Program Fellow, Andes-Amazon Initiative – Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Program Fellow, Andes-Amazon Initiative (Palo Alto, CA) – Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Andes-Amazon Initiative’s goal is to conserve the Amazonian forests, which provide habitat for biodiversity and regulate the regional climate cycle. To achieve this goal, the Foundation supports work that addresses the following elements:

  • Resilient protected areas and protected area systems, 
  • The transformation of frontier economies, and 
  • Basin-wide enabling conditions for conservation.  

The Initiative is currently active in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The initiative team also makes a small number of grants outside of these areas to support basin-wide research and new approaches that will benefit its target geographies.

The Program Fellow will: 

  • Contribute to the implementation of an investigation plan to develop a new initiative on sustainable agriculture in the Environment Program. This plan will build on the work carried out in the AAI and on the assessment of new opportunities with global reach. The investigations will focus on identifying interventions to reduce the impact of agricultural commodities across natural habitats in South America through research, data analysis and synthesis, and working with Foundation staff and external experts.  (60% time effort)
  • Convene, facilitate and participate in meetings to gather and disseminate knowledge on sustainable agriculture issues with a focus on beef and soy. (20% effort)
  • Collaborate with other AAI program officers on strategies and grant-making supporting integrated land use planning in the Amazon. (20% time effort)

 Experience and Education  

 The candidate will have:  

  • A Master’s or Doctorate degree in a relevant field (Natural Resource or Agricultural Economics and Policy preferred). 
  • A background in sustainable development and conservation (5-7 years) in the Andes-Amazon, such as work in a non-governmental organization, corporation, government, or applied academic fields.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in successfully addressing the drivers of deforestation in the Amazon region using innovative and effective approaches. 
  • A record of successfully promoting and working on complex partnership or multi-stakeholder projects to achieve tangible outcomes.

 Competencies and Attributes  

The ideal candidate also will have:

  • A sophisticated understanding of the economics of commodities that originate in the Amazon and supply the global market.
  • Demonstrated passion for making improvements in sustainable use in the Andes-Amazon region and beyond.  
  • Demonstrated strategic planning skills, with ability to identify and rigorously evaluate new opportunities
  • Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage large projects and budgets, set realistic goals and objectives, and balance multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated strong teamwork and interpersonal skills, with ability to develop productive relationships with colleagues, grantees, stakeholders, and other. Collegial and energetic working style. 
  • Demonstrated comfort with and experience in public speaking and meeting organization/facilitation.  
  • Demonstrated ability and openness to quickly adapt and adjust strategy and approach to changing conditions  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, as well as Spanish and/or Portuguese. 
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Personal motivation to support the Foundation mission and goals.

See the full job announcement here

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email to