Chief of Party for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Programs in Southeast Asia – Winrock International

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Chief of Party with the Forestry & Natural Resource Management (FNRM) Unit. The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.  There may be multiple activities funded by multiple donors within this position description.

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.
Applicants should go to the “Jobs” link at and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing “SE Asia Climate Change COP” by March 16, 2012.
Winrock would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.

POSITION TITLE:           Chief of Party, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption
LOCATION:                      TBD, Southeast Asia
UNIT:                                 Forestry & Natural Resource Management
REPORTS TO:                 Director, FNRM Unit
Winrock is seeking Chief of Party candidates for upcoming USAID-funded programs related to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Southeast Asia.  The anticipated programs will be designed to strengthen the capacity of target countries in Southeast Asia to achieve meaningful and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the forestry-land use sector, and allow these countries to benefit from the emerging international REDD+ framework. Programs are expected to work at the regional, government and community levels, and will involve broad-based policy dialogue and capacity building, as well as targeted community-level interventions.  Linkages may also be made to address the impacts of climate change on livelihoods, water flows, natural resources, biodiversity and food security, and to increase the resilience of communities vulnerable to changing ecosystems, agricultural production, and natural resource-based livelihoods.
Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
  • Provide overall technical leadership to achieve the results of the project.   
  • Oversee and be responsible for financial and administrative aspects of the project including managing the budget.
  • Provide supervision, support, and direction to long- and short-term staff.
  • Administer the project’s financial oversight and procedures, ensuring compliance with established Winrock accounting principles and USAID regulations.
  • Manage subcontracts with local service providers, ensure all deliverables are provided.
  • Monitor program indicators, evaluate program results and make recommendations for improvement in program implementation.
  • Analyze project impact and challenges to adaptively manage the project to meet or exceed results.
  • Ensure women and marginalized groups are beneficiaries of the project.
  • Prepare annual work plans and progress reports, and monitor the implementation of these plans. Prepare and submit quarterly reports on progress of activities and achievement of program results to USAID.
  • Establish contacts with partners and clients to ensure coordinated implementation of project activities and represent the Winrock Team at key meetings.
  • Interact directly and on a regular basis with USAID and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in regular field visits to the project areas to assure project progress towards activity objectives and goals.
  • Coordinate and communicate on a regular basis with Winrock’s Home Office.
  • Manage relationships with complementary USAID and donor projects.
Represent Winrock at meetings and events as required and keep HQ informed regarding new opportunities in the country and region.
Education:         Master’s degree required in natural resource management, forestry, natural science, resource economics, biodiversity conservation, or other relevant international development field. PhD in relevant discipline would be a distinct asset.
Work Experience:          
  • Minimum 10 years experience managing complex international development programs required.
  • Technical and/or COP experience on USAID-funded conservation, environmental, livelihoods, or forestry projects is strongly preferred.
  • Must have previous experience working on development programs within the context of REDD+, global climate change and sustainable landscapes, and/or have been a part of efforts to develop adaptation strategies.
  • Experience working to build institutional capacity of government counterparts at the national and/or local level.
  • Experience must demonstrate the ability to effectively manage a large team in environmental/community development context.
  • Technical and managerial experience in Southeast Asia is required. 
  • Technical understanding of REDD+ and international carbon markets.
  • Energetic and dynamic approach to building partnerships and promoting innovative program initiatives.
  • Ability to diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Ability to build coalitions and networks that can provide synergies and sustainable solutions for REDD+ and improved forest management issues.
  • Must be comfortable in high-level representational role as well as interacting with beneficiaries.
  • Excellent management, communication, and organization skills are required.
  • Excellent computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases) are required.
Other:                    Fluency in English is required. Expertise in local language is a plus.
More information here.