COP, Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Landscapes programs in Central America – Winrock International

Chief of Party (CoP) for upcoming Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Landscapes programs in Central America

Effective with the release of this announcement, Winrock International is recruiting applicants for the position of Chief of Party for various anticipated multi-year USAID-funded climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable landscapes regional and country programs in Central America.  The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description.
Positions are contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
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 “CoP Climate Change Central America” by March 15, 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 (CoP / Team Leader); Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Landscape programs in Central America
Unit: Forestry & Natural Resource Management
Reports To: Director, FNRM Unit
Winrock is seeking dynamic, highly-qualified Chief of Party (CoP) candidates for various anticipated multi-year USAID-funded Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Landscape regional and country programs in Central America. We anticipate that these programs will strengthen the capacity of target countries in Central America 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. These programs will also focus efforts on biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation within the context of a series of interventions targeting key landscapes.
Positions are contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
  • Coordinate with USAID and counterpart government agencies to identify priority issues, and ensure program activities complement national, sub-national, and local priorities.
  • Provide overall technical leadership to achieve the results of the project.   
  • Provide supervision, support, and direction to long- and short-term staff.
  • 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.
  • 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 to coordinate program direction with USAID strategic goals.
  • Participate in regular field visits to the project areas to assure project progress towards activity objectives and goals.
  • Manage relationships with complementary USAID and other donor projects.
  • Coordinate and communicate on a regular basis with Winrock’s Home Office.
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.
  • CoP experience on USAID-funded environmental, conservation, forestry, or livelihoods projects is strongly preferred.
  • Must have previous experience working on development programs within the context of REDD+, global climate change, biodiversity conservation, and/or sustainable landscapes.
  • Experience working to build institutional capacity of government counterparts at the national and/or local level.
  • Technical and managerial experience in Central or South America is strongly preferred. 
  • Technical understanding of REDD+, international carbon markets, climate change adaptation, and/or biodiversity conservation strategies.  
  • Energetic and dynamic approach to building partnerships and promoting innovative program initiatives.
  • Strong managerial skills, including well developed skills in managing complex institutional relations and interactions among a variety of entities.
  • Ability to diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Must be comfortable in high-level representational role as well as actively 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 and Spanish is required.

More information here.