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Human Rights in Conservation Director at Nature Conservancy

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Human Rights in Conservation Director at Nature Conservancy

Human Rights in Conservation Director

Job ID



All International

Full/Part Time





Arlington, Virginia USA

Office location flexible where TNC has offices with strong preference for Latin America, Asia Pacific or Africa.


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life ## insideTNC.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.


The Human Rights in Conservation Director will lead the development and implementation of guidelines and practices for TNC’s global conservation practices to meet our commitments to respecting human rights in all of our work, in alignment with international human rights law and governmental and NGO entities. This will include leading the development and implementation of programs, tools and initiatives for conservation staff to deliver equitable conservation outcomes, including leading and operationalizing an Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework and representing TNC on human rights issues, including with the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights.

The Director will apply expertise in community- and human rights-focused conservation to analyze and drive strategy development and implementation of community- and equity-based efforts in support of conservation culture, practice and outcomes across the Conservancy. Working closely with the Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and Environmental and Social Safeguards teams they will bring together guidance, best practices, resources and curricula to support the adoption of key strategies, support creation of templates and resources for the organization, and develop a community of practice to support the expansion of this work.

The Director will develop key partnerships with governmental agencies and NGOs to identify and resolve key issues and to widely communicate solutions, innovative scientific methods, analysis, tools and frameworks to address organizational and sector gaps in equitable conservation. They establish the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within human rights- and equity-focused conservation, define conservation priorities and build strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field. They work with field programs to engage with local communities to co-develop local conservation efforts, and negotiate complex and innovative solutions to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Working with the Legal, Human Resources and Ethics & Compliance teams, they will be responsible for assessing training needs, identifying required resources, and evaluating learning program effectiveness to support the rollout of the Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework. They will collaborate on the process of the design, development, and maintenance of learning tools. They will manage documentation, initiate complex processes, and serve as key team member for the enhancement of systems and tools used by conservation practitioners across the organization.


  • Develops long-term strategies and achieves strategic goals and objectives
  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment.
  • Develops long term strategies and achieves strategic goals and objectives to support equitable conservation practice across TNC, human rights guidance and Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework
  • Designs, implements and manages:
    • Assessments to identify potential human rights risks in conservation projects
    • Replicable strategies to mitigate identified human rights risks in conservation projects
    • Monitoring protocols to ensure mitigations are put into place and to identify changing and emerging risks.
    • Curricula and training opportunities for staff to respect human rights and prevent human rights violations in our work
  • Recruits, retains and manages high quality and effective multi-disciplinary staff with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.
  • Directs or participates in negotiations for complex or sensitive agreements
  • Serves as an advisor and resource to global business units
  • Leads negotiating and contracting with vendors to support the program
  • Takes leadership role on interdepartmental teams to coordinate the work of peers
  • May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours, and:
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.


  • BA/BS degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience, including at least 3 years working on conservation projects with human rights risks.
  • Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance, including management/supervision of multi-disciplinary teams and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic regions.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating
  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans at the state or country level.
  • Experience with financial management of a large program.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated;
  • Master’s degree in social or behavioral science, interdisciplinary science, learning and/or organizational change;
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience in instruction design, movement building, collective action or related;
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive and write creatively for various audiences and excellent presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to design, deliver and evaluate curriculum, materials, and learning tools;
  • Ability to center multiple, nondominant and intersectional narratives;
  • Ability to work in partnership with others in a collaborative or advisory role;
  • Experience with both U.S. and non-U.S. programs;
  • Leadership ability, discretion and excellent judgment;
  • Exceptional analytic and creative skills;
  • Proven ability to succeed through positive influence, persuasion and tact;
  • Experience delivering successful learning initiatives;
  • Experience delivering unsuccessful learning initiatives;
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and hold space across different communities;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and work within networks and communities of practice;
  • Commitment to and experience in movement building;
  • Lived and/or professional experience in intersectional environmentalism.


Job Family: Conservation

Job Number: 250007

Salary Grade: 9

Salary dependent on location and experience. Example salary ranges for this position:

Arlington, VA (USD): 110,000-134,000
Beijing, CHINA (CNY): 582,000 708,000
Nairobi, KENYA (KES): 8,000,000 10,250,000
Sao Paulo, BRAZIL (BRL): 290,000 342,000

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

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