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Company: The Nature Conservancy
Location: Palmyra Atoll, HI
Career Level: Associate
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Job Title Conservation Finance Associate Job ID 48270 Location Brazil Full/Part Time   Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular A LITTLE ABOUT US

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Brazil Conservation Program has solid results working for over 30 years in the Amazon, Atlantic Forest, the Cerrado and Caatinga biomes. Sustainable Agriculture is one key conservation agenda in Brazil as agriculture is rapidly expanding to support global population growth. Therefore, sustainable development of Agriculture in Brazil is essential to the success of TNC´s global priority of “Providing Food and Water Sustainably”.

TNC’s Zero Deforestation in Commodity Supply Chains (ZDF) Strategy works with key global agribusiness companies and associated sector platforms to eliminate habitat conversion from soy, beef, palm oil and pulp and paper supply chains, as laid out in the 2014 New York Declaration on Forests and Climate.  A large portion of the work under the ZDF strategy is currently supported through The Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (CFA), a 5-year (March 2016-March 2021), US$50M project implemented by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and financed by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. CFA supports companies to align, develop and implement deforestation-free commitments for beef and soy in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado and the Gran Chaco in Argentina and Paraguay by improving decision-support tools, enhancing information transparency and unlocking financial incentives.

TNC’s  Healthy Agriculture Systems (HAS) Strategy for Latin America is a related strategy to ZDF to promote science-based practices, methods and policies that increase agricultural productivity and protect the environmental resources and services in Latin America. The resulting soil regeneration, forest restoration, increased carbon storage, protection of agrobiodiversity, as well as improved watershed protection generate agricultural systems that are not only more productive but environmentally resilient.

Both ZDF and HAS strategies contribute to TNC´s global priority of “Providing Food and Water Sustainably.”


The Conservation Finance Associate provides sophisticated business, financial and economic expertise to address conservation challenges.  This position is part of a team currently focused largely on developing business and investment opportunities, instruments and models that can shift the current agricultural production paradigm, particularly in the commodities of beef and soy, from extensive expansion on native habitat to one of intensification and/or expansion onto previously cleared areas. This position will be deployed to support multiple initiatives and projects in TNC looking to design and deploy innovative finance mechanisms to catalyze conservation results. Initially (through 2020), the position responsibilities will have a strong focus on the soy sector and will be roughly divided to support projects related to the HAS strategy in Brazil (approximately 40%), the ZDF strategy in Brazil (approximately 45%) and the ZDF strategy in Argentina (approximately 15%). Portfolio composition may change over time as new projects and initiatives emerge, including in the areas of sustainable beef and leather production, forest restoration and freshwater. This position is based in TNC´s office in São Paulo, Brazil and directly reports to the Business and Investment Officer, with close coordination with the Brazil Agriculture team.


The Conservation Finance Associate collaborates with Worldwide Office teams, field staff, Conservancy senior management, and partner organizations to bring sophisticated business, financial, and economic analysis and expertise to the design and implementation of the Conservancy’s conservation priorities and strategic Conservancy initiatives. It will involve the development of innovative financial mechanisms and business cases and to inform work on incentives and capital flows to market actors implementing commitments to zero deforestation and conversion of natural habitats and also to actors seeking to restore native vegetation. The position will play a key role in delivering outputs agreed with TNC donors, including:


  • The development and implementation of innovative finance mechanisms to foster deforestation free agricultural production;
  • Unlocking capital flows towards responsible commodity production;
  • Establishing partnerships with key financial actors in the financial sector;
  • Keeping track of multiple projects with different partners;
  • Build financial models, perform scenario and trade-off analysis to evaluate and structure innovative financial mechanisms and business cases;
  • Consider public sector opportunities when proposing market-based initiatives;
  • When appropriate, perform analysis of public policies that can potentially affect/foster the designed financial mechanisms;
  • Document and monitor work in all the areas above for potential use in national, regional and global forums relevant to responsible commodity production as well as potential use with lenders and investors, as required;
  • Fosters positive collaborative relationships both internally and externally, particularly with staff from fellow “CFA co-architect” organizations WWF and NWF, and partners from the TNC Sustainable Agriculture strategy;
  • Helping to monitor sub-grantee and implementation partner performance on contracts with third parties, which may include intervening with sensitivity when appropriate to ensure timely delivery of agreed outputs;

  • Implements and manages new initiatives.
  • Manages and implements multiple projects.
  • Ensures the programmatic work is collaborative and well-integrated across the organization.
  • Makes independent decisions frequently based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • Ensures programmatic commitments (and especially outputs agreed upon with TNC donors), TNC policies and procedures, financial standards and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance.
  • May direct or participate in negotiations for complex, high profile or sensitive agreements.
  • Anticipates, diagnoses, and resolves complex problems and identifies creative solutions.

  • Bachelor's degree and experience in a private sector environment, such as management consulting, private equity and investment banking, or with a leading conservation organization or government entity, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience developing and implementing complex projects and strategic initiatives.
  • Experience leading and managing large scale projects, including working with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Fluent in written and spoken Portuguese and English


  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated.  
  • Superior written and oral communications.
  • Strong presentation skills – ability to make compelling power point presentations and written reports both in English and in Portuguese
  • Ability to present ideas to a wide range of audiences – producers, lenders, investors, partners and others;
  • International work experience (outside Brazil and Latin America) desirable.
  • MBA or similar degree with significant coursework in finance or economics.
  • Strong knowledge of finance, including financial forecast of complete income statements, accounting, return, capital optimization, developing or analyzing financial statements and investments and others;
  • Experience creating and implementing innovative structures, considering interests and limitations of multiple stakeholders;
  • Previous experience with environmental sector and stakeholders and knowledge of environmental context/policies that can affect the design of financial mechanisms is highly desirable;
  • Ability to successfully develop and implement complex agreements and projects in an unstructured environment and across multiple institutions and operating units.
  • Familiarity with private and public credit and financial flows;
  • Familiarity with the agribusiness sector in Brazil and abroad;
  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization and with Conservancy partners.
  • Outstanding analytical and project management capabilities.
  • Experience working with rural credit and crop insurance
  • Availability to travel throughout Brazil to meet with partners and stakeholders, and occasionally international travel.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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