Chief of Party, Climate Adaptation Activity, Dominican Republic

Winrock International

Dominican Republic 🇩🇴

Chief of Party (COP) 

Position Summary: 

The Chief of Party will be the in-country manager for an anticipated 5-year Climate Adaptation Activity to improve climate change resilience, water security, and sustainable livelihoods in the Dominican Republic. The COP will have primary responsibility for providing overall project leadership, management, and technical direction to achieve the Activity’s goal under the general guidance of Winrock’s policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs). The Chief of Party will be based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 

The Climate Adaptation Activity in Dominican Republic is an anticipated $10-25M USAID-funded project that seeks to build climate change resilience by promoting water security and sustainable livelihoods through reduced pressures on key water sources, enhanced watershed governance, and strengthened adaptation practices of vulnerable communities. 

The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding. 

Essential Responsibilities

The Chief of Party is responsible for the overall implementation of the activity. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  • Develop and implement project’s strategy to improve water security and livelihoods in key basins/watersheds in the Dominican Republic, including developing plans to improve water resources monitoring and management at the transboundary, national, regional and municipal levels; strengthen adaption practices of vulnerable communities; and provide leadership on assessment of financing mechanisms in coordination with the private sector. 
  • Maintain productive relationships with key government, private sector, and civil society entities, including transboundary organizations on watershed management and governance to increase capacity, dialogue, and resources mobilization. 
  • Manage a team and directly responsible for overseeing all technical activities; monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL); financial and budget management; partnerships; and procurement.   
  • Ensure program activities and process are aligned with the approved work plan, adhere to the MEL plan, and are carried out in compliance with the policy manual and ethical business practices with appropriate internal controls to ensure regulatory compliance. 
  • Apply adaptive management and learning approaches to iteratively evaluate program results and impact. Institute adjustments to replicate and scale successful activities and course correct activities that are not yielding desired results. 
  • Ensure sound financial management of the project, overseeing in-country expenditures and working with the Winrock Home Office team on budget control and financial planning. 
  • Ensure gender, equity, and social inclusion are mainstreamed in management of the activity and implementation of climate adaptation, water security, and sustainable livelihoods interventions. 
  • Represent the activity in meetings with USAID, development partners, regional and local institutional counterparts, host country government representatives, and local stakeholders. 
  • Manage relationships with complementary USAID and donor-funded projects. 


  • Advanced degree in water resources , natural resource management, land use planning, hydrology, ecology, biodiversity, or a related field. 


  • Minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience managing USAID and/or other donor programs in the Caribbean. 
  • Must have experience as a project director/COP on climate adaptation and/or water resource management related programs in the Caribbean. 
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience engaging host-county governments and counterparts, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donor agencies, and other stakeholders in the Caribbean. 
  • Experience related to performing fieldwork in rural areas. 
  • Ability to demonstrate the highest level of ethical standards at all times. 
  • Working knowledge of basic computer programs, including MS Office Suite. 
  • Fluency in Spanish and English (verbal and written) required. 
  • Ability to travel up to 50% to field sites, as necessary across the Dominican Republic. 

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