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Chief of Party - Safe Aqua Farming for Economic and Trade Improvement (SAFETI), Bangladesh
Winrock International
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Position Title:              Chief of Party (COP)


Position Location:       Dhaka, Bangladesh


Reports To:                   Director – Agriculture, Resilience and Water


Position Summary:

Winrock is seeking Chief of Party candidates for its Safe Aqua Farming for Economic and Trade improvement project in Bangladesh. The Chief of Party will be responsible for overall project management, administration, and implementation. S/he will maintain systems for project operations; oversee safety and security of all project personnel and assets; ensure that all award deadlines are met, and targets are achieved; manage field staff; and coordinate and maintain working relationships with project stakeholders. This includes government ministries, subgrantees and/or subcontractors, short-term technical support providers, and local training/academic institutions.

The USDA-funded Safe Aqua Farming for Economic and Trade Improvement in Bangladesh project is providing farmers with technical training and access to financial services — and building the capacity of the trade associations and government agencies they work with — with the aim of to improving livelihoods and productivity among Bangladeshi shrimp and prawn farmers and improving food quality and safety in the shrimp and prawn value chains.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the principal liaison with USDA, other donors, key government officials, and international and local organizations, representing Winrock International
  • Working closely with an Operations and Security Director, oversee security planning, implementation, and incident and crisis management
  • Coordinate and collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including host government programs and other donor projects to leverage resources and maximize results
  • Provide high-level oversight for project administrative functions including financial management, human resources and procurement while ensuring compliance with Winrock policies and principles and USDA rules and regulations
  • Design and lead interventions that build the capacity of staff and key stakeholders in government, private sector, and local nongovernmental organizations
  • Provide supervision, support, and direction to long- and short-term staff and technical consultants
  • Monitor program performance through indicators and evaluate program effectiveness and results
  • Apply adaptive management and learning approach 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
  • Prepare annual work plans and progress reports and monitor the implementation of these plans. Prepare and submit quarterly and annual reports on the progress of activities and achievement of program results to USDA
  • Maintain close communication with Winrock home office and USDA to provide ongoing, informal updates of project progress
  • Other duties as assigned.




  • Advanced degree in international development, political science, agricultural or environmental sciences or other relevant fields of study


Work Experience:

  • Minimum 10 years’ professional experience leading donor-funded programs focused on agriculture, community/household resilience or community development, and/or nutrition
  • At least 5 years of experience managing USDA-funded contracts required
  • Experience managing donor- projects in conflict/post-conflict zones required
  • Proven leadership as Project Director or Chief of Party in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar size and complex international donor support programs with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting
  • Demonstrated technical understanding of agriculture, rural development and/or governance
  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse public and private partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams


  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem-solving, conflict, ethical management skills and excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Sound knowledge of international donor contracts, financial and accounting regulations and procedures, particularly USDA regulations
  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Bangladesh is strongly preferred
  • Ability to diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate projects with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences
  • Must be comfortable in high-level representational role as well as interacting with beneficiaries
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to effectively oversee staff and coordinate with a broad range of stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required, Bangla language skills a plus

Work Location:

  • The primary work location will be in the SAFETI office in Dhaka with frequent field visits to SAFETI project sites.

All interested candidates shall submit their applications (maximum 5 pages including resume, two references and one-page cover letter) in English to . The deadline for submission of applications is 20 October 2021. Qualified applicants will be contacted by Winrock.

Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. Winrock recruits, employs, trains, promotes and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law.

At Winrock we have a clear mission: Empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources through unwavering dedication to accountability, equity, innovation, integrity and transformation.

Winrock knows that its success comes from the hard work and steadfast dedication of its diverse workforce. Winrock remains committed to maintaining diversity, inclusion and equity across the entire organization

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