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Job Opportunities with Amazon Conservation

Two Positions are currently open with Amazon Conservation:

  • Executive Director

  • Conservation Impact Consultant (Project mid-term review and impact evaluator consultancy)

Please scroll through the page to see both current postings, requirements, and application guidelines.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
WASHINGTON DC

POSITION SUMMARY
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director of Amazon Conservation is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board.  Based in Washington, D.C., the Executive Director will provide strategic leadership to a vibrant and committed professional team of seven and work in close collaboration with the Executive Directors of two sister organizations: Conservación Amazónica–ACEAA, in Bolivia, and Conservación Amazónica–ACCA, in Peru.  As part of a three-country Alliance, the Executive Directors comprise a leadership team that coordinates the overall work of the Alliance. The Executive Director of Amazon Conservation provides oversight and support for similar coordination among staff members across the three organizations. S/he also ensures that fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the Association.

Collaborating with Board, founders, staff, and sister organizations, the Executive Director will represent Amazon Conservation through interaction with a wide range of entities and provide the leadership and foresight to broaden the awareness of Amazon Conservation with funders, key stakeholders and partners. S/he will capitalize on opportunities, identify challenges, and secure the resources necessary to meet those challenges. 

Primary responsibilities include:

Fundraising and Communications

  • Lead fundraising strategy and oversight for the organization, with a focus on securing unrestricted funds and maintaining restricted funding. 
  • Work with the Board and Development and Communications Associate to achieve Amazon Conservation’s fundraising targets for individual donors ($1,000,000), maintain retention rates, and increase interaction with donors and prospects.
  • Oversee Amazon Conservation’s grant fundraising strategy with active participation in key major grants. Work with staff in ACCA and ACEAA to develop new strategies to orient grant budgets towards funding a greater share of core costs. 
  • Maintain relationships with major-grant funders and build new relationships, diversifying funding sources, including earned income from biological stations/lodges, in very close partnership with ACCA in Peru.
  • Provide leadership in communications and outreach to expand awareness and funding opportunities for the organization. In addition to the Chair of the Board and Founders, the Executive Director will be an effective spokesperson, representing Amazon Conservation at events and meetings, and with donors, partners, program beneficiaries, and the public to keep stakeholders informed of the organization’s work and to maintain strong relationships and organizational image. 
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Implement the branding and communications strategy created in 2017.

Board and Alliance Relations

  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities.
  • Effectively inform and engage Board members, work closely with Board committees, and prepare for and facilitate Board meetings and the annual budgeting process.
  • Work with the Alliance Executive Director team to plan joint priorities and strategy and build consensus between the Executive Director group and the Board; foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between Executive Director, sister organization Directors, and Staff.
  • Work with the Board to set annual priorities, as well as the Executive Director team and Staff, and work through Board committees or temporary task forces to achieve those goals.

Program and Organizational Planning and Management

  • Develop an operational plan that works toward the strategic direction of the organization; partner with Alliance Executive Director team and Amazon Conservation Senior Managers to oversee the effectual day-to-day operation of the organization.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services.  Ensure that the programs and services offered contribute to the organization’s mission, reflect the priorities of the Board, and maintain or improve quality.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution, and evaluation of special projects, including providing strategic oversight and support for outreach to improve funding for Amazon Journeys, the Alliance’s for-profit initiative in Peru.
  • Conduct ongoing, big picture direction and prioritization for Amazon Conservation programs, activities and budgets with effective coordination and communications among Amazon Conservation, ACCA, ACEAA, and Board members.
  • Working with the Board of Directors and Alliance Executive Director team and Staff, lead the effort to create a Strategic Plan that supports key programmatic and organizational needs.

Human Resources and Financial Planning and Management

  • Coordinate with the Alliance Executive Director team and Boards where appropriate to ensure a big picture approach to division of roles and use of resources to maximize effectiveness and cost efficiency across the three countries.
  • Coach and mentor Association staff as appropriate to improve performance.
  • Partner with the Finance Director to prepare comprehensive annual budgets, including consolidation with budgets from sister organizations, and to continue to strengthen and expand finance function at Amazon Conservation to incorporate timely and accurate accounting and financial forecasting.

OPPORTUNITY
This is a remarkable and rare opportunity to lead a dynamic, international nonprofit that is part of the Latin American landscape it seeks to protect. Working with communities, governments, science, research and policy, the Executive Director will support and partner closely with sister organizations on the ground in Peru and Bolivia to protect the environmental future of the Amazon Basin, the biggest and most diverse river system in the world. This is an opportunity to lead an amazing staff and work with brilliant minds to save the forests of the western Amazon for the people and species who depend upon them.

Essential qualifications and attributes include:

  • At least five to eight years of professional experience in conservation-related projects or similar ventures in an international setting, ideally in the Andean Amazon.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising with grantmakers and individual/major donors; experience diversifying revenue sources to support programs and initiatives. 
  • English and Spanish fluency in speech and writing.
  • Leadership skills and ability to inspire and motivate others toward stated goals; demonstrated success managing a high-functioning team.
  • Experience developing a strong and effective relationship with and supporting a Board of Directors and committee structure desired.
  • Development and implementation of strategic plans and initiatives and identification and prioritization of short- and long-term organizational goals, needs, and resources.
  • Demonstrated success managing major initiatives at a conservation organization, private company, or university.
  • Strong team ethic, with demonstrated success in organizational or collaborative departmental leadership.
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary teams on complex problems.
  • Financial and business acumen to ensure short- and long-term stability of the organization’s assets.
  • Willingness to travel frequently within Peru, Bolivia, and the U.S.
  • Advanced degree strongly preferred; training in project management and/or conflict resolution desired.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.

