Program Associate (Climate Resilience & Water Specialist)

Arlington, VA, United States 🇺🇸

Position Summary:

Winrock International (Winrock) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Resilience Development and Water Specialist. The successful candidate will join Winrock’s Clean Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) group as a Project Associate or Senior Project Associate (depending on experience) and will work on a range of resilience and climate change adaptation, water, and international development topics. As a team member of CEEW, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with staff on the U.S. Department of State-funded Private Investment for Enhanced Resilience (PIER) project and the USAID-funded Sustainable Water Partnerships (SWP) project, with time split between the two. The incumbent will also contribute to business development, project management, strategic planning, and the provision of technical assistance related to resilience within Winrock.

Candidates should be available to make 4 to 5 international trips per year and can expect to spend 1 to 2 months of time overseas per year.


Technical resilience work (PIER project):

  • Technical analysis of private sector-related climate impacts and potential options – such as investments and partnerships – to address climate vulnerability, including preparation of background studies, case studies, lessons learned, and background papers
  • Design and writing related to resilience investment and adaptation guidance, policy briefs, and adaptation tools
  • Contributions to the design and implementation of training in resilience investment and climate adaptation topics for public and private sector entities, implementing partners, and practitioners in developing countries
  • Preparation and presentation of resilience investment and adaptation guidance, policy, and research papers at conferences and workshops
  • Engagement in PIER strategic planning, preparation of annual work plans, and quarterly and annual technical reports.

Technical water work (SWP project):

  • Research and technical analysis of the water security situation in specific geographies, projects, or contexts
  • Written contributions to water security improvement activity design, technical documents, concept briefs, training agendas and modules
  • Engagement in water security planning and technical activities, preparation of technical and administrative deliverables

Project Management Support

  • Assist with tracking and reporting project activities and deliverables, and work with project team members to ensure that the financial and other reports to the donors are reviewed and submitted on time.

  • Oversee and track project accounting activities related to expense reimbursements, advances, monthly payments, staff costs, indirect cost recovery, programmatic and budgetary analysis of projects and wire transfers by working with Winrock’s Finance team and the field offices.

    New Business Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Winrock’s Contracts, New Business Support, HR, and other administrative support units to help prepare new business proposals, engagement letters, and capabilities statements.

  • Assist in new business capture and intelligence gathering, and support donor and partner relationship.

    Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Background:

  • Master’s degree in relevant field, e.g. international development, environmental economics, climatology, atmospheric science, climate adaptation, and other social sciences, environmental sciences and engineering, or geography

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience for project associate; 5 or more years of experience for senior project associate

  • Working knowledge of principles of climate change resilience and water

  • Experience with US Government funded programs preferred.

Experience, Skills, and Knowledge:

  • Developing country experience is highly preferred

  • Demonstrated strong writing and speaking skills

  • High degree of proficiency using Microsoft Office and Outlook

  • Strong analytic, organizational and project management skills

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

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

  • Experience working on US government funded activities, including project and proposal coordination is highly desirable

  • Willingness and ability to make up to five trips overseas per year, totaling as much as two months

    The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.


  • Candidates must be fluent in English. Additional desirable languages are Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Indonesian.