This is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world, seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature — issues such as climate change, conserving lands, waters, and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more resilient and sustainable.

Our Mission
TNC’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Rather than viewing development – including economic growth – and conservation as contradictory goals, TNC works to demonstrate how nature has value for people and development and how nature can provide enormous economic benefit. TNC envisions a future where people and nature can flourish together.

Our Vision
A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfil our needs and enrich our lives.

The Conservancy Team
We achieve this through the dedicated efforts of our 3,800 diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom support conservation in 76  countries and all 50 United States. We are striving to develop a workforce as diverse as the places where we work, and we have a deep commitment to diversity.

Organizational History
TNC is the largest conservation organisation in the world, working in all 50 states in the United States and more than 76 countries. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia on October 22, 1951. TNC is science-based and in every place, we work, we partner with governments, businesses, and local communities. TNC is advancing its mission by protecting and restoring rivers, landscapes and oceans for people and their development at an unprecedented scale; it is transforming the way humanity uses the Earth’s natural resources to sustain ourselves.


Specialist Climate Change and Adaptation will lead our Climate Adaptation portfolio of work, which is currently focused on Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India but is likely to expand to other locations as well as pan-India issues. They will provide strategic, technical, and managerial leadership to the Climate Adaptation team, formulate its overall priorities, and initiate key projects. They will also provide technical guidance towards strategy, planning and project implementation across the organization particularly in climate change adaptation (CCA) and conservation models.

The Climate Change Adaptation Specialist will serve as the principal contact for clients, government agencies, and other organizations working on similar issues. S/he will play a leading role in client identification, cultivation, and stewardship for their area of work. They will establish NCIS as a major player within their area of expertise. The team may have to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances depending on the nature of projects being implemented by NCIS.

The position may require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours.


Specialist Climate Change and Adaptation will oversee the implementation of our strategies related to climate adaptation in India, including, but not limited to, ecosystem approach, nature-based solutions, green printing, and ‘Development by design’. The specialist will provide technical leadership as a subject matter expert for climate adaptation in a variety of initiatives. S/he  will build upon the current body of work to have a cohesive and comprehensive climate adaptation strategy to meet the organization’s goals related to people and nature.

The Specialist will build the organization’s technical and programmatic capacity in the field of climate adaptation and collaborate with other organizations, researchers, and practitioners to enhance our impact, both at the field and policy level. S/he may also negotiate complex and innovative solutions with clients, government agencies, academic and research institutions, corporations, and local partners to promote climate adaptation at scale. The Specialist and the team will strive to provide consultancy inputs to mainstream climate adaptation strategies in the local/regional/national planning processes. Climate adaptation team shall coordinate consultants, and partners to ensure effective and successful delivery of our priority projects. They will also help establish NCIS as a major player within the Indian climate adaptation space and represent the organization in a variety of fora.

The Specialist Climate Change and Adaptation will undertake the following functions, in collaboration with the programme in-charge, external advisors and within the overall mandate of the defined project deliverables:

Roles and responsibilities:
•    Develops and implements the strategy to achieve the organization’s goals and quantified targets related to climate adaptation.
•    Strengthens and develops the climate adaptation portfolio of NCIS for impact at scale by pursuing various business opportunities. Promotes NCIS leadership and visibility in the area of climate adaptation.
•    Acts as the technical liaison within and outside of the organization; may provide training on climate adaptation and other conservation issues, including spatial planning, wetland, forest and grassland management, green infrastructure, nature-based solutions, and other related issues.
•    Makes strategic decisions based on sound analysis and judgement in consultation with the organization’s leadership.
•    Leads stakeholder consultations on climate adaptation issues and Is comfortable with communicating with a varied group of stakeholders.
•    Collaborates with a wide range of partners to identify projects and associated research needs, present technical concepts, and support fieldwork.
•    Negotiates complex agreements, managing risks and anticipating challenges.
•    Recruits, retains, and manages high quality and effective multi-disciplinary staff, consultants, and partners with responsibility for performance management and successful delivery of projects.
•    Supports team members to effectively implement complex projects – both analytical and field-oriented.
•    Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget. Oversees preparation of contracts, proposals, and client reports.
•    Takes responsibility for all budgeting and financial management aspects of the portfolio of climate adaptation projects.
•    Resolves complex problems through systematic analysis and effective leadership.
•    Persuasively conveys NCIS mission and USP to diverse groups including potential clients, corporates, academics, and others critical to the organizational vision and mission.
•    Co-leads preparation of succinct reports and other communication products for a wide range of audiences.
•    May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally.


•    MSc in Environmental sciences/ Climate Science Policy degree or Equivalent with  at least 5 years’ experience in climate and conservation science and practice or equivalent combination of education and experience
•    Experience of working at a state/ national level on climate adaptation projects
•    Knowledge on climate change with Vulnerability assessments, global and national policy environment, Climate modelling
•    Experience of coordinating major programs or projects of strategic importance, including management/ supervision of multi-disciplinary teams and meeting deadlines
•    Experience with financial management of a large program
•    Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.
•    Business development experience, including identifying and cultivating potential clients
•    Experience of working with current trends and practices related to climate change issues in India
•    Experience in developing partnerships with government agencies and other stakeholders
•    Experience influencing, developing, and implementing climate adaptation projects, programs, and/or plans at the local, state, or country level
•    Fluency in English, Hindi and one regional language

•    Masters in Environment Policy or Science, Climate Science, Business Administration, Planning or any other technical field such as conservation, forestry, agriculture, or economics
•    At least 15 years’ experience, including 10 years in a senior manager role
•    Knoweledge of GIS,  Remote Sensing and data handling on Climate change parameters will be an advantage
•    Adept on functioning of state and national government agencies and non-government organizations in climate adaptation
•    Deep understanding of the implications of climate change on key sectors
•    Ability to provide guidance on the integration of climate risk management and, development of long term and medium-term responses to climate change
•    Multi- lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
•    Experience of working on a range of projects on conservation and environment
•    Knowledge of project management tools/methods and experience of conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives
•    Good communications skills – written, spoken, and graphical


Nature Conservancy India Solutions Private Limited (NCIS) is a private limited company incorporated under the Companies Act 2013, having it registered office in India in New Delhi. India. It is a wholly owned Indian subsidiary of The Nature Conservancy.  The company currently provides technical consultancy, monitoring & evaluation and other related services in the domain of conservation and environment to its various clients within and outside India.


Job Family: Conservation


To apply for job ID 54128, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM IST on 31-October-2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.