Director, Multilateral Relations

United States- Arlington, VA
Jun 18, 2018
Jul 26, 2018
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. 

The Director, Multilateral Relations is a member of the Global Public Partnerships team. The Global Public Partnerships (GPP) team works closely with bilateral and multilateral agencies to capitalize on opportunities to influence programs and secure funds for CI’s efforts focused on s​​cience, policy, and partnerships in the countries where CI works.

The Director, Multilateral Relations is responsible for providing strategic direction in spearheading expansion and high-quality maintenance of CI’s multilateral public donor portfolio through engagement with: GEF/GCF funding with all GEF/GCF agencies other than CI, World Bank, the Development Banks (IADB, ADB and AfDB), and the UN system.

S/he tracks, promotes, and develops multilateral funding opportunities and proposals; provides expert guidance to CI programs while assisting in development of influential and beneficial relations with multilateral donors; and is responsible for ensuring quality stewardship of existing accounts in the portfolio. This includes ensuring that all technical reporting is high quality and submitted on-time and in compliance with donor requirements.

The Director, Multilateral Relations serves as the Account Lead for CI for the above-mentioned donors. As Account Lead, s/he is ultimately responsible for the relationship between CI and multilateral donors under her/his purview and is empowered to make final decisions on strategy and approach on behalf of CI.


·             Provide guidance and day-to-day support to CI programs in preparing proposals to multilateral donors, especially GEF/GCF funding with all GEF/GCF agencies other than CI, World Bank, the Development Banks (IADB, ADB and AfDB), and the UN system;

·             Act as Account Manager for multilateral grants, manage the day-to-day coordination of CI’s multilateral accounts including review of technical reports;

·             Serve as the key strategist and custodian of the donor relationship on behalf of CI, representing the full range of CI’s interests, and managing the risks of engagement;

·             Convert potential multilateral donors into partners, drawing on CI leadership as necessary;

·             Provide guidance and support to CI programs in strategizing to develop new funding opportunities and in managing the preparation of proposals to multilateral donors, especially Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and Green Climate Fund (GCF) proposals implemented through any of the GEF/GCF Agencies other than CI, and non-GEF proposals to the World Bank, and the Development Banks (IADB, ADB and AfDB);

·             Work with GPP and other CI staff to develop and implement partnerships and fundraising strategies for field and HQ programs focusing on multilateral donors;

·             Provide input for developing activities to build field fundraising capacity;

·             Other duties as assigned by supervisor.




·             Bachelor’s Degree, preferably related to environmental/natural resources management, policy and/or finance;

·             At least 8 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 and reports 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), Skype, Skype for Business, and other common office computer applications.



·             Master’s Degree in international affairs, environment, public administration, finance or related field;

·             Ability to read, write and speak Spanish, French or Portuguese;


Working conditions

·             Normal office environment; location of the position is flexible

·             Approximately 10% international and domestic travel as required.



CI Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms. 

Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.

Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.



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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