El Salvador: Chief of Party for Central America Regional Biodiversity Project

Organization: Winrock International
Country: El Salvador
Closing date: 31 Jan 2017

UNIT: Forestry & Natural Resource Management (FNRM)

REPORTS TO: Director, FNRM Unit


Winrock is seeking Chief of Party candidates for an anticipated program in Central America on the Regional Biodiversity Project. This position will be based in El Salvador. The anticipated project(s) will address threats to and conserve biodiversity in targeted coastal-­-marine areas and associated

upland ecosystems throughout Central America and Mexico, to decrease degradation of forest and mangrove landscapes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience to climate change, and to enhance climate-­-smart economic opportunities and sustainable use of natural resources.


  • Provide overall technical leadership and administrative oversight in order to achieve the results of the program.
  • Serve as principal liaison to USAID/Central America.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



  • Master’s degree required in Earth Sciences, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Resource Economics, Public/Business Administration, Governance, or relevant fields of study related to the project. PhD in relevant discipline would be a distinct asset.


  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in fields required for the successful implementation of this program, natural resource management, climate change, agriculture, community development, and governance, as well as an understanding of policy, economics, and market issues in these sectors
  • Technical and managerial experience in Central America is highly desirable.


  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse public and private partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams
  • Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar size and complex international donor support programs with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting.
  • Technical understanding of regional biodiversity issues.
  • Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures as related to project management preferred.
  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Central America strongly preferred.
  • 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.
  • Must be comfortable in high-level representational role as well as interacting with beneficiaries.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written to effectively coordinate stakeholders.
  • Fluency in written and oral English is required.

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