Regenerative Ranching and Agriculture (R2A) Deputy, Latin America Region

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The Nature Conservancy

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Indianapolis, IN, United States

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16 days ago

OFFICE LOCATION


The location of this position is flexible within the countries where we operate in Latin America.

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WHO WE ARE


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.”

WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER


The R2A Deputy oversees the internal alignment and cohesive vision for the Latin America R2A Strategy across Country Programs touching down in 10 countries in Latin America. S/he serves in a matrixed organizational structure to provide strategic leadership and support for the Conservancy’s conservation planning work and collaborates across the four Conservation Programs, with the Latin America Leadership Team and with the Global Provide Food and Water team to establish regional conservation priorities for the Latin America R2A team.


WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOU


The R2A Deputy liaises with technical staff across the Conservancy and with partners to generate strategies and opportunities that focus on regenerative food production systems, support conservation in and around working landscapes, and contribute to our overarching 2030 organizational goal under the shared conservation agenda. The Latin America Region seeks to achieve this goal by changing the production/consumption value chains of Latin America to incentivize the conservation of the region’s 940 million hectares of natural habitat, through regenerative agricultural and ranching production on the region’s 740 million hectares of agricultural land. An understanding of the environmental aspects of farming and ranching for both small and large holders, as well as related sustainable technologies is important for this position. Pre-existing knowledge of responsible sourcing initiatives and the role that corporations play in driving positive or negative trends in Latin America’s natural landscapes is critical. Knowledge of the Latin American policy arena (subsidies, incentives) is helpful.

Externally, the R2A Deputy will be an active participant in high-level technical discussions on regenerative agriculture. They will support, complement and often stand in for the Regenerative Agriculture Director in engagements with governments, corporations, lending institutions, other non-profit groups, foundations and the academic community, to promote strategies and solutions in the three areas of science & innovation, policies, incentives & collective action, and business models and market, that can contribute to achieving the R2A Strategy’s overarching goal. They play a strong supporting role in donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship for the program, and will frequently support fund-raising efforts, particularly in developing and writing strong proposals for projects with a regional or multi-country scope of impact, that bring resources to both the Region and Conservation Programs. They support and may lead the development of key partnerships with public & private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions, innovative scientific methods, analysis, tools and frameworks to address the natural system needs. They position the Conservancy’s Latin America Program as a major sustainable food partner within the space for conservation with development at scale.

Internally, the R2A Deputy serves as the technical focal point for Latin America’s regenerative agriculture initiatives to the rest of the Conservancy. They develop systems and processes to improve coordination, communication and planning across Country Programs in Latin America on regenerative agriculture projects. They is responsible for collaborating with diverse units across Latin America to disseminate best practices, provide training and analyses to best define, standardize and collect data that reflect organizational measures of success. They are charged with frequent communication and consultation with field staff to ground-truth and come to consensus on sustainable food strategies, develop a specific, actionable business plan and subsequent annual regional work plans with buy-in from all country programs, and other internal and external experts and stakeholders. They compile coherent quarterly conservation reports, as well as communicates upward and outward those field successes that are relevant to the R2A Strategy’s priorities. They coordinate with the Conservancy’s Global Priorities teams to ensure our work is adequately leveraged and represented in international policy and donor events.

The R2A Deputy directly supervises a team of 1-3 staff, and builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field through coordination of the “R2A Management Team” composed of 5-6 additional staff. They will report to the Latin America Regenerative Agriculture Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Geographic/programmatic size and scope is that of a large, complex business unit, multiple small to mid-sized business units, division/regional or a large program area spanning parts of multiple states/divisions.
  • May be responsible for leading or co-leading a whole system program.
  • Recruit, retain and manage high quality and effective multi-disciplinary staff with responsibility for their performance management, training and career development.
  • Broad management and leadership responsibility for 10+ staff members, both internal and external to the organization.
  • Develops long-term strategies and achieves strategic goals and objectives
  • May visit conservation, ranching and agricultural field sites in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances approximately 2-3 times per year.
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment.
  • Requires frequent travel domestically and internationally (approximately 30-50% per month), and evening and weekend hours.

WHAT YOU'LL BRING

  • University degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance, including management/supervision of multi-disciplinary teams and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in agriculture, ranching and conservation in Latin America.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government, corporations).
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans at the state or country level.
  • Experience with financial management of a large program.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, and either Spanish or Portuguese



DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 10-12 years’ experience in conservation practice, food/agriculture/ranching industry or sector, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives and experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in Portuguese is preferred.
  • Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (partners, community, government, corporations).

WHAT WE BRING


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 nature.org/careers.

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

APPLY NOW


To apply for job ID 52341, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on December 13th, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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