Location: Winrock International - Arlington, VA
Category: U.S. Based
The Program Officer is responsible for the support, direction and management of implementation related agreements and partner management for Winrock's Agriculture and Volunteer Programs unit for US government and non-traditional donor projects in the agriculture sector. Responsibilities include working with HQ and field teams to ensure the delivery of projects on time and on budget, with a focus on technical excellence. The Program Officer will spend approximately 30 percent time developing new business including writing, leading, or managing proposals. Program Officers participate in the strategic development of the Agriculture and Volunteer Programs unit strategy and direction, including thought leadership, developing management tools, and disseminating lessons learned and best practices in project management to the group.
Project Management: manage large International projects provide management, and administrative oversight and leadership.
Collaborate with other Winrock staff program coordinators
Ensure staff and consultants follow Winrock and donor policies and have good understanding of relevant donor regulations
Manage partner relationships
Prepare and oversee work plans, reports and budgets
Provide direct management of start-up and close-out activities
Contribute to technical aspects of projects as needed
Develop project concepts and analyze project successes to build on lessons learned
Provide guidance/mentoring to staff
Travel to the field to assist project teams with technical and operational management and implementation
Lead major proposals and program development of multidisciplinary teams including providing leadership on technical and cost proposals in collaboration with the unit Director, Associate Directors, and the new business development team.
Participate and contribute to institutional strategic planning exercises, build and manage interdisciplinary teams.
Maintain close communication and liaise with host country organizations, field personnel, and sub-grantees to ascertain compliance with USAID/USDA regulations and ensure compliance and timely completion of program activities and reporting requirements.
Represent Winrock at appropriate national and international conferences.
Liaise with other Winrock personnel for new business development and coordination of jointly implemented activities.
Communicate to internal and external audiences.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
Bachelor's degree in related field required. Advanced degree preferred.
At least 8 years of progressive, cross-sectoral project and program development experience, including at least 3 years of management experience. For Senior Program Officer, at least 10 years or progressive experience and 6 years of management experience.
Demonstrated writing experience.
Demonstrated ability to work with public and private funding organizations.
Proven experience managing international projects.
Demonstrated international experience strongly desired.
Demonstrated skills in project planning and budgeting.
Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks.
Team player and excellent interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated leadership and cross-cultural skills.
Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills required.
Excellent organizational skills essential, including ability to coordinate a variety of tasks, meet deadlines, work effectively under pressure, and work as team player.
Demonstrated strong analytical capability and problem-solving abilities required.
English professional-level oral and written fluency required; fluency in one other major language preferred.
Experience in South Asia a plus.
Must be willing and able to travel without dependents to remote locations both domestically and internationally for up to four weeks.
Must not require sponsorship to work in the US.
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