Fiji Country Program Director in Conservation International Suva, Central, Fiji

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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. Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all, for over 30 years. With, a global team of 1000+, and a track record of supporting projects globally, from the waters of the Pacific to the sands of sub-Saharan Africa, CI is well positioned to promote conservation where it is needed most: all over the world. Building upon a strong foundation of science and partnership, empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, for the well-being of humanity. The Country Director is responsible for the overall CI Fiji program and project portfolios and provides strategic leadership and oversight on the implementation of the Fiji Country Program as part of the Pacific Islands Program (PIP) under the auspices of the Asia Pacific Field Division.

POSITION SUMMARY – This position is based in Suva, Fiji

The Country Director will provide strategic guidance and leadership for all program and project functions, including fundraising, conservation finance, policy, science, and country program management and oversight. The position co-leads the development of new strategic initiatives with emphasis on the development of nature-based solutions for climate change will also ensure good relations with the Government of Fiji and that activities are in line with national goals, southern cross stars, and programs to ensure that CI works effectively with all implementation partners. The Country Director is accountable for the overall management and operations of the CI Fiji program and is the relationship manager for in-country and external stakeholders. The position is also responsible as Pacific Fisheries Advisor and will support the strategic development of jurisdictional Approach (JA) initiatives for tuna fisheries in the Pacific (at country and regional scales) with a particular focus on leading CI’s tuna fishery-related engagements with government and industry partners.

The position will provide thought leadership in the design and implementation of JA for Pacific Tuna, represent CI as a key technical resource, build alliances, and forge strategic partnerships with critical stakeholders for project success. The Pacific Fisheries Advisor is also responsible to design capacity and capability needs and advise on capacity-building needs to ensure project success.

This position is expected to have a strong network with External and well as Internal stakeholders at country and regional levels. The position reports to the Senior Director of, the Pacific Islands, and Oceans Program and there is a liaisoneporting line with the Centre for Oceans Division on Pacific Tuna fisheries affairs


  • Manage the Fiji Program Cost Centre and report monthly to SD -PRP.
  • Overall leadership and management responsibilities to all CI Fiji Terrestrial, Marine, and Operational programs.
  • Coordinate CI implementation activities in Fiji.
  • Assist in the implementation of CI’s new approach through the formulation and implementation of new initiatives in Fiji.
  • Maintain and build on the key leadership role and partnerships developed by CI.
  • Assist the National Trust of Fiji with the continued development of its Natural Heritage Unit in particular with the development of the network of protected areas based on the Sovi Basin.
  • Provides thought leadership around the design and implementation of Jurisdictional Approaches for Offshore and Coastal Fisheries in Fiji.


  • The position requires in-country, in-region (Pacific Tuna Fisheries), and international travels with head of governments/country delegations, Head of Organizations, Donors, and Partners, to progress position responsibilities.
  • Business hours may vary to ensure coordination with Asia-Pacific Field Division, Cross-Divisional offices (C4O, PDM, SLS), and other Pacific country programs.
  • Prepared to travel to rural communities and live in basic village accommodations when required to be in the field.
  • Travel within the country and overseas may be required.
  • Guidance on flexible work arrangements will be shared during the interview process.



  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental/conservation management or a related field.
  • 7 or more years of experience at senior management level in the conservation/environment / natural resource (agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment) management field.
  • Ability to lead a multi-disciplined team, interpret scientific/social data, and apply it to achieve national and institutional goals.
  • A record of success in influencing and partnering with key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work effectively with government, regional and international organizations, NGOs, universities, and the local communities on environmental management and conservation issues; display strong leadership abilities and HR management.
  • Proven experience and assessment of multi-stakeholder relationships and partnerships involved in natural resource conservation & management.
  • High level of oral and written communication, negotiation, partnership building, and liaison skills.
  • An understanding of technical/scientific language in English.
  • Computer savvy


  • Advanced degree in environmental/conservation management or a related field.
  • A respected leader in the Pacific Island region with extensive knowledge of tuna fisheries, including around climate resilience and social responsibility (strong preference).
  • A strong network relationship with Heads of Government, industry players, and a community of conservationists, and sensitive to engaging with Vanua dynamics through chiefs and community leaders.
  • Strong understanding of government machinery and processes.
  • A good communicator; able to communicate openly with high-level officials, technical experts, community leaders, educators, and students.

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

Application Deadline: December 13, 2022 (11:49 PM EST)

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Company: Conservation International

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location: Suva, Central, Fiji

Application Deadline: N/A

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