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 Aquaculture Innovation Fellow, Blue Production Program will lead the development of a strategic, innovative aquaculture program, institutionalizing capacity in our organization and working with partners to help shape the development trajectory for this sector which is the fastest growing food production sector on the planet. Working in the Center for Oceans, the Fellow will work closely with a range of partners and divisions at CI, including the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), the Moore Science Center and CI’s established aquaculture community of practice that includes CI’s field programs in China, Indonesia, Ecuador, Brazil, Costa Rica, Greater Mekong/Tonle Sap, the Philippines, and CI Africa’s sustainable production program.
S/he plays a key and visible role in leading the delivery of high-impact outputs and developing innovative projects and proposals to achieve CI’s vision and goals for sustainable aquaculture in priority seascapes globally. S/he is responsible for program development, ensuring that CI’s aquaculture program strategies, initiatives and outcomes advance human development and conservation priorities. The Aquaculture Innovation Fellow will support delivery of the following key strategic priorities of the Blue Production program: (1) Develop science and policy to support effective governance of aquaculture in focal regions in CI’s Asia-Pacific, Americas, and Africa field division regions; (2) Development and implementation of field demonstration programs for sustainable aquaculture, including the piloting of innovative “break-through” technologies and interventions to lower the environmental impact of the sector while increasing sustainable production and socioeconomic benefits; and, (3) Supporting the delivery of conservation finance solutions to the aquaculture sector to incentivize clean production models.
The Aquaculture Innovation Fellow will work with Center for Oceans leadership to support fundraising efforts for the program, including developing project proposals, actively pursuing new sources of funding, facilitating communication and ensuring coordination with other programs and staff, and advancing funding relationships with key partners and donors to secure program funding for regional and field activities. S/he continuously represents CI to engage and influence key external stakeholders including government and NGO officials, donors, and other parties critical to program success. As appropriate, s/he builds and leverages strategic alliances with NGOs, businesses, or other entities that can further CI’s mission.
Lead the development of a strategic, innovative aquaculture program including implementing CI’s Blue Production strategy, objectives, work plans and metrics.
Support delivery of the key strategic priorities including effective governance of aquaculture in focal regions in CI’s Asia-Pacific, Americas, and Africa field division regions; development and implementation of field demonstration programs for sustainable aquaculture; and, supporting the delivery of conservation finance solutions to the aquaculture sector to incentivize clean production models.
Provide support to leadership in strategic planning, partner engagement, and Center for Oceans program priorities, and work closely with the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), the Moore Science Center and CI’s established aquaculture community of practice.
Represent CI at key conferences and meetings, and advance and influence stakeholder understanding and support through the development of proactive communication materials, publications and thought pieces.
Together with Center for Oceans leadership and CI development staff, lead and support fundraising efforts for the program.
Oversee reporting to donors to ensure it accurately reflects the work completed for the support offered.
Local and/or international travel of 25% or more, sometimes in difficult travel conditions.
Ability to work in remote locations or under difficult working conditions.
Flexibility in work schedule in order to accommodate time differences among CI offices.
Graduate level studies and 3-5 years or more related experience. Advanced degree strongly preferred.
Program or project management experience, preferably in the global conservation, NGO, advocacy or related for-profit arena.
Ability to work with diverse teams across many regions of the world and engage staff who are not direct reports in carrying out program strategies and objectives.
Demonstrated ability to function as an agent of change, strategy development and program management.
Clear passion for achieving human well-being through biodiversity conservation, highly desired.
Ability to inspire colleagues and partners to engage in successfully launching this new global program.
Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects or initiatives involving multiple internal and external stakeholders.
Superb oral and written communication skills.
Global understanding of marine conservation and aquaculture issues, with some working knowledge of conservation in multiple regional geographies.
Experience designing, building and/or carrying out on-the-ground conservation programs.
Excellent technical and analytical skills, including demonstrated experience in strategy development.
Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, with proven ability to turn vision and strategies into outcomes.
Outstanding people management skills, including 3 – 5 years of experience working in high functioning, multi-disciplinary teams.
Demonstrated ability to fundraise with governments, foundations, and private individuals, and experience managing multimillion dollar program budgets with numerous sub-grantees and partners.
A record of success partnering with, and influencing, key stakeholders and building strong partnerships across public and private sectors and civil society.
Proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Adept at working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities with limited supervision.
Fluency in English required; proficiency in Spanish or Bahasa Indonesia desired.
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