Director of Multilateral Relations

United States- Arlington, VA Headquarters
Oct 03, 2017
Dec 20, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time


Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. 


Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International (CI) empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of people. Founded in 1987, CI is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area and employs more than 800 staff in 30 countries on six continents, and has nearly 1,000 partners around the world. 

The Global Public Partnerships (GPP) team works closely with bilateral and multilateral agencies to capitalize opportunities to influence programs and secure funds for CI’s science, field, and policy work. The Director for Multilateral Relations tracks, promotes, and develops multilateral funding opportunities, in particular those arising through programs funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), working closely with the Managing Director, Vice President for GPP and Europe and with CI field and headquarters programs on a regular basis.

S/he provides expert guidance to CI programs while assisting in development of influential and beneficial relations with multilateral donors that receive funding from the Global Environment Facility.


  • Provide guidance and support to CI programs in preparing proposals to multilateral donors, especially Global Environmental Facility (GEF) proposals implemented through any of the GEF Agencies other than CI, and non-GEF proposals to the World Bank, United Nations agencies and programs (e.g. UNDP, FAO), and others as needed.
  • Support CI programs in accessing GEF funding by providing specific donor information on Focal Area Strategies, GEF requirements, processes, deadlines, templates and support outreach.
  • Coordinate with CI’s GEF Project Agency to define our role in GEF-funded projects for which CI may compete to serve as lead project agency, but is not assured of that role, or where CI is not chosen as lead agency, but may serve as an executing agency.
  • Work with other GPP and Development staff to develop and implement partnerships and fundraising strategies for field and HQ programs, focusing on multilateral donors. Provide input in developing activities to build field fundraising capacity, and provide support to multilateral components of fundraising capacity enhancement teams.
  • Act as account manager for GEF and other multilateral grants – in coordination with the Vice President of GPP and CI Europe; manage day-to-day coordination of the account in accordance with the Account Management Framework. Ensure that the entire (multidivisional) project team is functioning well to deliver quality products, including the coordination and review of periodic technical and financial reports as well as support to evaluations and audits as needed.
  • Advise senior management on the development of a GEF portfolio to Multilaterals based on opportunities and capacities of (field) programs. Provide input and updates on multilateral proposals and projects to CI’s financial tracking system.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • This position is based in CI Headquarters in Arlington, VA.
  • Normal office environment.
  • Approximately 10% international and domestic travel as required.




  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably related to environmental/natural resources management, policy and/or finance.
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience related to proposal development and fundraising from multilateral donor institutions and/or proposal review and project management within or for a multilateral donor institution.
  • Experience negotiating large agreements with multilaterals on behalf of NGOs.
  • Experience with basic operation and funding practices of the principal multilateral finance mechanisms and institutions, notably the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank and regional development banks and/or UN agencies.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and to edit proposals prepared by those for whom English is a foreign language.
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to summarize complex donor program rules and give constructive feedback.
  • Ability to work with standard computer word, data, and presentation software (e.g. Microsoft Office), Google docs, Skype, and other common office computer applications.
  • Ability to work well with colleagues/counterparts as part of a team.


  • Master’s Degree in international environment, public administration, finance or related field.
  • Ability to read, write and speak Spanish and/or French or Portuguese.
  • Experience providing training (formal or informal) in proposal development.


To apply please submit your resume.

Conservation International is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, females, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  It is the policy of CI to afford equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. CI offers reasonable accommodation in the employment process for individuals with disabilities.  If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time.  If you require an application accommodation due to a disability, please e-mail your request to and include "accommodation" in the subject line.


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