Chief of Party / Support to Ethnic Tibetans (SET)

Chengdu, China
Apply by 11 September 2018
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 13 June 2018

Job Description

POSITION TITLE: Chief of Party / Support to Ethnic Tibetans (SET)

ORGANIZATION: Winrock International

UNIT: Forestry and Natural Resource Management


LOCATION: Chengdu, China


The SET program goal to promote environmental management in Tibetan communities in Sichuan, Yunnan, Qinghai, and Gansu Provinces. Winrock will achieve these results and outcomes to measure achievement of the two project objectives: 1) conservation based on the application of the latest scientific knowledge; and 2) local involvement, capacity building, accumulation of scientific knowledge, and institutional learning and change. This position is based in Chengdu, China, with frequent travel to other Tibetan areas in Sichuan, Gansu, Yunnan, and Qinghai Provinces.


The Chief of Party (COP) will oversee project management and provide technical expertise in project planning and implementation in a results-oriented fashion. The COP will work at the regional, government, and community levels, coordinating broad-based policy dialogue and capacity building, as well as targeted community-level interventions. He/she will demonstrate knowledge of USAID processes and regulations.


  • Oversee project management and achievement of technical outcomes.
  • Serve as principal liaison with Government of China officials at national and local levels and with USAID and other donors.
  • Provide overall managerial and technical leadership to achieve an integrated vision among components and actors to achieve project results in a manner consistent with distinctively Tibetan cultural priorities.
  • Forge strategic partnerships to increase project impact, scope and scale.
  • Provide overall management of financial and administrative aspects of the project.
  • 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.
  • Manage subcontracts with local service providers and ensure all deliverables are met.
  • 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 Tibetan women, youth, and marginalized groups are beneficiaries of the project.
  • Coordinate the preparation of annual work plans and other reporting deliverables and monitor implementation of the plans.
  • Coordinate the preparation and submission to USAID of annual technical reports and quarterly reports on progress of activities and achievement of program results.
  • Establish contacts with partners and stakeholders to ensure coordinated implementation of project activities and represent the Winrock team at key meetings.
  • Interact directly and on a regular basis with USAID counterparts and other stakeholders. Participate in regular field visits within Sichuan Province and other Tibetan areas to ensure project progress towards activity objectives and goals.
  • Coordinate and communicate on a regular basis with Winrock’s Home Office.


Must be a Chinese national

Education: Degree in natural resource management, environmental conservation, forest management, anthropology, sociology, development studies or related area. Advanced Degree preferred.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum ten years of experience required, preferably in environment conservation, forestry or climate change;
  • Experience cooperating with local planning authorities and in capacity building of local associations, CSOs, community partnerships and networks;
  • Experience managing staff and partners;
  • Experience working in China, preferably Tibetan areas;
  • Experience working on USAID or other international donor development projects is highly desirable;
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work within and understand intricate government structures.


  • Technical expertise in natural resource management and environmental protection.
  • Excellent management, communication, and organization skills are essential. Basic computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases) are required.
  • Fluency in English, as well as Mandarin required. Listening ability in at least one Tibetan dialect highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to conduct professional relationships.
  • Ability to proactively build government relationships in a contested environment;
  • High standards of integrity, professionalism, and impartiality;
  • Able to work independently and effectively in a team environment;
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized, with a proactive approach;
  • Ability to multi-task and work to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to lead and balance a multi-cultural team;
  • Willingness to travel frequently to remote areas.


Qualified candidates may send their CV and cover letter to

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.

Similar Jobs