Chief of Party, Trade, Policy and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Systems Project Philippines

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 26 March 2019

Job Description

TITLE: Chief of Party


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: Proposal


POSITION TITLE: Chief of Party, Trade, Policy and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Systems Project Philippines

LOCATION: Manila, Philippines

UNIT: Agriculture and Enterprise

REPORTS TO: Director, Agriculture & Volunteer Programs


Winrock is seeking Chief of Party candidates for a $10 million USDA-funded Food for Progress activity in the Philippines. USDA and the Government of the Philippines have determined that food safety and animal health management are key constraints to expanding Philippines trade opportunities. The goal of the proposed program is to increase agricultural productivity and processing and expand access to trade through local, regional and international markets. In addition to production and trade, this initiative will focus on improving the policy environment for food safety and sanitary and phytosanitary systems, biotechnology, and cold chain systems development in the Philippines.

Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding. Details of the USDA NOFO are located in the linked document, starting on page 61:


  • Provide overall technical and administrative leadership including financial and procurement management and oversight to achieve the program results in compliance with established Winrock accounting principles and USDA regulations.
  • Lead, and/or contribute to, high-level discussions on technical sanitary and phytosanitary systems, policy, regulatory, and trade with USDA and other USG or donor projects that enable an environment to build the capacity of key stakeholders in government, private sector and others
  • Provide supervision, support, and direction to long- and short-term staff and technical consultants.
  • Monitor program performance through indicators and evaluate program effectiveness and results to make an impact. Adaptively manage program changes and recommendations to improve program implementation.
  • 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 USDA.


  • Education: advanced degree required in agricultural economics, business, trade, or industry-relevant fields of study related to the project.

Work Experience:

  • 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, agricultural market systems, importing and exporting trade, international food safety standards, sanitary and phytosanitary systems improvement, cold chain management, and climate change, as well as an understanding of policy, economics, and trade issues in these sectors.
  • Proven exceptional leadership as project director or chief of party in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of donor-funded projects of similar size and complexity, with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of facilitating expanded trade of agricultural commodities, as well as managerial experience in South East Asia 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 USDA and/or USAID policies and procedures as related to project management preferred.
  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Philippines 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.


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:

Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law
Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law - Supplement
Your Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act
Your Rights Under the Polygraph Protection Act
Your Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Pay Transparency


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.

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