Portfolio Manager, Enduring Earth

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World Wide Fund for Nature

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Washington, DC, United States

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27 days ago

Overview:

About Enduring Earth

Enduring Earth is an ambitious partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Pew Charitable
Trusts, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and ZOMALAB’s Global Permanence Fund intended to help
governments around the world expand and sustainably protect Nature and benefit communities with the
target to conserve more than 500 million hectares in 20 Project Finance for Permanence deals over the
next 10 years.
Experts have identified the need to protect 30% of the world’s natural habitat for the benefit of people and
nature. According to a recent report by the Paulson Institute, a major barrier to achieving this goal is long-
term financing. Enduring Earth utilizes a proven model, known as Project Finance for Permanence (PFP),
that employs private sector finance principles to ensure entire systems of protected areas are sustainably
managed and financed.
Project Finance for Permanence has been used to protect more than 90M hectares of critical ecosystems.
Examples of PFP deals include:
  • Great Bear Rainforest: Where a PFP protected 8M hectares of old growth forest in British Columbia,
helping to end the timber wars in Canada
  • Costa Rica: Where a PFP enabled the country to become the first developing nation to meet its 30%
protected area goals; and
  • Bhutan: Where a PFP helped put more than 50% of the entire nation under permanent conservation
protection

To date, a pipeline of 30+ new projects has been identified that will yield large scale protection of
nature, strong benefits for people, and measurable climate impacts. These include ensuring the
management and community engagement for the national parks of Chilean Patagonia; expanding
marine protected areas in Belize; supporting community conservancy models in Namibia and Kenya; and
creating indigenous protected areas that return management rights to traditional owners in Colombia.

About the position

You’ll join a top-notch team and innovative partnership committed to community economic
development and the durable protection of millions of hectares of land and ocean. You’ll work directly
with, and serve as a thought partner to, Enduring Earth’s Managing Director and Executive Management
Team. This role will have extensive interaction with Hub staff, as well as all Enduring Earth partner
organizations. The Portfolio Manager will need to build strong working relationships and trust with staff
at all levels and influence/inspire people to collaborate without formal reporting lines. The Portfolio
Manager will manage information flow to leadership and crisply communicate details to inform top-level
decision making.
Responsibilities:
The Portfolio Manager will be responsible and lead four key areas which are described in detail below.

Area 1: Deal pipeline management

  • Managing the stage-gating process for deal development including setting standards, developing
templates / tools, offering guidance to deal teams, developing memos and codification of
decisions, etc.
  • Project managing portfolio including tracking deal progress, specific information, etc. and
developing transparent and accessible information tracker (database)
  • Identifying where support is needed for individual deals across stage-gating continuum and
matching to existing capacities working with the Knowledge Management Officer
  • Supporting the expansion of the Enduring Earth pipeline to meet the partnership’s goals of 20
PFPs executed by 2030
  • Coordinating the Portfolio Committee including agenda setting, meeting facilitation, and other
administrative tasks as required

Area 2: Coordination of EE metrics, monitoring, evaluation

  • Finalizing the metrics for the Enduring Earth partnership deals, developing the processes for
impact tracking, and executing
  • Coordinating whole of portfolio evaluation, tracking progress on representation, global goals,
etc.

Area 3: Enabling highest quality PFPs

  • Working with the Knowledge Manager to integrate lessons into deal stage-gating evaluation and
PFP deal development
  • Identifying capacity & expertise within organizations and sharing knowledge & information
across deals working with the Knowledge Manager

Area 4: Linking deal portfolio to the broader partnership

  • Coordinating and providing input to the resource mobilization, community impact, and
communication committees and vice versa
Qualifications:
  • A Master’s Degree (or higher) and 10 years of experience in conservation practice or equivalent
combination of education and experience.• Experience with the Project Finance for Permanence model, or other large-scale conservation finance
schemes strongly preferred.
  • Experience with protected area system design and management and working with methods and
standards of biodiversity.
  • Experience developing social or economic development programs for communities tied to
conservation initiatives.
  • Experience managing programs and/or pipelines and proficiency in management tools to ensure
efficiency.
  • Knowledge of politics, economics, and society with respect to environmental policy and initiatives.
  • Strong communication skills are required, including diplomacy and demonstrated ability to navigate
complex decision-making across multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to operate independently, effectively prioritizing to meet deadlines and commitments and
produce high-quality work under pressure and time constraints.
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a matrixed team environment.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, etc.)
  • Fluency in English required, proficiency in other languages a plus.

Benefits:
Comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance;
3% automatic contribution and a 3% employer match on 401(k) contributions; pre-tax transportation
benefits; and paid holiday, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.

To apply to this position please send your CV to: operations@enduringearth.org. Please DO NOT apply through the WWF Careers site.