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Program Officer, Andes-Amazon Initiative
Client:       Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (
Reports to: Program Director, Andes-Amazon Initiative
Location:    Palo Alto, CA
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Established in September 2000, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation seeks to advance environmental conservation, scientific research, and patient care. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is among the 10 largest foundations in the U.S. and one of the largest private funders of environmental conservation and science in the world. 

The Foundation is devoted to the inspirational vision articulated by our founders: “creating positive outcomes for future generations.” This vision guides our mission: to achieve significant, lasting, and measurable results in environmental conservation, science, and patient care—globally and in the San Francisco Bay Area. A set of core values—impact, integrity, disciplined approach, and collaboration—directs our work.

The Foundation carries out its work through the following frameworks:

Programs:  The enduring management unit designed to achieve transformational change in a selected field of interest through a portfolio of integrated interventions (initiatives, commitments, grants, and other strategic actions).   

Initiatives.  Initiatives are built around well-developed strategies for concentrated investments, focused on the long-term and achieving significant impact. Initiatives are characterized by a portfolio approach to grantmaking, and other engagements of the Foundation, to pursue ambitious, large-scale outcomes.  

Program grants. The Foundation funds experimentation, focused innovation, and agile response to time-sensitive, high-impact opportunities in its areas of focus.   

 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

  • Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA
  • Over $5 billion in assets
  • Annual Foundation budget of ~$250 million
  • ~80 employees
  • Three program areas
    • Environmental Conservation
    • Science
    • Patient Care
  • A San Francisco Bay Area Portfolio that focuses on these same issues locally

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 Andes-Amazon Initiative

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 role of a healthy Amazonian forest is particularly significant for global climate change mitigation as well as regional hydrological function that support human livelihoods.  During the last decade, the Foundation has invested over $200 million in a protected area approach to conserving forest cover and in associated supporting strategies. This approach has achieved the creation and improved management of approximately 150 million hectares, or around 29% of the original forest cover of the Amazon. We recognize that this approach is necessary but not sufficient to secure additional forest cover in the Amazon, and for this reason we are also working on addressing the drivers of deforestation to reduce external threats and to explore options for sustainable development across the Amazon basin. 

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.

For more information, about the Initiative, please see:

The Position

The Program Officer will:

  • Lead strategy development and grant-making on policy and financial mechanisms to address drivers of deforestation in the Amazon, including agricultural commodities.   The goal is to support partners in Andes-Amazon countries to develop frameworks for economic and social investments that incorporate the value of standing forests and adopt proper environmental safeguards. This will require work with the private and public sectors, including corporations, communities and governments at different scales.
  • Collaborate with other program officers on strategies and grants supporting integrated land use planning in the Amazon.
  • Support strategic planning for the Foundation’s potential future investments focused on reducing the impact of agricultural commodities across natural habitats in South America through research, data analysis and synthesis, and working with external experts.

Key Responsibilities

The Program Officer will: 

  • Contribute to development of the Initiative’s overall strategic framework 
  • Identify, develop, source and manage a portfolio of grants that advance specific Initiative strategies 
  • Carry out activities beyond grantmaking to help drive change in the Initiative’s problem space (e.g., convening, facilitating, networking) 
  • Develop effective monitoring and evaluation plans, and oversee ongoing adaptive management of grants, activities, and strategies 
  • Manage external relationships with grantees and other key partners in support of Initiative goals 
  • Coordinate with internal staff to complete grant-making and monitoring processes 
  • Participate in periodic presentations on Initiative strategy and progress to the Board, senior management, and other Foundation staff     
  • Maintain solid knowledge of the field and key emerging trends 
  • Be an effective contributor on a variety of Program- and Foundation-wide issues beyond the Initiative as required 

Experience and Education

 The candidate will have:  

  • A Master’s or Doctorate degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field --natural resource economics, agricultural economics, international policy or related social sciences.
  • 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.  
  • 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. 
  • Ability and interest in traveling to local and out-of-town grantee meetings, site visits, and national/international conferences.       
Compensation and Benefits  
Compensation includes a competitive base salary and an excellent package of health, retirement savings and other benefits.
 Application Process: 
 Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by email to:
 Please include AAI Program Officer in the subject line.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  All correspondence will remain confidential.
For Additional Information Contact: 
Helena Brykarz, Contract Recruiter
Global Recruitment Specialists
PO Box 7382
Berkeley, CA 94707
Tel:  510-527-3316