Protect Lead, Latin America

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The Nature Conservancy

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13 days ago


Latin America

Location is flexible in TNC's core countries in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru)



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The Protect Lead for Latin America works with a broad array of Nature Conservancy and external technical specialists to provide guidance and advice to the Conservancy’s Latin America Region and its individual country programs on setting priorities, developing strategies and actions to protect specific areas (terrestrial, freshwater, and marine) that are important for the conservation of biodiversity in the region.

The Protect Lead is an active participant in high-level policy and technical discussions on the subject of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine protection and able to engage Conservancy staff at all levels and across all regions, as well as governments, corporations, lending institutions, donors, and other non-profit groups to promote sustainable solutions to ensure the clear protection mechanisms of important conservation areas. The incumbent may indirectly manage small teams and is responsible for collaborating with projects and staff in field units and the Global Protect Oceans, Lands, and Waters team to ensure the sharing and application of best practices.

The Protect Lead has a strong track record in supporting fund-raising efforts, especially in the development and writing of technically strong project proposals. An understanding of the science underlying prioritization and implementation of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine protection is required, as well as a solid knowledge and understanding of the Latin American policy arena related to conservation and land and water protection.


The Protect Lead for Latin America will be the main liaison with Global and regional teams to support the identification and design of large innovative conservation transaction structures with a focus on Project Finance for Permanence (PFP), debt financing strategies and other transactional approaches to advance durable and lasting protection for nature while providing community development benefits for people. They will coordinate with the Conservancy’s Global Protect team, to leverage expertise, standards and tools from across the organization, and ensure that our work is focused and maximized in line with our organizational goals and initiatives. The Protect Lead serves as lead advisor across TNC Latin America teams and field programs to develop specific, prioritized, and actionable protection initiatives and support their work as a contact for government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community to ensure a coherent, unified approach commensurate with the need and opportunity. They may play a leading role in working with public or private fundraising teams with donor identification, cultivation and stewardship for the Latin America Region and its individual country programs, and support efforts to ensure that protection work in LAR is adequately leveraged and represented in international policy and donor events.

They will work with key Conservancy staff to coordinate, integrate and promote the region’s protection projects, helping the organization leverage its field successes into new financial, policy and corporate engagement tools that dramatically increase the scale of our influence and result in large-scale and measurable conservation results.

The Protect Lead for Latin America reports to the LAR Conservation Director with a dotted line connection to the Global Protect Oceans, Land, and Waters team. The position will be based in any of the countries in Latin America where TNC has offices.

The key responsibilities that you would lead on are:

  • In coordination with the LAR Conservation and Policy Directors, supports protection work in Latin America within a highly matrixed structure in collaboration with country programs, the regional business unit, and global teams. 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.
  • Focal point for the Global Protect program in advancing work in conservation finance; participation in a network of practitioners for PFPs and durable protection strategies. Works to elevate protection priorities, leverage organizational expertise, and strengthen protection outcomes at the local, regional, and global levels
  • In coordination with the LAR Conservation and Policy Directors, develops long-term strategies and supports field teams to achieve strategic goals and objectives.
  • Supports the two Directors to Accelerate Impact (DAIs) to enhance coordination across business units, filter demands and streamline communications to improve work on terrestrial, freshwater, and marine protection.
  • May be responsible for leading or co-leading a team of specialists among and between Latin America country programs to design, develop and execute a regional strategy to protect key terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity in selected places across the region.
  • Able to recruit, retain and manage high quality and effective multi-disciplinary staff with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.
  • Broad management and leadership responsibility, both internal and external to the organization to support our protection work at the field, national and international scale. This will be innovative, pragmatic and results-oriented focused leadership.
  • Dedicates appropriate and significant amount of time to raising funds to implement the protection strategy.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment.
  • May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours.


  • BA/BS degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with conservation trust funds or other financial mechanisms to support conservation objectives.
  • 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 relevant discipline(s) and geographic regions.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • 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 negotiating.
  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans at the state or country level.
  • Experience with financial management of a large program.


  • Multi- lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 10-12 years’ experience in conservation practice 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.
  • Outstanding written and spoken communication skills in English, Spanish and/or Portuguese a plus
  • Politically savvy.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become 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, we impact conservation throughout the world!

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