Blue Carbon Technical Director - Arlington

Long-term contract
Localisation Arlington, United States
No remote
7 yrs of exp.
Posted on 06-06-2024

Conservation International

Since 1987, Conservation International has worked to spotlight and secure the critical benefits that nature provides to humanity.

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IBCI Project Portfolio Development:

  • In close collaboration with the IBCI Senior Director, CI’s blue carbon and Asia NCS teams (as well as other key partners), develop a portfolio of projects that advance the objectives of the IBCI and are aligned with CI’s broader blue carbon program. These projects will include elements spanning applied science, policy, field project implementation, and blue carbon finance. This will include:
  • Working with project teams in the identification, evaluation, and development of proposed IBCI projects to assess feasibility, potential impact, and alignment with organizational objectives.
  • Ensuring the effective implementation of approved IBCI projects, through highest quality deliverables and maximum impact outcomes.
  • Developing and leading project implementation for specific priority projects.
  • Co-developing finance mechanisms for conserving, restoring, and managing blue carbon ecosystems, in collaboration with CI teams and partners.
  • Provide regular monitoring and reporting on IBCI project impacts using known metrics.
  • Work closely with the Center for Natural Climate Solutions and Climate Finance teams in support of the origination, assessment, and delivery of regional blue carbon projects.
  • Work with collaborators and partners to ensure publication of findings in reputable scientific journals.
  • Author and/or contribute to writing and editing technical reports, manuals, handbooks, and guidelines relating to blue carbon methodologies.
  • Represent the IBCI and CI at international conferences and events to share outputs, lessons learned and strengthen CI’s leadership in blue carbon.

Collaboration And Capacity Building

  • Foster collaborative relationships with governments, scientists, NGOs, and local communities, promoting knowledge-sharing and capacity-building efforts.
  • Work closely with the blue climate and IBCI capacity-building team to develop training programs and resources for blue carbon practitioners and communities, enhancing their skills and understanding.
  • Support and provide technical advice and input on blue carbon science and build capacity across CI teams and staff and, where appropriate, external partners and collaborators, through training workshops, and public events (for specialized and general audiences).
  • Enthusiastically and effectively represent the IBCI and CIs broader Blue Climate program with internal and external partners.

Staff And People Management

  • Provide empathetic, clear, and inspiring leadership, mentoring, and guidance for staff directly reporting to the position, from the IBCI and across CI.
  • Provide key leadership, including robust contributions to strategy development, planning processes, fundraising, team initiatives/special projects, reporting, and communication efforts as needed.

Fundraising & Budget Management

  • Ensure clear, robust management of IBCI financial resources, specifically related to projects under the management of this position. This includes working with project partners to develop robust budgets in collaboration with CI’s finance staff.
  • Assist with the identification of potential funding sources, including grants, donors, corporate partnerships, and individual supporters.
  • Work with the Senior Director, IBCI, and CI’s partnerships and development teams to develop and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies to secure funds for IBCI’s work across three work areas of applied research and science innovation programs, capacity development, and network building.
  • Develop funding proposals for grants, donors, corporate partnerships, and individual supporters.


  • Collaborate with the IBCI and CI communications teams to effectively socialize research findings, project updates, and blue carbon initiatives to a diversity of relevant audiences, including decision-makers, donors, financiers, and scientists.
  • Provide scientific input and quality control to the communications team for internal and external facing communications on blue carbon and for resources and collaterals produced by the IBCI.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as biology, ecology, environmental science, conservation or related discipline.
  • 7 or more years of relevant work experience with demonstrated expertise in coastal blue carbon ecosystems.
  • Clear passion for achieving human well-being and conservation of biodiversity.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of blue carbon ecosystems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and biodiversity conservation and restoration, with a proven track record of related impactful research, publications and/or project implementation.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills and experience, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines in highly dynamic environment, experience in the global conservation, NGO, advocacy or related not-for-profit arena will be considered favorably.
  • A record of success partnering with, and influencing key stakeholders and building strong partnerships across public and private sectors and civil society.
  • Excellent analytical, research, and communication skills, with the ability to convey complex scientific information effectively to diverse relevant audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire interdisciplinary teams, driving collaboration and achieving results.
  • Proven success in effectively working with diverse teams across regions of the world and engaging with staff.
  • High level of independence, able to assess changing situations, prioritize, and work in a fast-paced environment to meet deadlines.
  • Enthusiasm and capacity for learning scientific and related basis for specific conservation outcomes as needed to support policy priorities and processes.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of and team leader within a highly functioning network team in complex and dynamic programs, involving multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Superb oral and written communication skills including experience communicating for broad variety of audiences, including academic, media, and fund-raising.


The following qualifications will be considered favorably:

  • A PhD or advanced degree.
  • Experience implementing conservation programs in the field.
  • Experience working experience with Indigenous peoples and traditional communities.
  • Language skills: Bahasa, Tagalog or other Southeast Asian languages is a plus. Spanish, Portuguese or French also desirable.

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