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The Environment Portfolio

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.

Enduring Earth

Enduring Earth is an unprecedented collaboration between Pew, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund and ZOMALAB, the family office of Ben and Lucy Ana Walton. Enduring Earth works alongside nations and communities to accelerate conservation worldwide, to help address the climate and biodiversity crises and support community economic development and well-being. Enduring Earth seeks to protect and conserve our planet’s ocean, lands, and freshwater – and secure long-term financing for conservation, economic diversification, and community prosperity. This is built on a commitment to uphold the rights of people and create opportunities for sustainable growth.

The Enduring Earth initiative is built around the innovative Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) conservation finance mechanism. A PFP is a financial model that brings together governments, Indigenous peoples and local communities, funders, and other partners to secure long-term conservation, full and sustained funding, and community benefits. Through this approach, protected places stay protected because they are collaboratively designed, locally-led, nationally supported, sustainably funded, and highly accountable.

The Enduring Earth partnership aims to complete 20 PFPs by 2030. Pew is currently co-leading five PFPs and is seeking a Project Manager to support the PFP portfolio and provide direct support to PFPs.

Position Overview

The officer supports Pew’s PFP project management, strategy, design and implementation. The officer will work with the Enduring Earth team to ensure that PFPs are meeting their planning milestones and targets, are being developed inclusively and professionally, and are meeting Pew and Enduring Earth standards. The officer will provide direct deal support with the initial focus on developing a durable finance mechanism in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP). Reporting to Pew’s Enduring Earth Project Director, the officer will provide direct deal support, track project budgets and action items, and support Pew in executing up to five PFPs in the next three years and exploring new PFP opportunities.

Located in Pew’s Washington D.C. office, this position is eligible for up to 60% telework. Candidates must be presently legally authorized to work in the country for which they are seeking employment without the need of visa sponsorship.

• Foster a work environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible and in line with Pew and the project’s related goals.
• Liaise with colleagues in finance, legal, government relations, and other departments, and external partners as needed to develop and finalize contracts and grants.
• Develop and manage detailed PFP workplans and drive timely implementation by coordinating regular deal team meetings, identifying and following up on deliverables, and addressing obstacles.
• Maintain effective communication between team members and committees; review and provide input on work products and deliverables to ensure quality and alignment organizational objectives.
• Support the development of conservation plans, durable finance mechanisms, closing conditions, and legal agreements.
• Support the development of PFP phases, including overseeing consultants as needed for feasibility assessments and other PFP activities.
• Work with Pew’s communications and partnership team to support the preparation of internal and external communications.
• Coordinate and attend meetings on behalf of Pew as requested.
• Extensive work experience in one or more of the ETP countries.
• Project management experience.
• Well organized with demonstrated experience managing multiple projects at once.
• A solid understanding of project finance for permanence, Enduring Earth, conservation and durable finance mechanisms.
• Proven experience and inter-personal skill in networking with a diversity of stakeholders.
• Flexibility and problem-solving skills.
• Fluency in English and Spanish.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
• Eight years of experience in the conservation sector, with demonstrated success in supporting complex projects and teams.
Key attributes and preferred experience
• Proven diplomatic skills and a desire to work in multi-cultural and national frameworks.
• Comfort working in a dynamic environment in which priorities can change rapidly.
• Excellent collaboration and communication skills.
• Positive attitude.
• Skill in analyzing, prioritizing, and completing work with minimal supervision, and meeting deadlines.
• Capacity to facilitate the work of others, take initiative, use independent judgment, and work effectively and humbly as a member of a team.
• Passion for large scale conservation.

This position requires regular domestic and international travel to meetings and conferences.

Total Rewards

We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.

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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