Chief of Party (COP), USDA Food for Progress, Nepal

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POSITION TITLE: Chief of Party (COP)

LOCATION: Kathmandu, Nepal

GROUP: Agriculture, Resilience, and Water

REPORTS TO: Sr. Director, Agriculture, Resilience and Water Winrock is seeking a Chief of Party for an anticipated five-year program to strengthen food security and nutrition of rural households though climate smart aquaculture in Nepal. Funded under the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress, the proposed program will engage public and private sector partners to develop market-based solutions to increasing the climate smart production and marketing of aquaculture products in Nepal. The program will also work closely with USDA representatives to support US and regional objectives for promoting the trade of agricultural commodities. In addition to overall management and authorities delegated under Winrock’s policies and standard operating procedures, the Chief of Party will lead a local team to develop innovative, replicable, and scalable approaches for the adoption of climate smart practices. The position is contingent on funding.


ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Coordination Work in close partnership with donor to ensure alignment of project with donor’s strategic goals and objectives for agricultural trade, and application of program-wide learning and collaboration. Coordinate and collaborate with host government programs and other donor projects to leverage resources and maximize results. Technical Design and lead a technical approach that supports public and private sector actors to increase the production and marketing of aquaculture products in Nepal, including piloting, testing, and scaling innovative implementation models and partnerships Monitor project 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. Administration and Leadership Provide administrative direction and technical input on climate smart agricultural practices to project staff, consultants, and partners, including identifying and responding to training and mentorship needs. Ensures staff compliance with all USDA administrative and operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor regulations. Maintain close communication with Winrock home office and USDA to provide ongoing, informal, updates or project progress. Other duties as assigned.



Education: Academic degree in aquaculture, fisheries management, international development, business administration, finance, management, or other relevant fields. Master’s degree preferred. Experience: Minimum 10 years of experience managing aquaculture and/or complex economic growth programs/leading private sector sourcing, or trade functions required. Previous COP experience on USG funded aquaculture, agribusiness, or market development projects or equivalent private sector management experience is required. Experience designing, implementing, and coaching project staff and partners on systems-based interventions required. Experience operationalizing the collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) framework in project implementation. Experience integrating nutrition, gender, and youth into aquaculture value chains. Experience integrating social and behavioral change communications into the design of training and capacity building programs. Experience developing partnerships with private sector actors aligned around shared value. Skills/Knowledge: Ability to diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate activities with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Ability to build coalitions and networks with public and private sector actors that can provide synergies and sustainable solutions. Must be comfortable in high-level representational role as well as interacting with beneficiaries. Demonstrated understanding of USG M&E frameworks and reporting systems. Skills in knowledge management, qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, data analysis, collaboration, learning and adaptation (CLA) approach preferred. Excellent management, communication, and organizational skills are required. Excellent computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases) are required. Other: Fluency in English is required. Professional experience in Nepal is highly desired. Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness.


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