Grant Director
Job Search Location(s) Brazil (remote), Quito-Ecuador, Lima-Peru, Brussels-Belgium, France (Remote), London-United Kingdom (Remote), Singapore, Phnom Penh-Cambodia, Jakarta-Indonesia, Antananarivo-Madagascar
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Grant Director

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.

POSITION SUMMARY - This position is open to CI Offices in Brazil (remote), Ecuador, Peru, Belgium, France (Remote), United Kingdom (Remote), Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia or Madagascar.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) awards grants and provides technical assistance to civil society organizations in developing countries to safeguard biodiversity hotspots. CEPF is a joint program of l'Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, and the World Bank. It is administered by Conservation International on behalf of the global donors.

Reporting to the Managing Director of CEPF, the Grant Director is responsible for overseeing the development of grant portfolios in one or more biodiversity hotspots, supporting grantees’ organizational development, and ensuring delivery of sustained impacts in terms of biodiversity, human well-being, civil society capacity, and enabling conditions. The Grant Director will also support the development of new funding opportunities, to extend the impact of the fund.

The position provides a rare opportunity to contribute to the work of a leading fund for nature conservation at a critical time for life on our planet.


Ecosystem Profile Development and Management

  • Supervise the preparation of ecosystem profiles in selected hotspots, including the recruitment and supervision of a team to prepare the ecosystem profile, and technical and editorial oversight to ensure the profile’s alignment with CEPF’s Terms of Reference.
  • Ensure extensive stakeholder participation from civil society, government, and donor institutions, and use of the best available biodiversity and socio-economic information, to establish geographic and thematic priorities for investment.

Portfolio Management

  • In the assigned biodiversity hotspot(s), manage the recruitment of a Regional Implementation Team to provide local support to CEPF applicants and grantees, train and mentor the RIT, and oversee its performance to ensure successful fulfillment of the RIT terms of reference.
  • Manage calls for proposals, proposal evaluations, and project preparation, and make joint recommendations with the RIT for awards of large grants (currently over $50,000) to civil society organizations for projects addressing priorities in the ecosystem profile for the hotspot.
  • Support and oversee the RIT to manage a program of small grants (currently up to $50,000).
  • Provide training and mentoring support to civil society organizations working in the hotspot to ensure successful proposal preparation, strong project performance, and long-term organizational development.
  • Supervise grantee-level compliance with CEPF’s Environmental and Social Management Framework and Operational Manual, through training, technical assistance, and monitoring.
  • Monitor grantee and portfolio performance and contractual compliance by reviewing grantee programmatic and financial reports and conducting semi-annual supervision missions.
  • Monitor implementation, impact, and lessons learned at the portfolio level. Prepare annual portfolio overviews, as well as participatory assessment reports at portfolio mid-point and end.
  • Support the RIT and the CEPF Monitoring, Evaluation, and Outreach Unit to ensure accurate monitoring of indicators at project, portfolio, and global levels, and to meet specific monitoring requirements of CEPF’s donors.
  • Troubleshoot implementation bottlenecks and compliance problems related to the performance of individual grants, the RIT, and the overall portfolio.
  • Advance gender equality and inclusion through all aspects of grant-making.
  • Conduct outreach to relevant government agencies to ensure positive working relations.
  • Represent CEPF at workshops and conferences to enhance collaboration with other conservation partners.

Donor Engagement and Management

  • In coordination with the Executive Director, engage with CEPF’s existing donors to identify and pursue opportunities for synergy and complementarity.
  • In coordination with the Executive Director, help cultivate new donors by identifying funding opportunities and providing technical inputs to concept notes and funding proposals.
  • Provide inputs to technical reports to CEPF’s donors.
  • Organize and accompany existing and potential donors on site visits, to see the impacts of CEPF-supported projects.

CEPF Program Management

  • Participate in CEPF-wide program development and lessons-learned activities.
  • Contribute to various Secretariat-level tasks, including compiling and verifying monitoring data, and sharing and producing inputs for internal and external communications.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of CEPF grant-making policies, tools, and protocols, to enhance CEPF’s effectiveness and efficiency in achieving its mission.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • This position will involve working from home remotely, a CI office in a normal office environment, or a combination of the two.
  • The position will require travel to the field for up to 25% of the time.



  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources management, or other relevant field, and 7 or more years of professional experience in conservation project management and grant-making, or equivalent combination.
  • Proven record of successful team leadership through effective communication and participation skills.
  • Proven record of effectively building partnerships with key partners, donors, and government officials.
  • Strong working knowledge of conservation-related issues.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and in one other language, preferably French, Spanish, or Portuguese.
  • Strong writing and communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of audiences and with people from different cultures.
  • Ability to analyze and present data and program information, orally and in writing, in non-technical language.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work productively in a variety of settings, ranging from the office to the field.


  • Master’s degree
  • Proficiency in a third language, preferably French, Portuguese, and/or Spanish.
  • Conservation-related field experience.
  • Working experience or knowledge of conservation and economic-related issues in at least one biodiversity hotpot.
  • Experience in capacity building, technical assistance, and monitoring and evaluation.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility-committed employer. We are proud to have a diverse, global workforce where employment decisions are based on qualifications, experience, position requirements, business needs, market conditions, merit, and other legitimate nondiscriminatory factors.

As a science-based organization, CI follows CDC recommendations for COVID-19 and other vaccines. Accordingly, for the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community, subject to applicable local law, all Conservation International staff are expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, vaccination is no longer a mandate or condition of employment and employees are not required to provide proof of vaccination. This means we will not require an individual to be vaccinated to enter a CI office, attend CI events or travel on CI-related trips. This applies for our community partners as well. This vaccine expectation applies to all team members working remotely, in a hybrid work arrangement, and on-site. Job applicants are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.

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