Europe is a leader in private sector finance for conservation and development and 64% of all global private sustainable investment originates in Europe. At the same time, public budgets are constrained by competing priorities, resulting in decreasing levels of available public funding for development and the environment. As a consequence, public donors are interested in opportunities to work with the private sector to leverage their limited public funds to stimulate greater levels of private investment, including through innovative financing models explicitly asking for CI to bring private funders and innovative finance to the table to leverage their investments. In order to unlock needed investments for conservation and successfully fund CI’s regional and thematic strategies, CI-Europe should is seeking the local expertise to bridge public and private funding opportunities.
From the office in Brussels, this role would identify private sector financial opportunities and work to liaise with CI’s traditional public funders in coordination with the Centre for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB) and the Ecosystem Finance & Markets (EFM) division, both based in CI’s headquarters in Washington D.C. The position is responsible for development, coordination, and delivery of strategic objectives with CI-Europe, CELB and EFM.
S/he is expected to be in continuous contact with a broad array of senior level internal and external stakeholders. S/he must be able to effectively leverage internal resources and external partners (existing and prospective) to expand CI’s reach and scale of impact across a portfolio of regional programs and initiatives.
The position will report to the Vice President, Managing Director of CI-Europe and work closely with leadership in CELB and EFM. S/he will deliver improvements in the core areas of:
- Scaled-up conservation finance mechanisms (in support of points above) – in conjunction and collaboration with EFM;
- Bringing public and private sector finance together in order to support CI’s regional and thematic strategies;
- Strengthening the link between private sector finance and CI field projects;
- Work with private funders on sustainable investment practices linked to CI’s mission and programs, e.g.: deforestation-free supply chains in support of the Amazonia strategy, sustainable production, REDD+, and innovative climate adaptation finance supporting the climate strategy, etc.
Functions and Responsibilities
- In conjunction with EFM, identify opportunities and develop initiatives to fully leverage CI’s experience with conservation finance tools and approaches to help sustainably finance activities supporting CI’s regional and thematic strategies. These include Conservation Agreements, Conservation Trust Funds, Impact Investing (private capital) and other innovative mechanisms needed to finance conservation at scale;
- Engage in broader conservation finance space as the EFM representative in-region, with a clear understanding of CI’s niche and capacity to engage globally and ability to represent CI’s interests with the financial community. Work with EFM and others to build capacity in-region and source and develop opportunities as they arise;
- Develop CI-Europe corporate partnership opportunities in the financial sector and creative financing solutions for individual and corporate donors;
- Engage with the private sector on responsible investment practices that support CI’s regional and thematic strategies, e.g.: deforestation-free supply chains in support of the Amazonia strategy, sustainable production, REDD+, and innovative climate adaptation finance supporting the climate strategy;
- Work with the CI-Europe team to identify opportunities to bring private sector finance to complement the public funding of the key European donors. By bringing the private and public sectors together, the position will create a valuable niche for CI moving forward;
- Work with the CI-Europe team to reflect the private sector perspective on key policy issues in relevant EU policy recommendations, and communicate CI’s EU policy recommendations to private sector partners.
This is a full time permanent position (Contrat à Durée Indéterminée). Candidates should be EU nationals or have a valid work permit for Belgium.
(Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements will not be considered.)
- Master degree or equivalent in economics/finance or associated aspects of financial or business law and more than 10 years of experience in investment banking, project finance, structured transactions, or large scale sustainable financing;
- Demonstrated ability to work with key decision makers, corporate suite executives or senior stake holders in either government, NGO or private sectors;
- A record of success in influencing and partnering with key stakeholders and establishing complex, long-lasting, potentially multi-stakeholder partnerships;
- Program or project management experience, preferably in the global conservation, NGO, advocacy or related for-profit arena;
- Demonstrated track record of successfully cultivating gifts, deal structuring or working with large institutional asset allocators;
- Advanced writing, editing, and verbal communication skills to cross both technical, cultural and geographical divides;
- Excellent technical and analytical skills;
- Excellent organization and time management skills;
- Team player and able to work effectively with diverse work groups in a multicultural environment;
- Proven ability to multitask and meet priorities. Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under minimal supervision;
- Excellent command of English;
- Candidates should be EU nationals or have a valid work permit for Belgium.
- Experience in developing public/private partnerships in the conservation or development arena;
- Professional working proficiency and knowledge of one or more additional European language.
A competitive salary and benefits package is offered commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications are to be submitted through the careers section of the CI website (www.conservation.org). Please apply using this link. Within this online application system, please make sure to upload your CV and cover letter. Applications submitted by mail will not be considered.
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