[Coral-List] [Job Posting] POSTION TITLE CORRECTED The Nature Conservancy: CoralCarib Project Manager **two weeks remaining**

Gaby Madriz gaby.madriz at TNC.ORG
Thu Mar 10 23:00:23 UTC 2022

The Nature Conservancy is recruiting a CoralCarib Project Manager to join our team in the Caribbean Division (details below).

To apply visit careers.nature.org and search for job number 51141. All applications must be submitted by March 27, 2022.

POSITION TITLE: CoralCarib Program Manager

LOCATION: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Kingston, Jamaica, strongly preferred.  Other in-region locations where TNC Caribbean has an established office may be considered.


The CoralCarib Project Manager oversees all aspects of implementation for the project and will be responsible for overall administration and execution of the project including development and management of workplans, budgets, monitoring progress, and reporting on project outcomes to the granting agency. They will support the project team liaise with the implementing partners and in adaptive management of project priorities. The position reports to the Coral Conservation Program Manager of The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Division

Term:  This is term-limited position with an anticipated start date of May 2022, contingent on the start date of the project award.  The position has an anticipated end date of October 31, 2028.


The CoralCarib: Pioneering a new strategic approach for conserving and restoring Caribbean coral reef ecosystems that targets Climate Resilient Refugia is a €8.52M project funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) under the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the German government and implemented by the CoralCarib Consortium, which is led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and comprised of Alligator Head Foundation (AHF), Dominican Foundation of Marine Studies (FUNDEMAR), and Grupo Puntacana Foundation (GPCF). This Consortium will be working closely with local implementing partners in the four target countries, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica.

The project’s goal is to improve marine biodiversity, specifically priority coral reef ecosystems in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica, and regionally through exchanges and scaling of activities. Healthier and more resilient coral reefs will provide socio-economic benefits and co-benefits to people in nearby communities contributing to countries’ international commitments (i.e. SDG 14, 11 and 13 & new CBD strategic plan). Guided by the latest climate and coral reef science, CoralCarib Preparation Phase has identified “Coral Climate Refugia” intervention sites, as coral reefs sites that are more likely to survive and seed other areas into the future, where this project will be applying conservation activities. Major conservation activities to be implemented in the identified intervention sites include: legal protection and effective management of marine areas, abatement of threats to coral reefs, coral restoration using the most advanced technologies, promotion of sustainable livelihoods, and a range of activities designed to achieve region-wide impacts (e.g. sustainable finance mechanisms, knowledge sharing).


The CoralCarib Project Manager provides technical and programmatic support to CoralCarib Consortium Partners, supporting in the overall management and coordination of the CoralCarib Project. In close coordination with staff and consortium partners, they will play a key role in the development of work plans and progress reports and oversee and track implementation of country-level workplans.   They serve as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community engaged with the project.  They will develop project plans, budgets, metrics, and schedules with input and buy-in from consortium members, key stakeholders, and team members. They will critically assess project scope and objectives, ensuring all risks and dependencies are addressed in the project work plans to deliver successful results that support the fulfillment of the objectives and required deliverables of the CoralCarib Project. The CoralCarib Project Manager will monitor and measure CoralCarib Project progress, conduct corrective action as necessary, communicate project status information to all stakeholders and the funder. They will perform risk management, issue resolution, and conflict management, and collaboratively solve complex problems. They will utilize project management methodologies and processes and ensure all organizational and divisional standards are met. The CoralCarib Project Manager will directly or indirectly supervise and act as a resource to other CoralCarib team members to provide project management guidance, training, and expertise. They are the principal liaison to grants, finance, legal, and communications support as it relates to the Project and are responsible for ensuring compliance with funder and TNC procedures.


•            Establish and maintain optimal performance standards within budget.
•            Lead budgeting, work planning, and reporting efforts of the project.
•            Build cooperation with outside parties and partners to accomplish program goals.
•            Develop and implement new initiatives that will ensure project goals and strategies are achieved.
•            Ensure project commitments, Conservancy and donor policies and procedures, financial standards, and legal
requirements are met and managed for compliance; decisions may bind the organization financially or legally.
•            Manage project teams, setting deadlines, and ensuring accountability.
•            Writes requests for proposal (RFPs) for project’s contracts.
•            Coordinate the work of cross-functional, cross-divisional teams towards a desired outcome.
•            Frequently makes independently strategic decision based on analysis, ambiguous information and context.
•            May negotiate complex agreements, in a political environment.
•            Exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems, obtaining go/no-go decisions on critical project decision points.
•            Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information.
•            May supervise one or more administrative or professional staff, including training and professional development.
•            Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.
•            Work within scope of project’s strategic goals
•            Frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.
•            May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


•            BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
•            Experience in climate adaptation and coral reef restoration in the Caribbean or in Small Island Developing States and working knowledge of related marine conservation and coastal management conservation strategies.
•            Experience managing complex projects, multiple projects, or multi-country projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.
•            Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
•            Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or   government agencies.
•            Strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills to diverse internal and external audiences, with the ability to create and communicate vision and strategy in a compelling manner.
•            Experience negotiating contract terms or similar.
•            Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish.


•            Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Experience working in the Caribbean region, preferred.
•            5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
•            Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation policy and plans.
•            Knowledge of current trends and practices in coral conservation, restoration, sustainable livelihoods, and threat abatement plans.
•            Experience managing large government awards. Familiarity with German government awards is a plus.
•            Experience working with local stakeholders on decision making to advance locally supported conservation outcomes.
•            Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
•            Communication skills in French is a plus.
•            Demonstrated experience in fundraising.
•            Politically savvy.
•            Experience working with Cuba, including navigating Cuba-U.S. commerce and travel requirements preferred.
•            AAUS Scientific Diver qualification strongly preferred, or the ability to obtain this level of certification.

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Gaby Madriz
Operations Specialist, Caribbean Division | The Nature Conservancy
4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203
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