Program Fellow, Andes-Amazon Initiative
Fellow / Andes-Amazon Initiative
Reports to: Program
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|The Environmental Conservation Program |
Our goal is to
change the ways in which people use terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal marine
ecosystems to conserve critical ecological systems and functions, while
allowing sustainable use.
|The Andes-Amazon Initiative |
The Andes-Amazon Initiative’s goal is
to conserve the Amazonian forests, which provide habitat for biodiversity and
regulate the regional climate cycle. To achieve this goal, the Foundation
supports work that addresses the following elements:
- Resilient protected areas and
protected area systems,
- The transformation of frontier
- Basin-wide enabling conditions for
The role of a
healthy Amazonian forest is particularly significant for global climate change
mitigation as well as regional hydrological function that support human
livelihoods. During the last decade, the
Foundation invested over $200 million in a protected area approach to
conserving forest cover and in associated supporting strategies. This approach
has achieved the creation and improved management of approximately 150 million
hectares, or around 29% of the original forest cover of the Amazon. We
recognize that this approach is necessary but not sufficient to secure
additional forest cover in the Amazon, and for this reason we are also working
on addressing the drivers of deforestation to reduce external threats and to
explore options for sustainable development across the Amazon basin.
The Initiative is currently active in
Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The initiative team also makes a
small number of grants outside of these areas to support basin-wide research
and new approaches that will benefit its target geographies.
For more information, about the
Initiative, please see:
The Program Fellow
position will be limited to a two-year term.
- Contribute to the implementation of an investigation plan to
develop a new initiative on sustainable agriculture in the Environmental
Conservation Program. This plan will build on the work carried out in the AAI
and on the assessment of new opportunities with global reach. The
investigations will focus on identifying interventions to reduce the impact of
agricultural commodities across natural habitats in South America, with a focus
on Brazil and Argentina, through research, data analysis and synthesis, and
working with Foundation staff and external experts. (80% time effort)
- Convene, facilitate and participate in meetings to gather and
disseminate knowledge on sustainable agriculture issues with a focus on beef
and soy. (20% effort)
The Program Fellow will:
- Contribute to development of the Environmental Conservation
Program’s overall strategic framework
- Provide solid knowledge of the field and key emerging trends
- Manage external relationships with grantees and other key partners
in support of the Environmental Conservation Program goals
- Coordinate with internal staff to complete grant-making and
- Participate in periodic presentations on Program strategy and
progress to the Board, senior management, and other Foundation staff
- Be an effective contributor on a variety of Program- and
Foundation-wide issues beyond the Initiative as required
The candidate will have:
- A Master’s or Doctorate degree in Agricultural Economics, Natural
Resource Economics, or a closely related field.
- A background in sustainable agriculture (5-7 years) in the Amazon,
Cerrado or Chaco regions, with work experience in a non-governmental
organization, corporation, government, or applied academic field. Experience with cattle and soy is desired.
- Demonstrated leadership experience.
- A record of successfully promoting and
working on complex partnership or multi-stakeholder projects to achieve
- Experience in conducting research and
data analysis (especially value chain analysis).
|Competencies and Attributes |
The ideal candidate also will have:
- A sophisticated understanding of the economics of agricultural
commodities that originate in the region and supply the global market.
- Demonstrated passion for making improvements in sustainable use in
the South America and beyond.
- Demonstrated strategic planning skills, with ability to identify
and rigorously evaluate new opportunities.
- Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to
manage large projects and budgets, set realistic goals and objectives, and
balance multiple priorities.
- Demonstrated strong teamwork and interpersonal skills, with
ability to develop productive relationships with colleagues, grantees,
stakeholders, and other. Collegial and energetic working style.
- Demonstrated comfort with and experience in public speaking and
- Demonstrated ability and openness to quickly
adapt and adjust strategy and approach to changing conditions
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English. Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
preferred, but not required.
- Strong business acumen and experience working with the private
- Personal motivation to support the Foundation mission and goals.
- Ability and interest in traveling to local and out-of-town grantee
meetings, site visits, and national/international conferences.
|Compensation and Benefits |
Compensation includes a competitive
base salary and an excellent package of health, retirement savings and other
Applicants must be legally authorized
to work in the United States.
Interested applicants should send a
cover letter and resume by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include ECP Program Fellow in the subject line.
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