The Conservation Partnerships Director, Asia Pacific (AP) leads The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to strengthen relationships with government agencies, multilateral institutions, corporations and other organizations to achieve equitable and sustainable conservation outcomes at an unprecedented scale across the region. This includes leading efforts to:
- Strengthen enabling conditions for conservation across Asia Pacific, including improved policy settings, increased investment and improved corporate practices; and
- Generate additional direct financial support for TNC’s conservation initiatives from public sector entities and corporate partners.
The Conservation Partnerships Director leads a small regional team of experienced conservation, policy and government relations practitioners to secure external support for a portfolio of projects and initiatives, which are crucial to achieving TNC’s 2030 goals. The Conservation Partnerships Director and their team lead and support project design and development as well as the execution of effective strategies to deepen engagement with various regional and global partner organizations, public donors and platforms. Engagement with partner organizations may take many forms, depending on what is needed most to deliver conservation outcomes. Examples include building or participating in coalitions/consortia; joint program development and fundraising; direct financial support; policy analysis, advice and support; joint implementation; and stakeholder outreach. In consultation with global, regional and country team colleagues, the Conservation Partnerships Director sets and reports against specific and measurable targets for the regional team, including public fundraising targets and other targets.
The Conservation Partnerships Director will maintain close relationships with TNC colleagues at the global level and in other regions to secure resources for AP projects and initiatives and to support global priorities. In particular, they maintain high-level connections with the Global Policy, Institutions and Finance (GPIF) group, global thematic teams, and TNC’s Europe Program. The Conservation Partnerships Director will also ensure key external relationships in the AP region are well managed, either at the regional or country level.
The Conservation Partnerships Director reports to the Deputy Regional Managing Director and is a senior member of the AP Regional Management Team.
More generically, the Conservation Partnerships Director:
- Leads a regional team to develop and execute a plan for building financial, policy and technical support for conservation priorities in the AP region, with a focus on sustainable, equitable and high impact programs covering multiple countries.
- Leads a regional team to build and manage relationships with external partners to advance AP’s conservation priorities. This will include managing relationships for prioritized public sector entities (PSEs) and corporate partners in the region.
- Works with the Gender and Equity Advisor and team to ensure that all conservation projects consider gender and equity in both design and development.
- Stays informed of political and economic developments and engages (and/or tasks team members with engaging) in international/regional dialogue and debate related to advancing TNC’s conservation priorities.
- Provides guidance, technical assistance and other support to team members as needed to secure public and corporate funding for TNC’s conservation priorities.
- Participates actively as a member of the AP Regional Management Team and leads close collaboration with regional marketing, philanthropy, science, legal, finance and HR teams to advance specific initiatives.
- Fosters collaboration among country program staff, the regional team and global colleagues.
- Supports efforts to strengthen TNC’s internal systems for tracking relationships and funding opportunities and leads the external affairs reporting process for Asia Pacific through quarterly reports, mid-year, and annual reports
- Ensures compliance of roles and processes for external affairs and with TNC’s Policies and Procedures.
- Represents TNC at conferences, workshops, and external events, to increase support for TNC’s mission and programs.
- Participates (and/or tasks team members with participating) in regional and TNC-wide taskforces and working groups to represent AP region’s interests and priorities in organizational processes as needed.
- Ensures direct reports are empowered and achieving their agreed objectives and that they have the support they need to grow professionally.
- Other short-term tasks and projects as assigned.