POSITION TITLE: Chief of Party, Malawi REFRESH
LOCATION: Lilongwe, Malawi
UNIT: Forestry and Natural Resource Management
REPORTS TO: Director, FNRM Unit
Winrock is seeking Chief of Party candidates for the upcoming USAID-funded Malawi REFRESH initiative. This initiative is a fisheries restoration intervention to foster ecosystem based and participatory fisheries management in Lake Malawi.
Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
- Provide overall technical leadership and administrative oversight to achieve the results of the program.
- Serve as principal liaison to USAID/Malawi.
- Oversee and be responsible for financial and administrative aspects of the initiative 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 the progress of activities and achievement of program results to USAID.
- 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.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Represent Winrock at meetings and events as required and keep Winrock Home Office informed regarding new opportunities in the country and region.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
Education: Advanced degree required in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Fisheries, Environmental Policy, Earth Sciences, Governance, or relevant fields of study related to the project.
- Minimum 10 years of professional experience in similar position in fields related to results and objectives of the project required for the successful implementation of this project, natural resource management, fisheries, climate change, community development, and governance, as well as an understanding of policy, economics, and market issues in these sectors.
- Proven exceptional leadership as project director or chief of party in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar size and complex international donor support projects with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting.
- Demonstrated technical understanding of fisheries and CBNRM, as well as managerial experience in anglophone Africa 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.
- Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies and procedures as related to project management preferred.
- Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Malawi strongly preferred.
- Ability to diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate projects 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.
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. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.