Policy Specialist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Quito, Ecuador

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9 days ago


Quito, Ecuador



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.”


The Policy Specialist provides research and policy analysis in support of The Nature Conservancy’s policy and/or corporate practice priorities and tracks policies and decisions that directly affect conservation goals, especially for the Ecuadorian Amazon. S/he builds and facilitates internal networks, coordinating meetings, agendas, and presentations. S/he provides services that assist in influencing the outcome of policy and/or corporate initiatives at the international, country, sub-national, and local levels. S/he develops strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, public institutions, private sector, conservation organizations, and industries to advance the organization’s conservation agenda. S/he also supports strategic analysis and communications for key partners and stakeholders. S/he applies specialist knowledge in evaluating existing policies. This position will report to Country Director in Ecuador and coordinate closely with Global Protect and the regional Policy, Markets and Finance team.
This is a 2 year term contract


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, motivated problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!
The Policy Specialist plays a key role in programs at the international, country, and sub-national level to affect public and/or corporate policy to further The Nature Conservancy’s mission. S/he serves as liaison and informational contact between the organization and country, sub-national, local agencies, multilateral institutions, business and/or private groups.


  • May supervise administrative staff and/or volunteers, interns, or temporary staff.
  • Financial responsibility to complete projects appropriately and assist with budget development and project management.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Works within scope of program’s strategic goals.
  • Applies specialist knowledge in evaluating existing policies.
  • Provides strategic support to establish a long-lasting, fair, and fruitful partnership with our strategic partners including government and private sector.
  • Provides research and policy analysis in support of legislative, corporate and/or policy priorities.
  • Aids with preparation of program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications.
  • Influences the outcome of policy and/or corporate initiatives at the international, country, sub-national, and local levels.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and/or industry.
  • Contributes to the development and delivery of external annual impact reports in collaboration with government counterparts, Conservation Funds and TNC global teams.
  • Work independently, working with supervisor as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience in conservation, international relations, social science, political science, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish.
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive report.
  • Experience with legislative, planning, policy, or corporate initiatives at two or more of the following levels: international, country, sub-national, or local.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with government or corporate staff and/or program leadership.
  • Experience working with diverse partners/government agencies and/or the corporate sector.
  • Expereince in recommending new policies, amendments or agreements and prepare draft versions.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Confidence and emotional intelligence.
  • Extensive experience in determining if policies align with objectives.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in policy analysis and conservation.
  • Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units, and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Experience building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements and contracts.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.


To apply for job ID 52817, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on January 31st, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.