Vaga Servisu - Conservation Projects Portfolio Manager - Conservation International (CI)


Conservation Projects Portfolio Manager

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 based in New Zealand (preferred), Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Indonesia or Timor-Leste

Conservation International's Aotearoa is seeking a dynamic and experienced Project Manager to oversee a diverse portfolio of conservation projects, including with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) Manaaki Funding mechanism. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in managing activities, coordinating with multiple Country Programs, and ensuring that portfolio outcomes align with Conservation International's and Donor conservation priorities.

The ideal candidate will possess strong program management skills, technical expertise, and the ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. They will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies, monitoring and evaluating progress, ensuring compliance, and supporting capacity-building efforts. The Portfolio Manager will also contribute to the program's financial sustainability by identifying funding opportunities and collaborating on proposals.

If you are a proactive, results-oriented professional with a passion for conservation and international development, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.


  • Ensure timely and high-quality reporting to NZ MFAT.
  • Facilitate information sharing and resources on NZ MFAT and donor due diligence and reporting requirements with CI programs.
  • Develop project and portfolio strategies, objectives, work plans, and metrics.
  • Monitor, measure, and provide periodic progress and metric reports.
  • Ensure compliance with CI policies, funding agreements, and local requirements.
  • Identify capacity-building needs and support efforts to address capacity gaps.
  • Promote information sharing.  Build stakeholder understanding and support by developing fact sheets, statistics, and related communication materials.  Hold conferences/gatherings and other events to share best practices and lessons learned.
  • Effectively engage stakeholders including donors, government and NGOs, technical colleagues, and other partners important to program success. 
  • Represent the organization externally and serve as a trusted point of contact for CI. 
  • Identify opportunities for program growth and development.
  • Support program financial sustainability by identifying funding opportunities. Partner with CI and HQ staff on funding proposals and contribute to regional/global fundraising efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Extended work hours may be required.
  • Occasional travel of 20% or more as needed.
  • Ability to work in remote locations or under difficult working conditions.
  • Guidance on flexible work arrangements will be shared during the interview process. 
  • This is a fixed-term assignment, anticipated to begin in July 2024 and end in June 2026. 



  • Bachelor’s Degree and 4 to 6 years of related work experience. 
  • Program or project management experience, preferably in conservation, NGO, advocacy, or related public and private arena.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Team player and able to work effectively with diverse work groups in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Success in influencing and partnering with key stakeholders and raising funds.
  • Proven ability to multitask and meet priorities.  Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under minimal supervision. 
  • Fluency in English is required.


  • Advanced degree or graduate studies.
  • Passionate, self-motivated, adaptable, and strong work ethic; thrives independently and collaboratively in a dynamic environment while delivering high-quality results.
  • Experience managing publicly funded projects.
  • Experience in conservation/development in the Pacific.
  • Maori / Pacific Island language proficiency.

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

Application Deadline: May 31, 2024  (11:49 PM EST)

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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