Thursday, March 8, 2012

Program Director for Winrock International in AR or VA

Program Director, Agriculture
Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Program Director for its Agriculture unit. The responsibilities, duties and qualifications for this position are described in the attached position description.
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment. Program emphasis includes education and children and youth leadership, gender equity and women's empowerment, civil society strengthening, agricultural productivity, forestry and natural resource management, rural enterprise and employment, and renewable energy. Winrock matches innovative approaches with the unique needs of its partners. 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.
The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Winrock provides excellent benefits including: life, disability, and health (medical and dental) insurance; retirement contribution and accrued paid sick and vacation leave.
Applicants may go to Winrock’s Job Page at to submit a current resume and cover letter. Winrock International is an equal opportunity andaffirmative action employer.

Position Description
POSITION TITLE: Program Director, Agriculture
DEPARTMENT: Enterprise & Agriculture
REPORTS TO: Group Vice President, Enterprise & Agriculture
LOCATION: TBD - Little Rock, AR or Arlington, VA
COORDINATES WITH: Other Winrock Program Directors, Winrock Operations & Finance Directors and Winrock Country Representatives
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The Program Director for the Agriculture unit is responsible for leading Winrock’s development and implementation of its strategic vision for the agriculture and food security sector; including development in the fields of sustainable production, marketing, and agriculture technology in Winrock’s global programs. The position is also responsible for developing and meeting new program funding targets as well as leading the design and submission of project/program proposals to potential donors, in both government and private sectors.
· Develop and direct Winrock’s long-term strategic planning for programs in agriculture and food security.
· Provide leadership in identifying, developing, tracking, and securing new program funding for Winrock’s agriculture and food security programs.
· Assure timely and successful implementation of all Winrock agriculture projects/programs worldwide.
· Manage/supervise all Winrock technical and technical support staff working in agriculture in the U.S. and worldwide.
· Support Country Representatives and other Winrock Program Directors in strategic planning as well as identifying and implementing new business opportunities for country specific programs in agriculture.
· Represent Winrock International in all strategic and program matters related to agriculture.
· Manage relationship activities on behalf of the Agriculture unit both internally at Winrock, externally with partners/collaborators and in the donor community.
This position requires strong management skills in order to effectively supervise all unit staff, oversee technical and research activities, and implement global projects/programs. The position also requires a demonstrated ability to design and write agricultural approaches as well as interventions for proposals. Strong interpersonal, team building, technical, and management skills are essential. The Program Director, Agriculture should be well versed in development issues and be committed to sustainable agriculture with its requirements for stability, resilience, close interaction with community and environmental health. He/she should have a wide network of professional contacts within the U.S. and the international sustainable development community, have considerable overseas experience, and command respect and professional stature among his/her peers.
Education: Masters Degree required, MBA or Ph.D. in related field preferred.
Experience: l Minimum of ten years relevant experience in agriculture and related fields including business
planning, proposal management, project administration and staff management in programs
financed by the USG, multilateral donors, and the UN.
l International experience working and living in a developing country is preferred with specific interest
in Africa and Asia.
l Minimum of 5 years experience with a notable track record of managing innovative proposal teams and securing new business.
l Experience in the private sector is highly valued.
Skills: l Strong business skills, an understanding of human resource management, business planning,
and achieving tangible financial results, are required.
l Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English and at least one other language.
l Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and sensitively with a broad cross-section of internal staff and external donors at the senior as well as grass roots level are essential.
l Sound analytical skills, including ability to understand contemporary development concepts, themes and issues and present them clearly and effectively.
l Cultural awareness and sensitivity.
l Demonstrated strong organizational management and networking skills, including management of multiple tasks and conflict resolution.
l Understanding of the importance of gender in development and the ability to include gender analysis in program development.
l Effective “hands-on” user of Microsoft Office (especially Word and Excel).