IRC Project Director

RESPONSIBILITIES This position requires significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge, experience in the Americas, and skills to ensure coherence and consistency within project deadlines. This position will manage the preparation and presentation of all proposed implementation plans and reports, as well as any other duties required that may arise during the project.

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IRC Project Director

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet.  


CI has embarked on a long-term effort to protect irrecoverable carbon globally and is partnering with the French Government to establish the next generation of protected areas or “Irrecoverable Carbon Reserves”, under the framework of the Alliance for the Conservation of Rainforests. The Irrecoverable Carbon Reserves model is a new set of actions applied to the existing ways people have protected and managed land. State-designated protected areas, Indigenous and community conservation areas (ICCAs), and even private lands could all become Irrecoverable Carbon Reserves if they apply the principles of climate resilience, inclusivity, and sustainable financing. Irrecoverable carbon is found in ecosystems spanning all continents except Antarctica, with the highest concentrations identified in the Amazon region, the Congo Basin, or insular Southeast Asia. These ecosystems contain more than 139 billion tonnes of irrecoverable carbon globally, most of which is stored in mangroves, peatlands, old-growth forests, and marshes. CI will build the enabling conditions supporting this work, while working with Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs) and governments to increase protection of the world’s first Irrecoverable Carbon Reserves in four “flagship geographies” in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Peru.

The Project Director is a senior position responsible for CI representation, leadership, and management of significant multi-million dollar bi-lateral project, providing overall leadership management and general technical direction of the entire project, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and stakeholders, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the donor agreement. The project director is responsible for ensuring adequate monitoring and evaluation systems are in place to support reporting and communications requirements to the donor and other stakeholders, as well as, that safeguards have been thoroughly embedded into the design of the project with particular emphasis on fostering a team and project culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all aspects of the project.

This position must identify issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate adjustments, serving as the main point of contact for government relations, indigenous representatives, donor relations and private sector outreach, and all other counterparts and implementing partners. Developing and maintaining a comprehensive stakeholder engagement, consultation, and management strategy will be key to promoting buy-in and ownership for project outcomes.


This position requires significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge, experience in the Americas, and skills to ensure coherence and consistency within project deadlines. This position will manage the preparation and presentation of all proposed implementation plans and reports, as well as any other duties required that may arise during the project.


  • Leads and manages the project team – providing strategic direction, vision, coordination, resource management, and supervision required to accomplish strategic goals and objectives and to deliver superior quality products. 
  • Oversees all project staff and builds local and institutional capacity.
  • Oversees the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, developing solutions to keep deliverables on track and motivate staff and partners.
  • Serves as the primary CI representative and liaison with the donor and all internal and external stakeholders, building and maintaining critical partnerships for CI.
  • Directs the preparation of the annual and biannual work plans, budgets, and annual progress reports, submitting timely, accurate, and professional reports that meet donor requirements.
  • Directs and oversees grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation, and quality assurance.
  • Establishes and maintains effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems.
  • Guarantees the efficient and effective use of the resources to reach the desired results of the project, monitoring the work plans, budgets, and finances, in accordance with the procedures of the donor.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Manage the Project Steering Committee
  • Ensure close coordination with Amazon Verde Project
  • Coordinate with CI Country Directors and offices
  • Direct oversight for the project leads in each country
  • Articulate other projects, initiatives, key activities with CI Country programs.
  • Create alliances with other implementation partners.


  • This position, directly and indirectly, supervises project staff, consultants, and partners via sub-awards.
  • This position manages a significant public funding project and budget.
  • This position must ensure strict compliance with the donor and award regulations of the public funding source, managing all donor agreements, reporting, and communications.


  • This position is based in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, or Bolivia. 
  • Frequent travel to the project site and other office locations.  
  • Comfortable working out of doors for extended periods.
  • Ability to work extended work hours to meet project deadlines.



  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline or field related to the objectives of the project.
  • 7 or more years of progressively responsible international work experience implementing multi-sector programs with demonstrated strong management skills.
  • 2 or more years of management experience, including direct supervision of professional and support staff and assembling teams working on multi-faceted international development programs;
  • Proven leadership in the administration of similar activities with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting.
  • Experience and knowledge of relevant donor regulations, policies, and procedures with demonstrated success managing international projects of similar scope and scale.
  • Proven ability to engage and collaborate effectively and establish strong working relationships with senior representatives of national and local government, the private sector, indigenous peoples bodies, and civil society
  • Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor-approved monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Superior technical and analytical skills. 
  • Superior interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.


  • Master's/Advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with Indigenous peoples at regional and international levels.
  • Knowledge of climate and conservation frameworks and strategies.
  • Work experience in the Amazon.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021 (11:49 PM EST) 

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Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.​

  • Passion: Inspired by people and by nature, we are urgently compelled to drive change for a sustainable future. 
  • Integrity: We are honest, transparent, and accountable for our actions.
  • Teamwork: We work together as one CI, recognizing that inclusion, collaboration, and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
  • Respect: We respect each other and work to earn trust, valuing our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
  • Courage: We pursue our vision, taking bold action, persevering, and overcoming challenges.
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the capacity of people to be caring, generous, and brilliant, and believe that with partners, we can inspire humanity to create a better future.

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