Policy Specialist

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
Spanish and English


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The Policy Specialist plays a key role in development and implementation of the three NASCA strategies to achieve the shared conservation agenda through interactions and stewardship with decision-makers and key stakeholders at the national level.


  1. Contribute with policy input, theory of change and strategic expertise to implement NASCA strategies (water, infrastructure and lands).
  2. Lead the design and implementation of a policy strategy to insert water funds, the hydropower by design, biodiversity off-sets and lands technical frameworks and related tools into decision-making processes in NASCA.
  3. Serve as a subject matter expert and adviser on complex and strategic issues, build/develop/maintain/strengthen relations with key stakeholders to implement conservation goals and the Shared Conservation Agenda, including national (environment, energy and mining, planning) and sub-national agencies, national and international donors, private sector, other relevant stakeholders.
  4. Liaise with Global  and LAR Teams, Science and Field Conservation staff, other External Affairs departments and with TNC’s Operating Units to: (i) coordinate incorporating relevant input to policy work in NASCA, (ii) provide policy lessons from Colombia to be applicable elsewhere, and (iii) provide inputs to meet fundraising goals of NASCA.
  5. Support the NASCA director with the day to day relationship with key stakeholders, including national agencies, national and international donors, multilateral organizations and other relevant stakeholders.


  • Proposes and implements procedures to enhance overall performance in accordance with short and long term objectives.
  • Participates in the formulation and evaluation of broad policies and/or long-term programs, or making decisions, which typically have broad organizational impact.
  • Directs major program of strategic importance to the Conservancy through management of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Develops relationships and works effectively with corporate, government, community, and non-governmental organization partners.
  • Makes decisions independently with little or no opportunity for management collaboration or oversight.
  • Decisions may affect organization’s public image.
  • Decisions may have maximum financial and/or legal impact on the organization.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, law, government relations or related field and 4 years related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English
  • Experience presenting to and/or communicating with business, government or legislative staff and/or program leadership.
  • Experience in designing, implementing and directing multiple complex projects and ensuring program accountability.
  • Communications experience including preparing and presenting project proposals and developing written communications.
  • Experience working with corporate or NGO partners, and government agencies.


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