Job: Manager of External Affairs, Africa Region with the Nature Conservancy (Arlington, VA)

The Nature Conservancy
Manager of External Affairs, Africa Region
External Affairs/Government Relations

Arlington, Virginia

� Master's degree in political science, public policy, environmental policy or related field and minimum 5 years' experience.
�� Experience developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
�� Successful track record presenting to and communicating with government officials, corporate executives, board
members and others.
�� Experience working with partners and government agencies and influencing decision makers.
�� Excellent writing and communication skills, and demonstrated experience writing successful funding proposals.

The Manager of External Affairs, Africa Region reports to the Africa Region Director for External Affairs and coordinates and implements plans and strategies to maximize the engagement of U.S.-based partners, in particular U.S. government agencies and U.S.-headquartered organizations; as well as programs and entities internal to the Conservancy, in support of conservation priorities for the Africa Region (AR). Principal conservation priorities include Northern Kenya, Western and Northern Tanzania, Western Zambia, and Gabon. S/he helps develop and implement plans and strategies as a member of the Africa External Affairs team and in consultation with the Africa Conservation and Fundraising teams. S/he also identifies public funding opportunities and writes and edits public funding proposals. S/he develops and implements strategies in collaboration with TNC's Worldwide Office (WO) and U.S. State Chapters, where appropriate, in support of AR projects and priorities. S/he engages in regular contact with government officials and U.S. partners regarding matters pertaining to administrative and legislative actions related to the mission of the Conservancy, and public-sector fund raising to increase the level of financial support for AR projects and priorities. S/he works to secure financial support for AR conservation priorities from USAID, MCC, USFWS, USFS, GEF, World Bank, and others. S/he manages centrally funded projects. S/he complies with federal lobbying laws and regulations, and monitors legislative initiatives and policies which are related to AR conservation priorities.

The Manager of External Affairs, Africa Region represents the Conservancy with U.S.-based partner organizations such as other environmental NGOs, umbrella organizations such as the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG), private corporations and associations, special interest groups and governmental officials, and works among key government officials to increase policy and public funding support for AR's mission and programs. S/he represents AR at the Worldwide Office in Arlington. S/he coordinates the work of AR External Affairs with the Chief Conservation Office, International Government Relations, and U.S. Government Relations teams at WO, and represents the Director of External Affairs AR at relevant meetings. S/he reports to the Director of External Affairs for AR.

�� Master's degree in political science, public policy, environmental policy or related field and 5-7 years' experience.
�� Knowledge of current political, socio-economic and conservation trends and issues in Africa; excellent working
knowledge of federal policy as it relates to African conservation issues.
�� 2-5 years' experience focused on Africa.
�� Fluency in English required; basic literacy in French (written and verbal) preferred.
� Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.

�� Cultivate the creative ideas of others to identify potential solutions. Experiment to find creative solutions - thinks out of the box; work is highly diversified and needed courses of action often do not fall under established practices and guidelines.
�� Help design, implement and direct multiple complex projects, setting and meeting deadlines and ensuring program accountability. Incorporate cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
�� Coordinate the efforts of multiple parties (both internal and external to the Conservancy) on projects.

�� Self motivator; able to work with a dispersed team across multiple time zones and geographies.
�� Significant opportunity to act independently within broad program goals.
�� Makes strategic decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
�� Decisions may have program-wide impact.

�� Supervise administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development. Establish clear directions and set stretch objectives.
�� Develop and operate within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance. Help develop and administer departmental budget; has authority to modify budget based on changing circumstances.
�� Ensure that public and private funds are raised to meet program needs.
�� Meet TNC policies and procedures regarding external lobbying and legal regulations and standards.

�� Ability to communicate professionally with a wide variety of people of different cultures to develop, negotiate and/or implement functional programs.
�� Prepare and present project proposals and negotiate with bilateral/multilateral agencies to achieve program goals.
�� Solicit program support through clear written communications, including proposal writing and other written
�� Strong communications and presentation skills.
�� Strong writing and editing skills.
�� Work in partnership with other organizations in a collaborative and advisory capacity.

�� Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or strain. Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
�� This position requires moderate travel, up to 20%.
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

© 2015 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Privacy Statement