SENIOR DIRECTOR, NATURE BASED CLIMATE MITIGATION
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.
Avoiding dangerous climate change requires transformative actions across all sectors of our society and economy, including rapid energy transition, technological innovation, and unprecedented investment in natural climate solutions, all pursued urgently, globally, and in parallel. Natural climate solutions (NCS) include conservation, restoration and improved land management actions that increase carbon storage or avoid emissions across natural and semi-natural land-uses (with actions ranging from reforestation to wetland conservation and climate-smart agriculture). Such solutions offer >11 Gt CO2e/yr in cost-effective mitigation potential globally, that can be achieved without harmful impacts to food security, fiber security, or biodiversity. However, realizing the massive potential of NCS will require breakthroughs to align many sectors of society toward meeting this collective challenge and opportunity, requiring co-design of solutions pathways and the science needed to inform them. Conservation International seeks an exceptional scientist to design, implement and coordinate a transformative research agenda to inform key NCS targets and their pathways for implementation.
The Senior Director, Nature Based Climate Mitigation, will lead the strategic development of NCS science across the institution, working closely with a network of scientists and practitioners across CI Divisions and in collaboration with core external partners. S/he will play a key and highly visible role in leading the delivery of high-impact outputs and outcomes relating to the science of NCS, developing innovative research projects and designing funding proposals that will help deliver on CI’s climate goals. Core areas of focus will include research to define critical NCS targets - for example, characterizing high-carbon ‘irreplaceable’ ecosystems and pathways for their conservation; identifying transformative means for reducing deforestation and degradation, including and in addition to REDD+; spatially defining restoration and reforestation opportunities, barriers and trade-offs; cost-benefit of various NCS pathways; and identification of the safeguards necessary to secure biodiversity, food and fiber, while enabling NCS to meet their potential at national and global scales.
Hence, s/he will have both a broad and deep understanding of the core issues relating to climate change in general and climate mitigation in particular. Deep technical knowledge will be complemented by a robust understanding of the global and national policy contexts into which NCS must integrate and evolve, together with broader strategic and project/team management skillsets. S/he will also play a critical role internally, contributing to the institutional Climate Strategy and working closely with the Climate Team, driving collaboration across Divisions and advising and mentoring key staff, as well as externally, building and leveraging strategic alliances with NGOs, multi-laterals and businesses.
Working with a high degree of independence this is an exceptional opportunity for a creative, determined individual to lead research that will directly contribute to CI’s and partner organizations on-the-ground actions to mitigate climate change through leveraging nature.
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