POSITION TITLE:              Chief of Party  

LOCATION:                        Mali  

GROUP:                             Agriculture & Volunteer Programs  

REPORTS TO:                   Director, Agriculture & Volunteer Programs


Winrock International seeks highly-qualified Chief of Party (COP) candidates for anticipated USAID-funded agriculture sector project(s) in Mali. Details below.



  • Provide overall leadership to the project, managing staff and sub recipients, and serving as the primary liaison to the donor.
  • Design and lead the technical approach, including piloting, testing, and scaling innovative implementation models and partnerships.
  • Apply adaptive management and learning approach to evaluate program results and impact. Institute adjustments to replicate and scale successful activities and course correct activities that are not yielding desired results.
  • Provide technical and administrative direction to project staff, consultants and partners, including identifying and responding to training and mentorship needs.
  • Work in close partnership with donor to ensure alignment of project with donor’s strategic goals and objectives, 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.



Academic degree in international development, agriculture, natural resource management, economics, social sciences, or other relevant fields. Master's degree preferred.



  • Minimum 10 years of experience managing complex international development programs in Mali, the Sahel, and/or West Africa required – including experience in conflict or post-conflict environments.
  • Previous COP experience on multi-million-dollar USG funded agriculture and livelihoods, food security, agricultural value chain, or market development projects 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 economic growth programming.
  • Experience integrating social and behavioral change communications into the design of training and capacity building programs. 
  • Proven track record developing successful partnerships with and supporting private and public sector actors.



  • Ability to diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate activities with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of underlying theories as well as practical experience designing/implementing activities that are responsive to the USG Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS)
  • Ability to build coalitions and networks with private and public 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 with USG M&E frameworks and reporting systems; Feed the Future M&E experience preferred. Skills in knowledge management, qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, data analysis, collaboration, learning and adaptation (CLA) approach preferred.
  • Excellent management, communication, and organization skills are required.
  • Excellent computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases) are required.



  • Fluency in English and French is required.


 Winrock International is an equal opportunity employer. 

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