The Nature Conservancy – Multiple Openings

REDD+ Mexico Communications Specialist

The Nature Conservancy is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in all 50 states and more than 33 countries. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The REDD+ Mexico Communications Specialist is responsible for creating and implementing a communications plan to support the goals of Mexico’s Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (M-REDD) Program.  
 
Primary responsibilities include:  
 
Draft content for printed and electronic material for internal, donor and external publications, such as brochures, papers, fact sheets, extension materials, and electronic newsletters.  
Edit M-REDD publications, project case studies, and other written materials, including regular reporting on M-REDD activities in the field to donors and for internal requirements.  
Coordinate closely with communications teams of The Nature Conservancy and M-REDD consortium member organizations to ensure all documents, particularly external communications materials, are being communicated and developed under organizational guidelines and policies.  
Ensure compliance with USAID donor communication and branding policies.    
Document M-REDD’s work on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation through photos and video.  
Respond to requests from the media, key stakeholders, staff of The Nature Conservancy and other consortium member organizations and the public about the M-REDD’s work in a timely manner.  
Coordinate update of information on M-REDD work on website of the The Nature Conservancy and other consortium member organizations.  
Coordinate English-Spanish translations of program materials.  
Promote and monitor M-REDD’s presence on external websites and social media sites.  
With M-REDD project team members, build a communication plan to create an enabling environment for REDD in Mexico.  
Monitor and participate in REDD listservs to identify and alert colleagues about new opportunities.  
Coordinate journalist interviews with M-REDD staff.  
Accompany journalists and stakeholders on field trips.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s degree in English, Spanish, marketing or related field and minimum 5 years related work experience or equivalent combination.  

Fluency in English and Spanish.  
Experience with word processing, database management, and spreadsheet software.  
Experience cultivating and managing client relationships.  
Experience in project and account management.  
Supervisory experience.
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
Note: This position is contingent on USAID funding source  
This is a one-week job posting due to USAID proposal deadlines.  
 
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:  
Bachelor’s degree in English, Spanish, Journalism, Marketing or related field and 5 to 7 years related experience or equivalent combination.  
Demonstrated experience in MS Office, Word, and Excel.  May require database management skills with ability to produce reports.  Ability to use advanced computer functions including navigating the Internet.  Ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data.  
May require supervisory experience, including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance.  
Ability to foster an environment of creativity and professional growth.  
Work with and communicate with a wide range of people and personalities – the public, program leadership, and media partners.  
Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects.  
Excellent written and oral communication skills.  
Fluency in both Spanish and English language; written and spoken.  
Comfort with operating in a non-hierarchical and collegial manner.  
Knowledge of Mexico’s forest sector and climate change policies, laws, development and management issues is highly desired.  
Knowledge of UNFCCC policies and guidelines and forest carbon incentives such as REDD, CDM, and voluntary markets is highly desired.  
 
COMPLEXITY/PROBLEM SOLVING:  
Design, implement, and direct multiple projects, setting deadlines and ensuring program accountability.  
Acts as a resource to others to solve problems.  
Resolves complex issues independently within program area.  Experiments to find creative solutions.
 
DISCRETION/LATITUDE/DECISION-MAKING:  
Opportunity to act independently.  
Decisions may affect other staff in program area.  
 
RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT –FINANCIAL & SUPERVISORY:  
May supervise administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training, and development.  
May serve as a team leader for assigned projects and coordinate the work of others.  
May need to gain cooperation from individuals or groups over whom there is no direct authority in order to accomplish program goals.  
 
COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS:  
Communication and presentation skills; ability to persuasively convey the mission of TNC to diverse groups including donors, board members, the public and others.  
Solicit program support through clear written communications, including proposal writing and other written materials.  
Work with and communicate with a wide range of people – the public, program leadership, influential donors, and partners.  Work in partnership with other organizations in a collaborative or advisory role.  
Writes and edits promotional materials.  
Solicit program support through clear written communications, including proposal writing and other written materials.  
Leverages constructive and effective relationships inside and outside the Conservancy.  
 
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:  
Willingness to travel and work flexible hours.  
Ability to work under stress during peak workload periods.  
Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical strain.  Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.

BENEFITS
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit resume and cover letter as one document no later than March 24, 2011, 5:00 p.m. EST.  2 reference letters are welcomed as well.  
 
Visit  www.nature.org/careers/, click View Positions and search for this listing by the position title and/or location.  All resumes (CVs) and cover letters must be submitted through The Nature Conservancy’s online application system. Please attach them to your application as one document.  
 
If you are having technical problems with the site or application process, contact applyhelp@tnc.org and include job opening ID. Note: Please do not send questions related to specific positions to this e-mail address as they will not be able to be answered.  
All sections of online application must be completed (e.g. work experience, education and language skills, even if information that is included in resume), to be considered for a position.

