Global Restoration Lead
Job Search Location(s) Belgium - Brussels, Colombia - Bogota, Kenya - Nairobi, Singapore, United States - Arlington, VA, United States - Seattle, WA
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Global Restoration Lead 

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.  


With growing consensus that nature can provide at least 30% of the climate mitigation needed to limit warming to 1.5°C, and recognition that carbon removals from reforestation and restoration are the only scalable ‘technologies’ we have today to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, many global initiatives have enabled political commitments for restoration. But without models and demonstrations of effective restoration at scale, a majority of these commitments have not turned into action or generated substantial impact.

As a core component of its Climate Strategy, Conservation International has set ambitious targets for scaling restoration globally as a climate solution. The Global Restoration Lead heads a program that orchestrates a range of approaches to achieve these targets. These include managing a global portfolio of on-the-ground restoration projects, supporting portfolio expansion via project identification and development, providing oversight to partnerships directing an expected tens of millions USD to CI and partners, and coordinating targeted actions to reduce barriers to the implementation of new and more effective restoration actions.

The Lead refines and executes CI’s existing global strategy for restoration, coordinates with other CI programs and other categories of CI’s Climate Strategy, establishes and leads creative partnerships to advance restoration, convenes meetings and engagements to deliver action and impact, and collaborates with Conservation International’s field teams and partners on their restoration programs.

To be successful, the Lead needs extensive knowledge and experience on climate change and tropical ecosystem restoration, as well as demonstrated experience working productively with external partners in the private sector, government, and civil society. They must be able to articulate an actionable plan for implementing restoration at scale and comfortable 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 Global Restoration Lead works closely with all members of the Center for Natural Climate Solutions and relevant Conservation International divisions. They report directly to the Center for Natural Climate Solution’s SVP.


Strategy Leadership: Lead CI’s global restoration strategy, a core component of CI’s Climate Strategy, supporting its implementation and refinement to reach targets.

  • Establish and advance, in coordination and collaboration with CI’s programmatic and field teams, a global vision and strategy for CI’s restoration work. Marshal staff and resources behind new priorities and programs to reach scale and maximize impact.
  • Advise on and develop innovative and sophisticated approaches to achieving CI’s restoration goals, with a focus on cost-effectiveness and transformative wins.
  • Convene and coordinate CI's restoration staff on a regular basis.
  • Provide direct guidance to staff who are working to meet restoration targets.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of detailed country program restoration strategies, track progress utilizing measurement frameworks for aggregating impact of strategy.
  • Oversee the development of high-quality content (papers, reports, internal documents, op-eds) on restoration, as appropriate.
  • Ensure alignment with other regional and thematic strategies by guiding other programs and divisions to synergize on the delivery of restoration outcomes/goals, advise all levels of CI management on aligning with and maximizing contributions to the restoration strategy where applicable.
  • Report on progress towards achieving objectives of the strategy, and proactively flag issues for senior management.
  • Lead or support high-level decisions with a long-term impact across broad programs or functions, pertinent to the restoration strategy.
  • Advise CI leadership on restoration-related activities.
  • Oversee the creation of products/materials such as restoration methodologies, videos, factsheets, and brochures.

Program Management: Lead CI’s Restoration Program, major restoration initiative(s), buildout of CI’s restoration capacity, and onboarding of key resources as required.

  • Directly supervise the Restoration Program in CI’s Center for Natural Climate Solutions, managing associated staff and budgets.
  • Participate in management of the Center for Natural Climate Solutions, and other divisional or regional teams (as appropriate) to advance internal co-creation and collaboration on a shared institutional approach to restoration.
  • Grow and oversee a pipeline of investment-ready restoration projects focusing on sites with high climate mitigation value and co-benefits, identifying and overcoming barriers to scaling and success.
  • Build out the capacity of CI’s restoration community of practice over time to meet the opportunities of the institution’s restoration work. 
  • Provide oversight to CI’s major restoration partnerships and ensure funding is aligned to priority areas.
  • Direct financial and technical resources to areas (programs, divisions) where they are the most strategic for advancing the restoration strategy.
  • Raise internal awareness of CI’s restoration work and research through webinars, brown bags, and other platforms as appropriate.
  • Provide guidance to country programs working to advance the restoration strategy, including but not limited to support on country specific restoration strategy development, monitoring and evaluation, field staff and partner trainings, in-field progress assessments, and fundraising. 

Partnership and Thought Leadership: Oversee, establish, and advise on globally relevant restoration partnerships and initiatives.

  • Oversee and support innovative research products and multilateral partnerships that shape restoration as a global climate solution, drive institutional thought leadership, and contribute to the advancement of CI’s expertise and credibility on restoration issues.
  • Represent and serve as overall lead and spokesperson at CI on restoration issues internally and externally, driving support for CI’s restoration program and strategy through targeted publications, op-eds, social media, networking, and public speaking.
  • Build and maintain key relationships aligned with CI’s restoration goals including with peer organizations and coalitions. 
  • Organize events and meetings collaboratively with partners to advance progress towards CI’s restoration and Climate Strategy.
  • Attend relevant external events on behalf of CI.


  • Contribute to CI’s Climate fundraising efforts to support the full implementation of the restoration strategy.
  • Lead the development of major restoration focused public fundraising proposals, and advise on public funding programs with substantial restoration components.
  • Engage the private sector and support their investments in transformative restoration activities while building their capacity to understand the characteristics of strong investments programs.  


  • This position can be based in the US (Arlington or Seattle), Brussels, Nairobi, Singapore, or Bogotá
  • Travel time up to 35%.



  • Graduate degree in environmental science, restoration ecology, climate change, policy, public relations, communications, or similar, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 10+ years relevant work experience, with strong experience on climate-related issues.
  • Consistent demonstration of vision and thought leadership on restoration in the form of effective scientific or public communication, coalition building, institutional leadership, or other means
  • Evidence of a focus on collaboration and strong network of individuals and institutions in restoration and climate
  • Proficiency with both climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Ability to effectively work in a team across the full diversity of CI’s global organization
  • Experience convening a broad range of individuals
  • Demonstrated track record of working effectively with multicultural, multidisciplinary teams to produce concrete results
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English
  • Strong capacity to navigate diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges and opportunities


  • Fundraising experience
  • Experience in developing countries
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish, French, and/or Portuguese

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

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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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