Program Officer

Arlington, VA, US

Program Officer, FNRM – Arlington, VA

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


General: Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development 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.


Salary and Benefits: Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Applications: Applicants may go to Winrock’s Job Page at to submit a current CV and cover letter. The position announcement will remain open until the position has been filled. Winrock International is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


Position Title:  Program Officer, FNRM

Location:  Arlington, VA

Department:  Forestry & Natural Resource Management Unit

Reports to:  Director, Forestry & Natural Resource Management

Position Summary:

The Program Officer will serve as a member of the Forestry and Natural Resource Management Unit team and will 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.

Essential Responsibilities:

Project Implementation and Management:

  • Manage program/project implementation on donor-funded projects, ensuring ongoing programmatic excellence;
  • Conduct ongoing programmatic and budgetary analysis of projects;
  • Liaise with Winrock’s Operations and Program teams (Technical Units, HR, Contracts, Procurement, etc.) to provide guidance to field teams and support project implementation;
  • Work with field teams to write and edit reports and other deliverables, ensuring quality of deliverables;
  • Identify, mobilize and monitor short term consultants.

 Donor Relations and New Business Development :

  • Assist with the identification, tracking, and development of new business opportunities within Forestry & Natural Resource Management Unit’s portfolio;
  • Conduct new business capture and intelligence gathering;
  • Work closely with the Forestry & Natural Resource Management team and other technical and operational units to develop and prepare new business proposals;
  • Support Winrock Forestry and Natural Resource Management unit proposals, including assisting with staffing, budget development, writing, editing, and other proposal requirements to produce high quality, targeted, winning proposals;

Qualifications and Background:


  • Master’s degree in International Development, Public Administration, or related field preferred.


  • At least seven years’ experience in international development in progressively more responsible roles;          
  • International project management experience including all aspects of implementation; e.g. procurement, budget, staff management, and strategic planning, is required;
  • Must have experience with international donor agencies, preferably USAID;
  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate effectively with a range of partners.


  • Strong project management skills coordinating complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth;
  • Strong project monitoring and evaluation skills and experience required;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people. Demonstrated management and teamwork skills;
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is mandatory.  Fluency in one or more additional languages, especially Spanish or French, is preferred.