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Program Associate I  

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: Program Associate I

LOCATION: Arlington, VA, or Little Rock, AR

DEPARTMENT: Agriculture & Volunteer Programs

REPORTS TO: Program Officer

STATUS: Full-Time, non - exempt


The Program Associate will support program development and implementation of international agriculture programs and initiatives. Programmatic and administrative duties will help ensure quality work addressing sustainable agriculture development.


  • Provide administrative activities in support of project design and implementation including fielding consultants, supporting proposals, editing reports, conducting research and analysis, and ensuring programs comply with and follow Winrock and donor policies
  • Assist Program Officers with project backstopping and coordination of technical contributions of Winrock staff and consultants. This will include fielding consultants (write terms of reference, develop contracts, arrange airfare, and manage expense reports); reviewing, editing, and formatting reports; procuring supplies/equipment; supporting field staff as needed; managing project files; writing and editing success stories and handouts.
  • Conduct research on a range of technical topics including agriculture and food security, nutrition, and gender to inform proposal development and general communications/marketing of project successes.
  • Engage in proposal development and coordination. This will include conducting research, and drafting proposal pieces including tables, institutional capabilities statements, CVs, and key sections such as management and staffing plans. The work will also include editing and facilitating communication with prospective short- and long-term technical assistance candidates and partners.
  • Stay abreast of international agriculture activities, programs and funding opportunities.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.


Education: Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred.


  • This is an entry level position for candidates with 1-2 years of experience, and preferably some international field experience, who are interested in a career in international development.
  • International experience (Peace Corps, study abroad, etc.) with understanding cross cultural issues preferred.
  • Demonstrated writing abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with public and private funding organizations.
  • Demonstrated international experience strongly desired.

Other Skills/Knowledge:

  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 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.
  • Knowledge of international development arena (USG donor regulations a major plus).


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

  • 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.

Winrock International recommends that you read the following notices provided by the United States Government before applying:

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Your Rights Under the Polygraph Protection Act
Your Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
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