Program Associate

Winrock International

Arlington, VA, US

Program Associate – Arlington, VA

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting applicants for the position of Program Associate in the Forestry & Natural Resource Management (FNRM) Unit within Winrock’s Environment Group. The responsibilities, duties and qualifications for this position are described in the attached job description.


Winrock is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social and environmental issues. As a mission driven, field-based organization, we believe that sustainable development is inclusive and that complex challenges require integrated solutions. Winrock embraces continuous quality improvement and a culture of impact, accountability and entrepreneurship.


The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent benefits include life, disability and medical insurance; retirement; and other normal Winrock benefits.


Applicants should go to the Jobs page at to submit their application, cover letter and current resume. This position will remain open until filled. Candidates must not require sponsorship to work in the U.S.

Winrock International is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  EOE/AA


POSITION TITLE:               Program Associate

LOCATION:                         Arlington, VA

DEPARTMENT:                  Environment Group

UNIT:                                    Forestry & Natural Resource Management (FNRM) Unit

REPORTS TO:                     Senior Program Officer, Forestry & Natural Resource Management


The Program Associate will serve as a member of the Forestry and Natural Resource Management Unit and support program implementation and management, as well as new business development focusing on international forestry, biodiversity conservation, and climate change projects. Winrock International’s Forestry & Natural Resource Management Unit’s portfolio is comprised of large, complex, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)- and other donor-funded projects conducting a wide range of activities,  including climate change mitigation and adaptation at the national-, provincial- and community-level, REDD+ avoided deforestation, sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, coastal and watershed management, community-based land use management, market-driven resource-based enterprise development, and payment for environmental services.


Project Implementation and Management

  • Support day-to-day program/project coordination and implementation on FNRM donor-funded projects;

  • Assist in conducting programmatic and budgetary analysis of projects;

  • Monitor expenses, indirect cost recovery, and provide updates on budget status;

  • Liaise with Winrock’s Operations team (HR, Contracts, Procurement, etc.) to provide guidance to field teams;

  • Provide technical inputs, when applicable;

  • Work with field teams to write and edit reports and other deliverables, ensuring quality of deliverables;

  • Assist with tracking and reporting program activities;

  • Oversee project accounting activities relating to expense reimbursements, advances, monthly payments, and wire transfers by working with Winrock’s Finance team and the field offices;

  • Develop consulting agreements and review consultant expense reports;

  • Mobilize and monitor short term consultants;

  • Develop subcontract, purchase orders, and other agreements to support project implementation;

  • Track procurement and ensure procurement and IT units respond promptly to questions and requests for approval from the field;

  • Liaise with field staff, HQ staff/support units, project partners, and donors;

  • Ensure that projects are compliant with donor rules and regulations.

New Business Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Winrock’s Contracts, New Business Support Unit, Recruiting, and other support units to assist in the development and coordination of new business proposals, engagement letters, and capabilities statements;

  • Serve as the proposal coordinator on select FNRM proposals, managing the proposal process, including assisting with technical program design, budget development, staffing, etc.;

  • Schedule and coordinate strategic proposal activities to ensure that deadlines are met;

  • Assist in new business capture and intelligence gathering and support donor and partner relationships;

Other responsibilities will include researching and gathering client/prospect background information and working with proposal team to coordinate and produce quality, targeted, winning proposals.


Education: Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, International Development, Public Administration, or related field. Master’s degree is desirable.

Experience: Three to five years of relevant professional experience in international development, preferably in the environmental sector.


  • Experience working on USAID-funded activities, including project and proposal coordination is highly desirable;

  • Understanding of Forestry and Natural Resource Management activities, such as REDD+, climate change adaptation, payment for environmental services, etc. is highly desirable;

  • Exceptional verbal, writing and editing skills in English is required;

  • Strong analytic, organizational and project management skills;

  • Must be able to multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines;

  • Foreign language skills are highly desirable;

  • Team player – a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and sensitively with a broad cross-section of colleagues on multidisciplinary team;

  • High level of proficiency in MS Office applications, including Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and Word.

  • Experience working in a developing country is desirable; desire to work in and with partners in developing countries is required.

Other: Travel to developing countries is required for this position.