Flexible global location, home-based (Brazil strongly preferred)
Salary: $100,000 - $150,000 USD. Candidates must have the right to work in the country from which they apply.
Candidate Level: Management
Contract Type: Fixed-Term
Working Hours: Full Time
Sector: Conservation / Environment / Climate
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Closing date: 22/10/2023
Climate Emergency Collaboration Group
Programme Director Brazil

The Climate Emergency Collaboration Group (CECG) is a regranting collaboration made up of some of the world's largest climate philanthropic funders. We use our convening and philanthropic power to facilitate stronger collaboration, coordination, and campaigning from the global climate movement in pursuit of increased climate action around the UN climate talks and other international summits. CECG is fiscally sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a 501(c)(3), as a Sponsored Project within its charitable-giving fund. 

The G20, followed by COP30, in Brazil will be major international moments for the acceleration of efforts towards the Paris Climate Agreement. To maximize this opportunity, CECG is seeking a Programme Director - Brazil to work hand in hand with the Executive Director and the other three CECG Programme Directors to shape our strategy and grant making with an eye to these key events and drive the strategy through key partnerships and stakeholder engagement, with a focus on CECG’s Four Strategic Pillars: Inclusion, Implementation, Investment, and Impacts


The successful applicant will be a highly organized ‘self-starter’ who to the essential coordination and delivery of the organization’s COP30 and G20 work. The advisor must be someone who is comfortable working in coalitions (and sometimes leading them) across multiple fields (NGO, CSO, Philanthropy, etc) to maximize impact. This role will also work with a range of senior stakeholders from the Brazilian government to international philanthropies and grassroots organizations. 

Primary responsibilities

The job holder will have the following key responsibilities:

  1. Shape and drive the organizations’ G20 and COP30 strategies.
    • Provide mapping of regional options for different host country options to shape strategy, partnerships, grant making and to inform broader philanthropy around needs and opportunities.
    • Input and provide thought leadership on the organization’s G20 and COP30 strategies with particular focus on how to leverage the CECG pooled fund and broader network for impact and provide support to track progress against CECG’s larger multilateral strategy.
    • Work with CECG’s Programme Directors and experts to ensure seamless strategic alignment between CECG’s thematic strategies (finance, food/nature, implementation, climate impacts, inclusion) and the COP30 moment.
    • Work with Programme Assistants to ensure and organization calendar of key events and meetings is tracked and updated.
  1. Be the point of contact with the G20 and COP30 Presidency and key CSO networks and organization.
    • Keep regular contact with the COP30 Team and key CSO groups to help calibrate CECG’s strategy and leverage partnerships for impact.
    • Build relationships with other key regional governments who will be important to the success of COP30, including G20/G7 presidents and pre-COP hosts.
    • Help shuttle requests for support from key governmental and CSO partners, ranging from philanthropic support to the convening of partners.
    • Share intel and updates with the CECG team, the CECG Board of Directors, and other key CECG stakeholders.
  1. Be a proactive and effective advocate for the COP30 Strategy – socializing and aligning impact across key parts of the broader ecosystem.
    • Help manage, and in some cases set up, the coordination of a G20 and COP30 working groups of partners to ensure strategic alignment with a small, high trust group of insiders and outsiders. This could include specific experts on food and nature in this grouping, recognising that these sectors will have a central role in the dynamics of COP 30, and that the climate community needs to integrate more closely with existing networks and experts to be successful.
    • Input into CECG’s tracking progress for key COP30 strategic priorities, help anticipate issues, identify solutions, and mobilize relevant actors.
    • Create and input on clusters of collaboration where needed to deliver on key pieces of the strategy, as agreed with CECG Programme Directors (g., food/nature, public mobilization, climate finance, etc).
    • Encourage good partnership practices across the organization and network, building coalitions and on-the-ground partnerships, and help promote and maintain a positive organizational image.
  1. Supporting CECG grant making and convening around the G20 and COP30.
    • Produce strategy briefings and tracking, ecosystems mappings, and presentations to the rest of the CECG team and CECG Board of Directors on a regular basis.
    • Work with the Executive Director, other Program Directors, and Grants and Campaigns Managers to advise grant making opportunities that fit within the overarching COP30 strategy and individual program strategies.
    • Work with the Executive Director and other Programme Directors to develop key CECG-led convenings across governments, NGOs, CSOs, and the philanthropic ecosystem to highlight potential investments, or areas of collaboration.
    • This role will come with an annual budget to be used for grant making and convening in support of delivery of the COP30 strategy.

The following offers an aspirational view of our ideal candidate profile; however, we encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those from underrepresented groups.  


  • 10 years minimum experience in a relevant field (e.g., international politics, policy, environment, development, campaigning/advocacy) with a strong knowledge of climate change politics and policy.
  • Significant experience working effectively on multiple projects simultaneously, setting priorities, organizing time, and identifying resources for projects as needed.
  • Experience working with a remote, international team.


  • Outstanding stakeholder management with a proven professional record in working in the international climate field.
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational and stakeholder settings and the ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Fluency in Portuguese and English.
  • Excellent people and communication skills and strong commitment to servant leadership.
  • Strong self-management skills and resilience in dealing with challenges.
  • Outstanding judgment, resourcefulness, and ability to problem-solve, troubleshoot, and follow projects through to completion.
  • Outcome-oriented with an entrepreneurial approach.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of Brazilian and South American climate politics.


The ideal candidate will have a diverse network across Brazilian climate, development, food/nature communities, as well as connections to other international communities (e.g., finance/SDGs). They should have the ability to work across policy, politics, diplomacy, public engagement, communications and the private sector. Key stakeholders include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Brazilian government officials and members of the COP30 team and G20 Presidency.
  • International philanthropies and regranting organizations (e.g., ICS, CLUA, ECF).
  • Key Brazilian and Latin American Civil Society Organisations and grassroots networks. 
  • International Civil Society Organisations and networks (e.g., CAN Int).  

Terms and conditions

CECG is seeking a fixed-term employee working 40 hours/week for an initial term of roughly 2.5 years (until June 2026), with opportunity for contract renewal following the initial term. We would prefer this role to be based in Brazil with some international travel required; candidates not based in Brazil but with significant and relevant Brazilian and Latin American networks and relationships will also be considered.  

The salary range for this role is $100,000 - $150,000 USD per annum plus benefits (401k matching, generous PTO, health insurance, and more), but varies with experience and skills. We also will consider flexible working requests for the right candidate, those might include: 

  • Grant-funding this role inside another organization on the ground in Brazil.
  • Initial part time working, scaling up over an agreed upon period.
  • Secondments and/or job shares.

Reporting to: Executive Director

Contract type: Initial term for 3 years, with opportunity for contract renewal following the initial term.



To apply for this role, please submit a copy of your CV/resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how you fulfil the requirements set out in the job announcement by clicking on the link below.

If you have any questions about the role or organisation and would like an informal chat ahead of submitting a formal application, please reach out Ruth Gardner at ruth@darylupsall.com  

The deadline for application is 22nd October 2023

Daryl Upsall International actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. In recruiting candidates, we seek candidates with the proven skills required; irrespective of race, gender, religion or belief, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Contact person: Ruth Gardner
Preferred method of response: Web
Apply link: Link to Apply
Closing date: 22/10/2023