Thursday, July 22, 2010

Program Officer Position Open with Winrock

From DevEx:
Organization(s): Winrock International
Country/Region: United States
Contract Length: Full-time staff position
Apply by: 30 July 2010

Program Officer I – Arlington, VA

Effective with the release of this position announcement Winrock International will be recruiting applications for position of Program Officer I to work one year within the Empowerment and Civic Engagement Group, with special focus on anti-trafficking and children and youth development primarily in East Central Europe and Asia. The responsibilities, duties and qualifications for this position are described in the attached position description. Depending on available funding and staffing needs, the position could extend beyond one year.

GENERAL: Winrock International is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to put ideas to work-empowering the disadvantaged, increasing economic opportunity and sustaining natural resources. Program emphasis includes agricultural productivity, forestry and natural resource management, rural enterprise and employment, renewable energy, gender equity and women’s empowerment, education and children and youth leadership, and civil society strengthening. Over 100 projects are underway in forty developing countries and the United States.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include health, life and disability insurance, retirement and other Winrock benefits.

APPLICATIONS: Applicants should go to and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing PO1-ECE by July 30, 2010. Winrock would like to thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are “short listed” will be contacted.

Winrock International is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Position Summary: This one year position will provide technical advice and programmatic and financial backstopping for Winrock’s anti-trafficking and children and youth development projects, primarily in East Central Europe and Asia. The projects are generally integrated development efforts among vulnerable populations, especially women, children and youth, and include employment, education, life skills training, advocacy and awareness and policy formulation. The position will include coordinating and monitoring project activities on a daily basis, processing financial and technical reports, communicating with field staff, and liaising with donors. The position also includes pursuing new opportunities for funding and partnership in the areas of prevention of trafficking in persons and youth and women’s empowerment.

Qualifications: The candidate must have a minimum of five years of professional experience with the management of programs in gender, employment and other related activities and/or working experience in former Soviet Union or Asia. Preferred candidates will have knowledge of youth and gender development, entrepreneurship, employment and leadership, especially in rural environments. Development and management of programs in developing countries in areas such as trafficking in persons, enterprise and livelihoods, improving educational quality and access, and monitoring and evaluation of trafficking prevention and education alternatives are desirable.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Serves as project and operations manager, providing full programmatic and administrative backstopping for trafficking in persons programs and rural youth education and employment programs.
  • Works with the field office to develop project strategies, work plans, and budgets.
  • Manages information dissemination and electronic communications among the relevant field offices.
  • Supervises staff as assigned.
  • Interacts with donors, preparing and submitting quarterly and annual reports, and responding to their requests.
  • Tracks and monitors programs as assigned to ensure they are fulfilling deliverable and performance requirements.
  • Reviews, approves wire requests and approves field financial reports, liaising with Operations at Winrock headquarters based in Arkansas.
  • Conducts significant new business for ECE and contributes to or leads proposals primarily related to trafficking in persons, youth leadership and education, workforce development, integrated development programs.

Other Responsibilities:

Makes presentations at seminars; hosts, manages and/or facilitates workshops; writes reports; provides technical expertise outside WI at conferences, seminars and other venues; participates in ECE activities as necessary.

Qualifications and Background

Education: Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations, Education or related field preferred.

Experience: Knowledge of trafficking in persons, youth employment and enterprise development, and life skills development in East Central Europe or Asia are preferred. Five years relevant experience including hands-on experience with international development issues related to women, children and youth development and implementation of programs and projects in developing and emerging countries. Experience with US government programs and regulations and at least two years living experience in a developing country a plus.

Skills: Strong, tactful and patient communicator, excellent written and verbal skills. Fluency in English and one other language is preferred. Excellent analytical skills, including ability to understand concepts and issues and present them clearly; demonstrated strong organizational skills, including management of multiple tasks; effective “hands-on” user of Microsoft Office; familiar with; committed to the Mission and values of Winrock International.

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