The Conservation Programs Team (CPT) in the Chief Conservation Office plays a critical role in supporting global conservation implementation by providing the frameworks, approaches, and tools for TNC to maximize its impact and achieve the organization’s 2030 goals. The CPT’s core program areas are strategy development, conservation portfolio management, and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL). The Conservation Impact Scientist is a key member of the MEL program, reporting to the Conservation Impact Lead who is responsible for TNC’s MEL framework.
The MEL program is implementing two interrelated strategies to, first, overcome challenges to measuring impact and, second, apply lessons learned to advance systems and standards. The Conservation Impact Scientist will help implement the measuring impact strategy by providing scientific, technical, and project management support and leadership to priority projects. The Conservation Impact Scientist will help design priority projects to test key assumptions, verify progress, and evaluate impacts of specific conservation interventions, while also identifying or developing approaches and tools that can be used more broadly across TNC and the conservation sector.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Support program objectives by working in a complex matrix organization environment.
- Partner with staff and external experts to design, develop, implement, or procure scientific and technical analyses, tools, and results.
- Provide recommendations and key input on emerging practices, frameworks, and standards related to monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
- May participate in and/or lead a cross functional team.
- May manage a grant, contract or write a request for proposal.
- Communicate and present technical concepts, data insights, and results to a wide range of internal and external audiences.
- Support fundraising by providing materials and, as appropriate, meeting with donors.
- Requires willingness and ability to travel up to 25% both domestically and internationally, and to work occasional weekends and evenings.