Selva Maya and Mesoamerican Reef Tri-national Lead

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The Nature Conservancy

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Portland, ME, United States

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16 days ago



Ubicacion flexible a candidatos de México, Guatemala y Belice



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The Selva Maya and Mesoamerican Reef (SM&MAR) Tri-national Lead is responsible for delivering people and nature outcomes through systemic transformation in the ecoregion shared by Belize, and some parts of Guatemala and México, in close collaboration with a wide array of key public international and private stakeholders. The position will lead a comprehensive strategy aimed at transitioning to an alternative economic pathway that conserves and values natural capital, providing inclusive, low-carbon development, halting ecosystem degradation, and preventing the main drivers that threaten the large-scale viability of the Selva Maya and the Mesoamerican Reef and the wellbeing of the local communities. The position will lead an approach that is collaborative and adaptable to the respective national realities. They provide strategic leadership and support for the Conservancy´s conservation work, in alignment with national, regional and global conservation priorities and major initiatives in the targeted region. This function will report to the Director to Accelerate Impact, a Latin American Regional role.

The Lead will work in close collaboration with BU directors and Conservation Director, and teammates in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, including country SM&MAR coordinators). This position will be part of an informal network of peers in similar roles in the Gran Chaco (Argentina and Paraguay), Pará (Brazilian Amazon) and Araguaia (Brazilian Cerrado) among other Iconic Places in Latin America, providing an opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge. Iconic Place refers to the priority sites across Latin America Region. This position will be working in a matrix organization and hierarchy, it is essential to have experience in this field and being able to influence without direct authority. The work will be under the home-office modality.


  • The SM&MAR Lead will oversee the SM&MAR Conservation planification and implementation of the strategic and work plan in Belize, Peten-Guatemala and Yucatan Peninsula- México in coordination with BU Directors and in these countries and support departments (Marketing, Science, Policy and Development Teams) under the supervision and guidance of the Director to Accelerate Impact.
  • Helps develop and implement the vision for SM&MAR across the three countries, considering elements of community led conservation efforts, biodiversity protection, regenerative ranching, agriculture and forestry, marine conservation, and climate-related initiatives in terrestrial, fresh water and marine ecosystems.
  • Ensures with the BU Directors the optimal management of financial resources, from budgeting and fundraising to execution, with support of finance and operations teams, and is efficiently described, reported on, and adaptively managed internally through the shared conservation agenda Hub and related processes including the definition, monitoring, and evaluation of management and impact indicators
  • The strategic and work plan will be guided by a system transformation analysis and a tri-national Conservation by Design approach, in which they will also take part at the beginning of their assignment.
  • They will engage with several positions within each country as well as regional teams, so must ensure a system transformation approach creating synergies based on country – specific inputs.
  • They will build an effective team with a holistic vision of the challenges and opportunities that exist in the region and will resource the new competencies that may be required through supervising staff, building internal capacity, developing partnerships or contracting third parties.
  • They will provide proper orientation to build relationships and negotiations with different stakeholders like private, governmental, bilateral and/or multilateral agencies and donors at the trilateral level (CCAD, and other regional initiatives
  • They will play a leading role in supporting donor identification, cultivation and stewardship for the program in the region with the BU Directors and the Development Team. Supports the creation of funding proposals, and the dissemination of marketing and outreach material.
  • Lead a system transformation in the tri-national landscape, managing and coordinating the work with TNC´s tri-national, regional and global strategies, such as: Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, Durable Biodiversity Protection, Regenerative Ranching and Agriculture, Natural Climate Solutions, Coastal Resilience, Oceans, Sustainable Watersheds, and Science, Policy, Marketing, Finance and Development Teams.
  • They coordinate teams to construct the theory of change for the Iconic Place, articulating TNC´s direct points of intervention, as well as how partners can be engaged, to deploy their expertise to effectively deliver holistic conservation results across the biome.
  • Establish with BU Directors and Conservation Directors clear directions and set stretch objectives for project execution.
  • Ensure the program is well described, reported on, and adaptively managed, including the definition, monitoring and evaluation of management and impact indicators.
  • Build cooperation from outside parties to accomplish national program goals.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information.
  • Travel, and work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Fieldwork may involve some exposure to disagreeable elements and physical exertion and/or strain.
  • Focus on inspiring and developing the team, cultivating TNCs competencies and values, promoting accountability and ensuring that everybody plays a relevant role to achieve complex goals. Dedicating time to set expectations, guide, coach and develop staff knowing that being a great leader is as important as the technical knowledge.
  • The SM&MAR Lead will use the TNC Code of Conduct and Competencies as a baseline to conduct their actions and be an example to others.



  • Masters degree and 10 years’ experience as a leader in international conservation, sustainable development, circular economy arena in the Selva Maya and Mesoamerican Reef region
  • Experience managing diversified and complex workstreams and projects in a constant changing environment.
  • Experience Managing with systems leadership: Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one's own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change
  • Experience managing complex multi stakeholder’s alliances and platforms.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience and working familiarity with the SM&MAR Iconic Place as here defined.
  • Fluent in Spanish and English.
  • Verbal and written skills in Spanish and English.
  • Communication and presentation skills - experience communicating with and presenting to diverse audiences including donors, board members, employees, outside partners, or equivalent.
  • Manages for leveraging across differences.
  • Experience in fundraising and strategy budget management.


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!

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