Brazil External Affairs Director

Brazil External Affairs Director

Nature Conservancy

Home-based, Brazil


The Brazil External Affairs Director (Director) develops, leads, and implements plans and programs to achieve the Conservancy’s mission and deliver our 2030 conservation goals, through interaction with governments, multilateral agencies, and/or the corporate sector. These goals, in Brazil, are implemented through a system thinking approach, by conservation strategies, such as Water Security, Sustainable Agriculture, Forests and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, in selected iconic landscapes and beyond through scaling levers, such as public policy and markets. This position will work in the complex Brazilian political environment and its interactions in global policy and markets given Brazil’s importance in the global conservation arena, including climate change, biodiversity, and international trading negotiations. The Director will also be part of TNC global policy team and external affairs team in charge of coordinating the Brazil BU work in the international context. The Director will be located in Brazil and will report to the Brazil BU Executive Director.


The Brazil External Affairs Director furthers the work of The Nature Conservancy and its conservation partners through direct interaction with governments, multilateral agencies, and/or businesses focusing on policy, practice, and funding initiatives that provide conservation opportunities and/or impact our conservation and climate programs. S/he/they identifies conservation and climate policy and funding opportunities, evaluates the potential for strategic partnerships, and develops and implements strategies to influence corporate practice, public policy, and public funding for conservation at a large scale, national, regional and/or global level. S/he/they liaisons with counterparts within the organization to provide and extract useful lessons and experience and to coordinate on joint policy/practice approaches, in a matrixed structure, with local, regional, and global teams. S/he/they will manage a policy team in Brazil. S/he will attend virtual and some in person regional and global policy meetings and events and coordinate with TNC regional and global policy and external affairs.


  • Supervises administrative and/or professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training, and development;
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating, and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets;
  • Works with the BU leadership to foster and implement Public Policy strategies as a lever in a systems’ thinking framework;
  • Works with BU leadership to build a strong network of relationships to influence policy, including volunteer leadership, public agencies, civil society groups and embassies;
  • Works with BU leadership to pro-actively guide TNC Brazil’s public positions, in coordination with other regional and our global XA policy team;
  • Leads, in close partnership with Conservation, Science and Corporate Engagement teams in Brazil and the region, the development of Public Policy strategies that will deliver 2030 goals;
  • Serves on the Brazil Executive Team supporting strategic management of the program;
  • Responsible for meeting departmental strategic goals and objectives;
  • Communicates professionally with a wide variety of people from different cultures;
  • Prepares and presents project proposals and negotiates with federal, bilateral, and multilateral agencies and/or the business and corporate sector, to achieve program goals;
  • Develops policy and position papers, talking points and analysis;
  • Participates in national fora and working groups in support of global and regional policy commitments on climate and biodiversity;
  • Participates in international fora and delegations as required;
  • Briefs and resources TNC senior management on policy objectives and goals;
  • Ensures our Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policies are inserted as part of BU’s External Affairs and Public Policy work, considering the internal and external environment;
  • Accountable to persuasively convey the mission of The Nature Conservancy to diverse groups including key legislators, government officials and others who are critical to the Conservancy’s overall public funding strategies;
  • Works in partnership with other organizations in a collaborative and consultative or advisory capacity;
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements;
  • Ensures that the program complies with federal lobbying laws and regulations;
  • Develops and implements multi-year public fundraising strategies, and goals;
  • Effectively directs and or participates in complex negotiations;
  • Develops constructive and effective working relationships inside and outside the Conservancy.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, economics, other social sciences, business or related field and 6 years of senior management level experience in government relations, corporate sector, or equivalent combination of education/experience;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese;
  • International work experience;
  • Experience with environmental legal framework in Brazil, considering municipal, state, and federal levels;
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with management-level individuals within the corporate sector;
  • Working experience with international conventions and treaties, particularly those that relate to the environment;
  • Direct experience working with partners and government agencies;
  • Project management experience including coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside an organization;
  • Experience in strategy development and implementation;
  • Experience with relationship building skills;
  • Experience negotiating complex high profile or sensitive agreements;
  • Experience with written and verbal communication and presentation skills;
  • Highly organized and detail oriented experience;
  • Experience with a crisp writing style and experience summarizing complex ideas and present them to a variety of lay audiences;
  • Experience with ethics and compliance protocols and objectives;
  • Experience being an excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships with governments, corporations, partners, donors, volunteers, and all levels of staff.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience;
  • Master’s degree;
  • Social media experience and footprint;
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.

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