Americas Carbon Team Leader – La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia

Conservation International

Americas Carbon Team Leader

Americas Carbon Team Leader

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.

Position Summary

The Americas Carbon Team Leader identifies and executes new natural climate solutions (NCS) projects in the Americas together with CI offices in 9 countries (Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Peru, Suriname), including emissions reductions and other categories of CI’s Climate Strategy.

The Carbon Team Leader needs extensive knowledge and experience on climate change, tropical forest, blue carbon ecosystems and/or climate smart agriculture and forestry, as well as demonstrated experience in development of conservation finance and carbon deals, especially REDD+; must work with external partners in the private sector, government, and civil society, articulating an actionable plan for developing a pipeline of new, high quality emissions reductions and restoration projects (environmental and social approach) at scale. They should be comfortable in sharing and driving that vision with Conservation International staff, leadership, and board, in high level forums, with potential funding partners, and with the implementing programs and partners to drive ongoing buy-in, resourcing, and execution. The role will require a breadth of skills across a variety of topics including business management, project management, finance, science, policy, markets, and technology.

The Carbon Development Senior Director works closely with country leaders and field programs across the Americas as well as the Center for Natural Climate Solutions and other relevant Conservation International divisions (based in Arlington, USA). They report directly to the VP for Nature for Climate Americas Field Division.


Lead a regional team to originate and structure new emission reduction and/or carbon-crediting projects (tropical forest and blue carbon) eligible under voluntary and compliance carbon schemes (80% of time), including:

  • Assist and/or lead strategic and technical development of CI “flagship” carbon projects in the region that incorporate all aspects of high-quality NCS projects including deep local and indigenous community engagement and partnership, protection of all key ecological attributes, engagement of government and other stakeholders, and implementation of robust monitoring and verification approaches. Support Americas Division country programs to implement forest and blue carbon projects as required.
  • Manage CI’s involvement in an emerging fund for restoration and natural regeneration in the Americas.
  • Build high-quality project pipeline with key external partners including NGOs, governments, local communities, and private developers; identify and engage a network of project developers, implementation partners and local and international NGOs; ensure high-quality NCS project pipeline with partners and facilitate monitoring and verification, high-quality technical standards and appropriate community and other safeguards.
  • Design and implement sub-national and/or jurisdictional carbon financing facilities in partnership with governments, NGOs, financial institutions and other strategic partners that provide governance and financial instruments to drive NCS in key geographies.
  • Work closely with, coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with all multiple institutional Carbon-related staff & teams (within Conservation Finance Division, Nature Based Solutions, Climate Policy, and the Blue Carbon Program internal team) to have clarity on their initiatives, views and how their approaches address/support the needs/goals and context of the region’s countries.

Fundraising and External Engagement (20%):

  • Contribute to Americas regional fundraising and proposal development for terrestrial, blue carbon and overall NCS programs and projects.
  • Contribute to CI’s Climate fundraising efforts to support the full implementation of the Climate strategy; communicate with strategic private sector partners and link NCS projects with external partners.
  • Support development of major public (GEF, GCF) fundraising proposals, including the Green Climate Fund Leticia Pact program, and advise on public funding programs with substantial NCS project components.
  • Provide strategic thought leadership, including engagement at international forums, engagement with government, and be an external spokesperson for CI


  • The position is based in any major hub city in the Americas region, where CI is operating (Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Guyana, Suriname)
  • Travel time up to 60%. Note: the majority of work initially will be remote/online until global COVID 19 pandemic is under control in the Americas region.



  • Graduate degree in relevant field (e.g. environmental science, economy, forestry, agronomy, law or business)
  • Proven experience in climate-related issues including carbon transactions (origination and implementation), blue carbon and terrestrial carbon, and a track record of success in Latin America
  • Evidence of a focus on collaboration and strong network of individuals and institutions in restoration and climate, including experience convening a broad range of individuals.
  • Demonstrated carbon finance knowledge and experience, including voluntary markets, and use of high-quality standards such as Verra, Climate Community & Biodiversity Standards, Greenhouse Gas Protocol, etc.
  • Ability to effectively work in a team across the full diversity of CI’s global organization.
  • Demonstrated track record of working effectively with multicultural, international, multidisciplinary teams to produce concrete results, including strong capacity to navigate diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges and opportunities.
  • Language Skills: English: Excellent written and speaking skills, Spanish: Good verbal communication and Portuguese: Good verbal communication


  • Business development experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • Experience in developing countries

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

Application Deadline: April 9, 2021 (11:49 PM EST)

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

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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