public sector entity donor priorities in Europe.
  • Contributes towards helping TNC to continually improve and instill best practice in the way we approach public funding opportunities.
  • Collaborates with TNC Communications colleagues to ensure timely, effective communications about TNC Europe’s public partnerships activities.
  • Communicates professionally with a wide variety of people from different cultures.
  • Accountable to persuasively convey the mission of TNC to diverse groups including key legislators, government officials and others who are critical to the Conservancy’s overall public funding strategies.
  • Works in partnership with other organizations in a collaborative and consultative or advisory capacity.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Ensures that the program complies with all relevant lobbying laws and regulations.
  • Develops constructive and effective working relationships inside and outside the Conservancy.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, business or related field and 6 years of senior management level experience in government, government relations, corporate sector, or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Team supervisory experience.
  • Fluency in English and German. Knowledge of French and/or other European languages advantageous.
  • Direct experience working with public sector entities.
  • Project management experience including coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside an organization.
  • Proven experience in strategy development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated relationship building skills.
  • Experience negotiating complex high profile or sensitive agreements.
  • Proven written and verbal communication and presentation skills.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Master’s degree appreciated
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with management-level individuals within large organisations.
  • Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships with governments, corporations, partners, donors, volunteers, and all levels of staff.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.


Please do not use the apply now button to apply. To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 51892.

The deadline for applications is Monday 22nd August 2022 at 09:00 CEST.