Chief of Party

Winrock International



Winrock is recruiting Chiefs of Party on current and anticipated multi-year, complex U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) climate and environment programs in South Asia (e.g., Bangladesh, India, Nepal). Winrock is seeking experienced and dynamic leaders with expertise in climate policy (adaptation and mitigation), climate finance, forestry, natural resource management, and biodiversity conservation, as well as senior management experience on international donor projects, preferably with USAID.

Chiefs of Party (COP) play a pivotal role in leading and managing complex projects, serving as the key interlocutor between the donor, government, and partners and providing overall technical and managerial oversight. The COP oversees all aspects of project implementation, coordination, and stakeholder engagement to achieve the project's objectives.


  • Provide overall strategic vision, managerial and technical leadership, and administrative oversight to achieve outcomes of the program.
  • Lead and apply collective action and participatory adaptive management approaches to ensure relevant, efficient, and effective program interventions.
  • Oversee all project activities, budgets, and timelines to ensure efficient and effective project execution.
  • Oversee and be responsible for financial and administrative aspects of the project including budget and subaward management, ensuring compliance with established Winrock accounting principles and USAID regulations.
  • Direct the programs core team of staff, including performance and risk management, coordination, collaborative learning and adaptation processes, gender integration and social inclusion, monitoring and evaluation, work planning and reporting.
  • Utilize a deep understanding of climate change, environmental policy, and sustainability to guide project activities and decision-making.
  • Analyze project impact and challenges to adaptively manage the project to meet or exceed results.
  • Prepare annual work plans and progress reports and monitor the implementation of these plans.
  • Prepare and submit quarterly reports on the progress of activities and achievement of program results to USAID.
  • Interact directly and on a regular basis with USAID and other stakeholders.
  • Regularly meet with NGO partners and other key stakeholders to ensure progress towards activity objectives and goals.

Coordinate and communicate on a regular basis with Winrock’s Home Office.

  • Serve as principal liaison with USAID.
  • Manage relationships with complementary USAID and other donor projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is required.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years relevant working experience in managing and implementing complex international development projects, with a focus on climate change, environmental resilience, or related areas.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in areas related to multi-stakeholder facilitation and/or collective impact approaches; half of which should be international.
  • Demonstrated experience in climate policy.
  • Experience mobilizing finance from the public and/or private sectors, preferably for investments in areas related to climate change and/or disaster risk management.
  • Familiarity with innovative insurance and financing mechanisms to support resilience.
  • Political savvy, excellent organizational and management skills, proven leadership abilities within a multi-partner initiative, demonstrated adaptive management capacity abilities.
  • Knowledge of the legal and institutional context and frameworks for climate change, environmental policy, and sustainability issues in South Asia.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in strategic thinking, policy analysis with ability to effectively and collaboratively dialogue with a diverse group of stakeholders, including government bodies.
  • Strong expertise in Collaborating, Learning and Adaptation (CLA).
  • Experience in subaward/grants management, capacity development of local organizations and government entities and a commitment to pollution reduction.
  • Demonstrated experience in gender and social inclusion.


  • Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures as related to project management required.
  • Strong collaborative leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, including proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
  • Demonstrated ability to build coalitions and networks that will provide synergies and sustainable solutions for the program.
  • Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relations and coalition building among host country government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor agencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, oral presentation, and communications skills in English.
  • Ability to manage a high-volume workflow.

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