REDD+ Mexico Conservation Finance Specialist
 
The REDD+ Conservation Finance Specialist will help build the financial architecture necessary for sustainably implementing Mexico’s Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (M-REDD) Program.  Working with local partner institutions, such as the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza (FMCN) and the Mexican Government, s/he will evaluate the costs and benefits of implementing the various REDD+ strategies under different economic scenarios, identify potential financing sources (including government, international cooperation, private-sector investments, carbon markets, etc.) and develop financial mechanisms combining the most promising/affordable sources for each set of REDD+ activities. S/he will help prepare the Mexican forestry sector to be the recipient of international investment, by strengthening financial institutions, creating private sector infrastructure, and providing on-the-ground monitoring of investments, among other activities. S/he will work with local institutions and M-REDD team members to support the creation of the financial incentives as well as legal and governance structures necessary to promote private investment in Mexican REDD+ activities. S/he will also support the design of the legal and institutional mechanisms necessary to ensure equitable access to REDD financial incentives and the just sharing of these among genuine stakeholders. S/he will work with REDD pilot project staff and partner institutions to carry out field demonstration projects aimed at assessing the feasibility and scalability of REDD financing mechanisms, defining best practices and lessons that can be adopted more widely, illustrating cost-effectiveness and potential for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and identifying possible risks or barriers to their implementation as well as potential benefits.  
 
Primary responsibilities include:  
 
Develop case studies and analyses of ways to increase public and private investments in REDD+ activities conducted and disseminated with public sector, private sector, and civil society.  
Work with Government of Mexico and partner institutions to design and implement systems and mechanisms for tracking financial flows from REDD+ projects, including fair and equitable distribution of benefits.  
Design and implement mechanisms to mobilize more, and more diverse, REDD+ financing from public and private, domestic and international, subsidy- and market-based sources.  
Design and implement the finance component of at least five pilot projects to test novel REDD+ financing mechanisms which produce measurable results that contribute to the establishment of a carbon baseline and/or viable carbon markets.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s degree in business, or related; and 4 years experience in banking, investment, business development, or related; or equivalent combination of education and related experience.  
Fluency in English and Spanish.  
Supervisory experience.  
Communications experience including presenting to business leaders, investors, or equivalent; and working in partnership with other organizations.  
Experience with MS Office, Word, Excel and Database management.  
Ability to work with partners/government agencies without violating any restrictions related to conflicts of interest, lobbying former employers, or influencing decision makers.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:  
Bachelor’s degree in business or conservation practice and 4-6 years experience relevant field or equivalent.  Master’s degree preferred.  
Fluency in both Spanish and English language, written and spoken.  
Experience working in the forests and climate change sector, especially related to financial and incentive mechanisms such as PES, REDD+ and CDM.  
Knowledge of Mexico’s forest sector and climate change policies, laws, development and management issues is highly desired.  
Solid knowledge of UNFCCC policies and guidelines and forest carbon incentives such as REDD, CDM, and voluntary markets.  
Successful experience in partnership development (partners, community, government, etc); political savvy and negotiation skills; proven ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams and demonstration to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.  
Proven leadership in the administration of similar size international donor support programs with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision and budgeting.  
Experience working with diverse host country partners preferred, including experience overseeing grants and/or subcontracts.  
Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the contract.  
Comfort with operating in a non-hierarchical and collegial manner.  
Demonstrated experience in MS Office, Word and Excel.  May require database management skills with ability to produce reports.  Ability to use advanced computer functions including navigating the Internet.  Ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data.  
Proven project management skills and ability to manage time and diverse activities under strict deadlines.  
Demonstrated supervisory experience, including the ability to motivate, lead, set objectives and manage performance.  
 
COMPLEXITY/PROBLEM SOLVING:  
Resolves complex issues independently within program area.  Experiments to find creative solutions.  
Designs, implements and directs multiple projects, setting and meeting deadlines and ensuring program accountability.  
May negotiate complex high profile or sensitive agreements.  
 
DISCRETION/LATITUDE/DECISION-MAKING:  
Significant opportunity to act independently within broad program goals.  
Makes strategic decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.  
Decisions may have program-wide impact.  
 
RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT – FINANCIAL AND SUPERVISORY:  
May supervise administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development  
May serve as team leader for assigned projects and coordinate the work of others.  
Responsibility and accountability for meeting departmental strategic goals and objectives.  
 
COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS:  
Ability to communicate professionally with a wide variety of people of different cultures to develop, negotiate and/or implement functional programs.  
Solicit program support through clear written communications, including proposal writing and other written materials.  
Identify, cultivate and solicit major donors in support of program activities.  
Strong communications and presentation skills;  
Work in partnership with other organizations in a collaborative and advisory capacity.  
 
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:  
Willingness to travel 20-30% of the time.  
Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical strain.  Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
 
BENEFITS
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
 
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit resume and cover letter as one document no later than March 24, 2011, 5:00 p.m. EST.  2 reference letters are welcomed as well.  
 
Visit  www.nature.org/careers/, click View Positions and search for this listing by the position title and/or location.  All resumes (CVs) and cover letters must be submitted through The Nature Conservancy’s online application system. Please attach them to your application as one document.  
 
If you are having technical problems with the site or application process, contact applyhelp@tnc.org and include job opening ID. Note: Please do not send questions related to specific positions to this e-mail address as they will not be able to be answered.  
All sections of online application must be completed (e.g. work experience, education and language skills, even if information that is included in resume), to be considered for a position.  
 
Job ID # 13054
EOE STATEMENT
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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