Website The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Location: Arlington, VA

Overview: 

The Nature Bonds Program is a holistic approach to leverage debt refinancing for effective, durable conservation and climate action. We work with governments to help them refinance debt and generate new funding to invest in conservation, and in climate mitigation and adaptation measures. The Greening Sovereign Debt (GSD) initiative, a workstream of the Nature Bonds Program, seeks to accelerate the use of Nature Bonds projects by influencing the policies and practices of international financial institutions and borrower and lender countries. GSD intends to transform the $9 trillion developing country sovereign debt market into a vehicle to accelerate the transition to low-carbon, nature-positive economies via our debt refinancing for nature and climate model. To achieve this, GSD focuses on influencing Multilateral Development Banks and Bilateral lenders to increase credit enhancement, enhancing the capacity of developing governments to do Nature Bonds projects, and influencing the IMF and credit rating agencies to incorporate nature and climate in their Debt Sustainability Analysis and rating methodologies.

Roles/Responsibilities: 

Under the guidance of and with the assistance from the GSD Director, the GSD Policy Advisor will work directly with technical level staff of international institutions, other NGOs, and country governments to influence policies and practices that lead to achieving the GSD goal of scaling the Nature Bonds Program. The GSD Policy Advisor will support the GSD Director in strategy creation and implementation by:

  • Leading the creation of publications (reports, blogs, webpages and papers) including building teams of internal and external members to create materials and ensure quality to meet the GSD goals;
  • Leading the organization of and participation in specialized events (panels, side events, etc.), webinars and workshops for internal and external audiences as defined in the program strategy;
  • Leading the implementation of workshops for the Nature Bonds Toolkit for capacity building among country ministries and partner organizations, via regional trainings and workshops in collaboration with organizations including global organizations (USAID, V20, etc.);
  • Leading communication and facilitating collaboration with internal teams (TNC Science, other workstreams withing the Nature Bonds Program, TNC Policy, etc.) and external partners;
  • Creating, advising and supporting technical teams within the International Monetary Fund and Credit Rating Agencies to incorporate nature it their analysis and methodologies.
  • Supporting the GSD Director in influencing Multilateral Development Banks and Development Finance Institutions, donor governments/IFI shareholders, international organizations to incorporate GSD recommendations and representing GSD on technical and working groups.
  • Supporting the TNC China team, and consultants, in exploration of nature-linked financing structures.
  • Managing project work plans and teams to deliver GSD targets.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, management or other relevant field and 5 years of government relations or corporate sector experience, or equivalent combination education/experience.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Analytical and project management experience. Experience in successfully developing and implementing complex projects in an unstructured environment.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience developing, directing, and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
  • Experience with communication and presentations.
  • Experience with negotiation skills.

To apply for this job please visit careers.nature.org.