Deputy Chief of Party (Central Asia Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment Activity)

Winrock International

Almaty, , KZ

Winrock is seeking a qualified Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID-funded project that aims to strengthen regional cooperation on shared water resources and address current and emerging environmental challenges to promote stability, economic prosperity and healthy ecosystems in Central Asia. The DCOP will manage operations and support technical implementation, reporting to the Chief of Party. This position is contingent on receipt of donor funding.


  • Focus on achieving results in all areas on schedule and maintain positive relationships with USAID, target country officials, partners, and implementing partners.
  • Monitor project indicators to evaluate program results and make recommendations for improvement in program implementation.
  • Analyze project impact and challenges to adaptively manage the project to meet or exceed results.
  • Participate in regular field visits to the project areas to assure project progress towards activity objectives and goals.
  • Interact directly and on a regular basis with USAID and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure women and marginalized groups are beneficiaries of the project.
  • Work closely with Winrock’s project management staff in the US to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation.
  • Oversee and be responsible for financial and administrative aspects of the initiative including managing the budget.
  • Administer the project’s financial oversight and procedures, ensuring compliance with established Winrock accounting principles and USAID regulations.
  • Provide supervision, support, and direction to long- and short-term staff.
  • 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 USAID.



  • Master’s Degree (or foreign equivalent) in international development, public/business administration, international relations, other social sciences, natural resource management, or a similar relevant field (a bachelor’s degree and at least 15 years’ experience may be substituted).
  • PhD in a relevant discipline would be a distinct asset.

Work Experience:

  • At least 10 years of experience in donor-funded project management experience in Central Asia in technical and/or operational issues related to a mix of sustainable water management, natural resources management, and governance and capacity building required.
  • Experience managing complex contracts for USAID is preferred.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in project management, either as COP, DCOP, or in comparable senior management role.
  • Demonstrated competence in negotiation and communication.
  • Proven expertise in delivering technical presentations preferred.


  • Demonstrated technical understanding of water resource management required.
  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Central Asia.
  • Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures as related to project management required.
  • Ability to diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Ability to build coalitions and networks that can provide synergies and sustainable solutions for the project.
  • Must be comfortable in high-level representational role and in interacting with government stakeholders.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the initiative and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of regional stakeholders.
  • Fluency in written and oral English and Russian is required.

*Please note that all CVs must be submitted in English.





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