Other desired skills and personal characteristics:

  • A strong collaborator and listener who invites input from a variety of areas to achieve cooperative outcomes.
  • Effective in public speaking and serving as an organizational spokesperson.   
  • Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, to encourage teamwork and collaboration.
  • Awareness of Latin American cultural and politics preferred.
  • Strong connection with and passion for the mission of Amazon Conservation.
  • Confident, wise, and humble.

COMPENSATION
Compensation for the Executive Director includes a competitive base salary commensurate with experience and an excellent package of employee benefits.

TO APPLY:
Amazon Conservation Association has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search.  Please submit your resume and expression of interest to Chris Spagnola, Senior Recruiter, at cspagnola@thinkingahead.com, and Jonathan McIntosh, Recruiter, at jmcintosh@thinkingahead.com.

All questions and applications should be sent to ThinkingAhead Executive Search. Please do not call or email Amazon Conservation with inquiries.

Download the posting here.

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CONSERVATION IMPACT CONSULTANT (Project mid-term review and impact evaluator consultancy)

POSITION SUMMARY
The Andean Amazon maintains large tracts of intact forest, however, increasing deforestation is a critical problem and monitoring and responding to deforestation in a timely, accurate, and effective way is a core problem for forest users, policymakers and law enforcement.

Amazon Conservation and Conservación Amazónica-ACCA’s innovative program focused on advancing the emerging field of near real-time deforestation monitoring in the Peruvian Amazon seeks to tackle these challenges through, 1) timely analysis of deforestation alerts and high-resolution imagery to identify current patterns and drivers of deforestation (http://maaproject.org), and 2) providing forest users, land managers, law enforcement and other actors on the ground in Madre de Dios, Peru with technical and legal tools to identify and act on illegal deforestation activity.

Amazon Conservation is seeking a consultant (whether an institution or an individual) with deep expertise in impact assessment of conservation projects to conduct a mid-term review of our NORAD funded project as required per our agreement. The main purpose of this consultancy is to measure through an independent evaluation the changes that can be attributed to the project using efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability criteria. The evaluation will be based on the most updated Results Framework submitted to NORAD and will cover the period from May 2016 to June 2018. Interested parties should send a proposal following the guidelines below by October 31 2018. Applicant must have technical, legal, and logistical capacity to conduct work in Peru, including Madre de Dios.

Duties
The main goal of the consultancy is to assess if Amazon Conservation and Conservación Amazónica-ACCA’s are achieving the expected results as planned in the most updated Results Framework and to collect information on the perception of key stakeholders about the main goals and effectiveness of the project. By the end of the consultation we expect to receive a series of recommendations aimed at improving Amazon Conservation and Conservación Amazónica-ACCA’s efforts to collect and document this initiative’s impacts and any other suggestion that may strengthen the project outcomes and ensure sustainability over time. The consultant is expected to hold interviews with key project stakeholders in Peru, review the project’s results framework and verification documents in order to assess if the project is on track regarding its indicators and if it’s reaching its intended results

Project duration and location
The work will be based in Lima and Madre de Dios, Peru, however, desk research and data analysis may occur remotely. Consultancy will last up to 6 weeks from the first day of work, date upon which all deliverables must be turned in.

Compensation
Consultant may propose a budget up to a maximum of $10,000 for the deliverables described above, including implementation of all field activities and any desk/background research. The budget is inclusive of all personnel, travel, equipment, permitting, or other items required to implement the activities described here.

Required Qualifications

  • Must hold a postgraduate degree in conservation, social research, Project Management, Program Evaluation, or any other relevant field;
  • At least 10 years of experience performing impact evaluation of projects, with a particular experience in biodiversity conservation;
  • Prior impact assessment experience is required;
  • Excellent communication skills necessary for building rapport with stakeholders;
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is required;
  • Availability to travel to Peru, both to Lima and Madre de Dios;
  • Computer literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Other Desired Qualifications

  • General background and experience in the Amazon and with forest conservation issues
  • Prior experience in the region is an added advantage.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English.

Submission Information
Application Procedures
 Applicants must submit a proposal with the following information:

  • Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages)
  • Summary of the applicant’s qualifications including background, history, capabilities, and experience related to the RFP (max 1 page)
  • Work plan with (max 1 page):
  • Deliverables, with draft and final submission timelines
  • List of tasks to be performed, linked to deliverables and a timeline
  • Three most recent reports or midterm reviews completed by the consultant

Please send proposals by October 31 2018. Proposals (excluding mid-term report examples) should be no longer than 4 pages, using font size 12 and 1.5-line spacing.

Additionally, applicants must provide written responses to each point in the “Eligibility” section of this call. Applications should be submitted by email to applications@amazonconservation.org with the subject line "RFP third party evaluation." Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2018.

Questions may be submitted by email to applications@amazonconservation.org until October 25, 2018 with the subject line “RFP third party evaluation Questions.”

PLEASE REVIEW FULL JOB POSTING DESCRIPTION HERE TO SEE DELIVERABLES, ELIGIBILITY, AND OTHER KEY INFORMATION, BEFORE APPLYING.

 

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