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Sr. Program Officer  

About the Organization 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.
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Category U.S. Based  


POSITION TITLE: Senior Program Officer

LOCATION: Little Rock, AR or Arlington, VA

UNIT: Agriculture & Volunteer Programs

REPORTS TO: Director, Agriculture and Volunteer Programs


Responsible for the management of new business and HQ support for technical, financial and operational aspects of complex projects. Leads proposal development and strategic capture opportunities. Ensures M&E management on assigned projects. Identifies strategic opportunities to position WI for upcoming NBD opportunities, presentations on unique technical methodologies, and compliance on USG awards.


  • Lead new and innovative initiatives to position WI for new areas and topics of development.

  • Manage large multidisciplinary projects - provide financial, technical and innovative oversight and leadership for complex projects.

  • Develop management approaches and analysis in conjunction with the Director and Senior Director and mentors staff on project management.

  • Supervise program associates, administrative staff and partner relationships.

  • Prepare and contribute to internal/external reports and presentations.

  • Serve as speaker and representative of Winrock International at conferences, as appropriate.

  • Lead and contribute to proposal teams, develop concept papers and contribute to new initiatives and program analysis.

  • Ensure staff and consultants follow WI operational policy on projects.

  • Participate and contribute to institutional strategic planning exercises and group level strategy, including supporting goals and objectives of the A&E work plan.

  • Manage all aspects of projects within the assigned portfolio as required including workplans, budgets, personnel coordination, recruiting, and mobilization.

  • Oversee the preparation and distribution of technical and financial reports to USAID and other interested parties and provide programmatic and budgetary analysis and reporting.

  • Manage assigned staff, including Chief(s) of Party.

  • Contribute to the technical projects as needed.

  • Analyze project successes to build on lessons learned.

  • Maintain close communication and liaison with donors to manage projects and develop new business development.


  • Liaise with other Winrock personnel for new business development and coordination of jointly implemented activities.

  • Communicate to internal and external audiences effectively across different technical areas, convening teams appropriately.

  • Perform related tasks as assigned.



  • MA or MS in international development related field required


  • At least 10 years of progressive, cross-sectoral project and program development experience, including 5 years of management experience. Field based experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated writing experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with public and private funding organizations.

  • Proven experience managing large international projects.

  • Demonstrated international experience strongly desired.


  • Demonstrated skills in project planning and budgeting.

  • Demonstrated communication skills (written and oral) for interaction with donors, proposal preparation, and public relations.

  • Proficiency in management tasks

  • Excellent organizational skills essential, including ability to coordinate a variety of tasks, meet deadlines, work effectively under pressure, and work as team player.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks.

  • Team player and excellent interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated leadership and cross cultural skills

  • Demonstrated strong analytical capability and problem solving abilities required.

  • English professional-level oral and written fluency required; fluency in one other major language preferred.


  • Must be willing and able to travel without dependents to remote locations both domestically and internationally on short trips (up to 2 weeks).

  • Must not require sponsorship to work in the US.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, caste, tribe, age (40 or older), disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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