Sustainable Productive Systems Leader

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The Nature Conservancy

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Bogotá, Colombia

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13 days ago


Bogotá, Colombia


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The Sustainable Productive Systems Leader works in close collaboration with other conservation leaders and their teams designing and implementing projects, programs and initiatives, taking into consideration the priorities of the Colombian Program and special focus on collaboration among teams. In coordination with the Conservation Director and support from areas such as Policy, Development and Science, positions TNC as the main conservation partner in the areas of implementation of Sustainable Productive Systems in Colombia. Works closely with the Conservation Director to define conservation priorities and long-term conservation outcomes aligned to Colombia’s strategic framework decided by Colombia’s Executive Team. Builds strategic scientific and technical capacities and develops relationships with key public and private entities to identify and solve technical problems and widely communicate solutions and best practices. Serves as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community related to Sustainable Productive Systems - SPS. The SPS Leader develops innovative scientific methods, analyzes, tools and methodological frameworks to solve the problems and needs for promoting the implementation of SPS at different scales, projects and initiatives, promotes the commitment of local communities in supporting local conservation efforts, and supports the negotiation of complex and innovative solutions with the government agencies, private companies or associations, to conserve and protect nature and natural capital. The SPS Leader build synergies and supports other Conservation Programs, including SPS knowledge and practices in different projects and fostering to their team to work jointly in other Conservation Programs. Works closely to Science team and Conservation Director to plan, execute and monitor the projects related to Sustainable Productive Systems including technical, administrative and financial issues, as well as the permanent monitoring of conservation outcomes and impacts through the HUB of the Shared Conservation Agenda.


Strategical and technical leadership
  • Leads Sustainable Productive Systems Program and its projects.
  • Support the Conservation Director on the annual planning of SPS Conservation Program priorities and Project Management decisions
  • Work in close collaboration with other leaders plans the resources (staff time, logistic) allocated to SPS projects, activities and tasks. If needed, due to disagreement or priorization review Cons. Director should be involved.
  • Focal point to public and private institutions on Sustainable Productive Systems topics with support and guideline from Policy Team.
  • Focal point to TNC LAR and Global Strategies related to Sustainable Productive Systems group, Provide Food and Water Priority. It is focal point to the LAR Regenerative Ranching & Agriculture Strategy.
  • Build cooperation, alignment and provides technical support to other conservation areas/leaders and coordinate how his/her team provides supports to other teams in NASCA/LAR /Global
  • Provide technical support to other conservation areas/leaders and coordinate with other teams in NASCA/LAR /Global
  • In Coordination with his /her team members maintain the TNC’s Shared Conservation Agenda HUB up to date.
Financial Sustainability
  • Support the Development team and the Financial Sustainability coordination in the preparation of new proposals to ensure the financial sustainability of the Conservation Program.
  • With the support of the Project Analyst and the team monitors costs and administering budgets of the SPS projects/initiatives.
  • Establish coordination and monitoring mechanisms with the Financial Sustainability Coordinator for the proper development and execution of their projects.
  • Seek fundraising opportunities in the public and private sector in coordination with the Financial Sustainability Coordinator and Development team
  • Develop in coordination with the Financial Sustainability Coordinator innovative design for included conservation finance tools in his/her program.
  • Suggest to the Conservation Director the management, result and impact indicators for measuring compliance with their activities and the Conservation Program under his/her responsibility.
  • Identify public and private local and regional actors, call and participate in meetings that allow the identification of issues of common interest and the generation of alliances for the fulfillment of the objectives of the Conservation Program.
  • Build synergies and strategic relationships with local and regional actors and decision makers linked to sustainable production in the geographic areas where the Conservation Program projects are implemented in support of the NASCA management team
  • Oversee and control the execution and develop of the work needed to implement in Sustainable Productive Systems projects and programs, activities and tasks according with deadlines, budget and agreements done.
  • Give strategic guidance to staff working under their conservation area, either under their supervision or not.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Frequently makes independent decision based on analysis, experience, and context.
Marketing and Communications
  • Support the development of educational, promotional and brand positioning materials, related to the objectives of their Conservation Program and conservation projects, achievements and relevant topics.
  • Lead in coordination with the Communication area the awareness campaigns, information tools in NASCA and the contents on the TNC Webpage of Colombia (any comms strategy must be on budget).
Talent Management
  • Supervise multi-disciplinary technical and administrative staff.
  • Communicates with other conservation program leaders and build alliances and joint efforts with them.
  • Establish clear directions and set stretch objectives within his direct reports.
  • Is an inspirational leader that guides people with example following TNC’s values and competencies.
  • Recruit and hire staff following TNC procedures.
  • Coach, mentor, and develop staff, including overseeing new employee onboarding and supporting career development planning and opportunities.
  • Foster a spirit of teamwork and unity among the team allowing for disagreement over ideas, conflict and expeditious conflict resolution, and the appreciation of diversity as well as cohesiveness, support, and working effectively together.
  • Maintain transparent communication. Appropriately communicate organization information through department meetings, one-on-one meetings, and appropriate email, IM (Instant Messaging), and regular interpersonal communication.


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience working in Sustainable Productive Systems topics or equivalent combination of education and experience in empowerment of communities, capacity building and related topics.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies
  • English excellent proficiency in writing, speaking and listening.


  • 7-10 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising.
  • Politically savvy.


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