Agriculture Policy Specialist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Brasília, Brazil

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6 days ago


Brasilia, Brasil

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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.”


Agriculture Policies
Building a more sustainable future, respecting communities, preserving the native flora, fauna, soil and waters on which life depends is a task that requires coordination between actors in the production chain, government, and society. Together we will influence the creation of public policies, regulations, financial mechanisms, and the relationship between the main stakeholders of the productive chain through arguments and evidence based on sciences that produce a positive impact on institutional dialogue in different spheres of federal public power, as well as in bilateral negotiations and dialogues between civil society.

Leveraging Conservation Initiatives

In coordination with our subnational peers, we will influence state and municipal policies as well as collaborate in building alliances between regional actors that support TNC conservation objectives in our Iconic Places.

Innovative Culture

The new position of Agriculture Policy Specialist is a strategically important and cross-sector role that will take responsibility for developing and delivering impactful policy to create the best possible regulatory, trade and policy environment for sustainable farm business to succeed. This senior role will require you to work cross - functionally with sector boards and chief advisers, industry supply chains and external organizations with a farming and food interest.


Are you looking for a work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. We’re looking for someone communicative, proactive, strategist and committed with compliance and transparency in all relations. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation in large scale by influencing policy designing and implementation in all biomes of Brazil.
Reporting to Brazilian External Affairs Director, the Agriculture Policy Specialist will build and facilitate internal networks, coordinating meetings, agendas, and presentations. The selected candidate will influence the outcome of policy and/or corporate initiatives at the international, national, sub-national, and local levels. The development of strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and industry to advance the organization’s conservation agenda is another delivery expected from this position
The Agriculture Policy Specialist will be expected to influence the federal government to implement transformational legislation, regulation, and initiatives to foster zero deforestation-and-conversion agricultural supply chains and regenerative agriculture practices in Brazil.
Location: Remote, preferably in Brasilia

Responsibilities & Scope:
  • Proactively follow and promote our Code of Conduct both internally and externally, continuously, and consistently demonstrating alignment with our values.
  • Develop and advocate for public polices aiming for a Deforestation-and-Conversion free commodity supply chain, regenerative agriculture, low carbon agriculture, ILPF (forest, agriculture, and ranching integration), and other conservation strategies in the agriculture sector.
  • Constantly interact with public agents exchanging information and supporting decision making with scientific-based and accurate data.
  • Monitor government initiatives, public policy’s, public financing mechanism for agriculture and climate mitigation, as well as law propositions in the national congress and in the Federal Executive, including but not limited to the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of External Relations, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of the Economy and Central Bank including, trade and investment facilitation agreements, new international regulations, especially but not limited to the European Union, China, the United States and the United Kingdom as well as public agencies.
  • Foster, build relationships and interact with international organizations and the foreign diplomatic delegations o issues and opportunities around the climate and conservation agenda.
  • Understand and translate through the organization new laws and normative acts related to conservation agenda supporting technical team and project leaders.
  • Map, influence, and aggregate stakeholders for a positive agenda related to objectives of TNC in the national level.
  • Work in close alignment with the policy specialists of state level in the Brazilian Iconic Places, with Global Teams, Private Sector relation teams as well as Conservation and Science staff in TNC.
  • Develop presentations and position papers in coordination with technical staff to support TNC strategy with public stakeholders.
  • Provide information and discuss influence strategy with peers and leaders of projects.
  • Coordinate meetings and working groups establishing the cooperation between actors and influencing decisions.
  • Maintains regular contact with local, sub-national, country and multilateral officials, and/or corporate representatives on matters pertaining to administrative, legislative, and/or corporate actions, and internationally negotiated agreements related to agriculture agenda;
  • Coordinates multiple activities with several variables, establishing and achieving deadlines, managing the time properly and delivering quality results;
  • Interprets law proposals, public policies, guidelines, evaluates information, and contribute to influence, adapt/change circumstances;
  • Coordinates multiple activities with several variables, establishing and achieving deadlines, managing the time properly and delivering quality results;
  • Interprets law proposals, public policies, guidelines, evaluates information, and contribute to influence, adapt/change circumstances;
  • TNC has an occupational safety policy that aims to protect employees, partners, and the communities where it operates and serves. COVID-19 vaccine is a minimum requirement for all positions. Where applicable, as far as possible.


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, international relations, science policy, environment, land use disciplines or another related field of study and related work experience in conservation combined.
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese.
  • Experience presenting to and/or communicating with business, government, or legislative staff and/or program leadership, especially in environmental and agricultural policies.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and directing multiple complex projects and ensuring program accountability.
  • Communications experience including preparing and presenting project proposals and developing written communications.
  • Experience working with corporate or NGO partners, and government agencies.
  • Knowledge on the legislative process as well as on the elaboration, approval, and implementation of Public Policies within the Federal Executive
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Master’s degree appreciated and/or postgraduate studies in Public Policy and Government Relations, especially in environmental and agricultural policies.
  • Experience in Government positions or Government Relations Consulting companies, especially in agricultural policies.
  • Supervisory experience, including ability to set objectives and manage performance (if required).
  • Familiarity with agriculture, social-economic, and political issues, agricultural trade policy, and international trade agreements, especially those that affect the environment and agriculture agendas
  • Experience coordinating projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units, and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating and organizational skills.
  • Desirable work experience on the legislative process as well as on the elaboration, approval, and implementation of Public Policies within the Federal Executive


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.


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