Conservation Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Delhi, India

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3 days ago


North-East Region, India

North-East India


This is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world, seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature — issues such as climate change, conserving lands, waters, and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more resilient and sustainable.

Our Mission

TNC’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Rather than viewing development –
including economic growth – and conservation as contradictory goals, TNC works to demonstrate how nature has value for people and development and how nature can provide enormous economic benefit. TNC envisions a future where people and nature can flourish together.

Our Vision

A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfil our needs and enrich our lives.

The Conservancy Team

We achieve this through the dedicated efforts of our 3,800 diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom support conservation in 76 countries and all 50 United States. We are striving to develop a workforce as diverse as the places where we work, and we have a deep commitment to diversity.

Organizational History

TNC is the largest conservation organisation in the world, working in all 50 states in the United States and more than 76 countries. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia on October 22, 1951. TNC is science-based and in every place, we work, we partner with governments, businesses, and local communities. TNC is advancing its mission by protecting and restoring rivers, landscapes and oceans for people and their development at an unprecedented scale; it is transforming the way humanity uses the Earth’s natural resources to sustain ourselves.


The Lands Programme at TNC consists of two related strategies: Restoration and Conservation. The Conservation Manager will develop, manage, and oversee the portfolio of conservation projects in collaboration with other members of the Lands programme. The nature of these projects is broad, and encompasses biodiversity conservation, improved management of lands and avoided deforestation. Current field-based projects are situated in Central India and Northeast India, with potential for further development in these as well as other high-priority regions of India. Policy-related projects with implications across multiple landscapes are also in development and the Conservation Manager will contribute to them. Equitable conservation is a fundamental cross-cutting ethic across all projects to ensure benefits to both people and nature.

This position can be based in Northeast India as per mutual agreement and will involve a significant amount of travel across field sites regardless of base location. S/he will work closely with the Lands programme in project conceptualization and proposal development; work with external stakeholders to identify and build on opportunities; leverage synergies with existing projects; and provide overall technical guidance for land-based conservation projects. S/he will liaise with both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders; manage relationships with implementation partners; and guide the work of colleagues who directly report to him/her.

Position is based in North-east region. This position is with a two-year contract.


The Conservation Manager is responsible for managing the portfolio of conservation projects within the Lands programme and is expected to combine deep technical knowledge of the field with project management expertise. This position will be responsible for providing technical inputs to develop and implement projects and ensuring that all activities are evidence-based with measurable impact. Projects are expected to have impacts at large scales and the incumbent will contribute to developing strategies for large-scale, long-term impact. Project management responsibilities will include reporting, financial oversight and monitoring, evaluation and learning, apart from supervision of relevant staff. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, contributing significantly to the programme in both technical and managerial capacities.

  • Develops project proposals that are relevant to conservation needs in priority landscapes and TNC’s goals, including strong workplans and theories of change
  • Interacts closely with governmental stakeholders to understand their needs and priorities, and incorporates these in proposed solutions
  • Provides proactive technical inputs and evidence-based knowledge to guide the development of projects
  • Identifies partner organizations and manages relationships with them
  • Monitors the status of contracts, activities, reporting and outputs with partners for the conservation portfolio and ensures effective delivery
  • Develops and implements strong monitoring mechanisms (including monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks) that contribute to TNC’s metrics for impact measurement
  • Contributes to regular reporting and interactions with donors
  • Contributes to the development of strategies that enhance conservation over large scales and long time periods
  • Contributes to the integration of synergies between restoration and conservation projects for greater impact
  • Frequently travels domestically
  • Periodically may have to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • MA/MS degree in ecology, conservation, natural resource management or a relevant social science or another related field of study and minimum 8-10 years of related experience in application of these skills to conservation, environment, natural resource management, or any related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience in managing and supervising conservation projects across multiple landscapes of India, particularly Northeastern and Central India
  • Experience of implementing complex conservation projects, including developing and overseeing work plans, budgeting and financial oversight, coordination across different agencies and solving problems
  • Proven expertise in developing and building partnerships with governmental agencies, civil society and local communities
  • Experience in collaborative planning and implementation with local communities, particularly to ensure equity in conservation
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary diverse teams, including partner agencies
  • Excellent knowledge of Geographic Information Systems and associated software, as well as standard office software
  • Demonstrated competence in both technical and non-technical writing skills
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as a language relevant to the existing project sites.


  • 12-14 years of related experience in leading large-scale and high-impact conservation programmes across high-priority conservation landscapes of India
  • Combination of a social science and natural science technical background or experience to effectively promote equitable conservation
  • Expertise in the measurement and monitoring of conservation impact at large scales
  • Clear understanding of policies, laws and mechanisms relevant to conservation in India
  • Experience in restoration-related work
  • Experience of working with governance systems across multiple scales (local to national)
  • Well networked across relevant organizations in different parts of the country
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Politically savvy.


Nature Conservancy India Solutions Private Limited (NCIS) is a private limited company incorporated under the Companies Act 2013, having it registered office in India in New Delhi. India. It is a wholly owned Indian subsidiary of The Nature Conservancy. The company currently provides technical consultancy, monitoring & evaluation and other related services in the domain of conservation and environment to its various clients within and outside India.


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