Home Office – Bolivia
The Environment Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts
For more than 30 years, Pew has been a major force in engaging the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Our environment work spans all seven continents with more than 250 professionals working at the local, national, and international levels to reduce the scope and severity of global environmental problems, such as the erosion of large natural ecosystems that contain a great part of the world’s remaining biodiversity, and the destruction of the marine environment. Pew’s global environmental program focuses on science-based, nonpartisan, and sustainable solutions to help protect the planet and people. We work in partnership with governments, Indigenous rights holders, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, local stakeholders, scientists, and other researchers to advance public policy so that nature and communities can thrive.
Since 1990, Pew has worked in North America, South America and Australia to protect large and critically important terrestrial ecosystems, including rivers and other freshwater resources, coastal temperate rainforests, interior mountain ranges, the northern boreal forests, Australia’s Outback, and Chilean Patagonia. We work to ensure these natural systems remain bountiful, functioning, and resilient, providing essential ecological services such as clean air and clean water, sustenance and food security for local communities and more broadly for the welfare of current and future generations. Our work relies on the sciences of conservation, sociology, biology, and economics to advocate for practical and durable solutions to the loss of biodiversity.
In the sea, reforms to how our oceans are managed are essential to address overfishing, pollution, and loss of habitat. Pew began its oceans program in the United States, focusing on ending overfishing and protecting fragile marine habitat. Starting in 2005, Pew’s ocean conservation program expanded around the world and played a significant role in reforming marine fisheries management in the European Union and on the high seas and creating large scale marine reserves around the world. Our work is grounded in the best available science and pursues domestic and international conservation measures that are long-term and provide permanent, durable protections for marine ecosystems. We also work to address systemic threats to the ocean, including from plastics, over-and-illegal fishing, seabed mining, and climate change.
Conserving the Pantanal and Gran Chaco Wildlands
South America’s Pantanal and Gran Chaco regions are among the most ecologically significant tropical wetlands and dry forests on Earth. This area spans parts of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina and contains thousands of plant and animal species and provides vital aquatic habitat, nutrient renewal, migration routes, and flood control for millions of animals and people living downstream.
The project will work with the existing laws and practices in each country to solidify and expand protection of the extraordinary biodiversity of the Pantanal-Gran Chaco region. Pew will partner with local and international conservation organizations, government agencies, and Indigenous governments and organizations to improve management of and expand protected areas, support Indigenous organizations and communities in the management of their territories, promote sustainable management for ranching lands to protect forests, wetlands, floodplains and riparian areas, and to advance long-term conservation financing mechanisms for durable protections.
The Officer, Protected Area Management & Sustainable Financing, in support of the Conserving the Pantanal and Gran Chaco Wildlands, supports the Pew campaign to establish permanent and durable solutions for the effective protection of the Pantanal-Gran Chaco region. The Officer will work closely with regional and national government officials, other nongovernmental organizations, and local Indigenous communities to mobilize support for strong and durable conservation measures in the region.
This position is dedicated to developing strategies for protected area management and sustainable financing in Bolivia (80%) and Brazil (20%). A good candidate for this role may have a stronger background in either protected area management or sustainable financing.
The Officer will be based in a home office in either Santa Cruz or La Paz, Bolivia, and will work closely with the Environment Portfolio leadership, reporting to the Manager, Conserving the Pantanal and Gran Chaco Wildlands.
Explore and coordinate with external stakeholders the financing mechanisms for national protected areas and sub-national protected areas in the Pantanal – Gran Chaco landscape.
Pursue public resource allocation, multilateral funding sources, and creative financing mechanisms to secure sufficient funding in support of implementation of basic international standards of management for national and subnational parks throughout the Pantanal – Gran Chaco region.
Provide technical advice for, support processes to improve, and be the bridge between Pew, stakeholders, and funding agencies on international standards of protected area management (e.g. IUCN Green List, Indigenous co-management of protected areas). Promote solid and transparent financial strategies, instruments, and management tools for terrestrial and freshwater conservation.
Support the manager in establishing and cultivating strategic alliances and launching joint initiatives with international organizations, foundations, other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, and other institutions in Bolivia.
Develop strategies to propose new and enhanced management for protected areas throughout the Pantanal – Gran Chaco landscape in coordination and collaboration with local partners.
Foster a work environment that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and in line with Pew and the environment portfolio’s goals.
Work closely with government and Indigenous communities and partners and other allies and organizations to maximize the impact of campaign strategies, with an emphasis on strengthening management plans for protected areas, national and sub-national.
Develop and maintain knowledge of the science, policies, and politics of conservation in Bolivia and develop mechanisms to analyze policy opportunities.
Represent the team at conferences, meetings, and other events.
Participate in activities that support program and Pew-wide objectives.
Bachelor’s degree in biology, resource management, economics or relevant field, or equivalent experience.
Generally, 8 years of professional experience.
Track record of leadership and accomplishment in designing and implementing conservation and sustainability programs.
Analytical and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated written and oral communications skills.
Operational management acumen.
Politically astute; understands the needs and motivations of different individuals and institutions.
Systems skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite products.
Fluency in Spanish.
Key attributes and preferred experience
Proficiency in English strongly preferred; proficiency in Portuguese desirable.
Knowledge and work experience in management and planning of protected areas of Brazil and Bolivia, or other neighboring countries.
Familiarity with analysis and financial mechanisms, preferable if relevant to the conservation of protected areas.
Demonstrated experience with public sector and philanthropic funding for the development of conservation activities.
Familiarity with conservation policy and management.
Interpersonal skills and exhibits diplomacy and cultural sensitivity.
Comfortable meeting multiple deadlines.
Seasoned judgment; able to make decisions, justify recommendations, and develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships.
Comfortable working with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
Synthesizes information and focuses quickly on the essence of an issue/problem and develops a solution. A commitment to producing measurable results.
Frequent travel within the Pantanal-Gran Chaco region and international travel to the United States for this position will be required.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
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