Deputy Chief of Party at Winrock International: (Deadline Ongoing)

Deputy Chief of Party at Winrock International: (Deadline Ongoing)

Deputy Chief of Party at Winrock International: (Deadline Ongoing)


Winrock International works with people around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment. Winrock is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID-funded project that will strengthen the capacity of Rwandans—women, youth, and persons with disabilities—to activity participate in the workforce. The DCOP will provide strategic, results-based leadership to project objectives related to: (i) increasing the entrepreneurial, soft and technical skills of Rwanda jobseekers and entrepreneurs (ii) facilitating small and medium enterprise (SME) access to business services and market information they require to grow their businesses and generate revenue (iii) increasing the awareness of the social and business case for inclusion of women, youth and persons with disabilities within businesses and institutions.  The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with the Chief of Party, provide programmatic leadership and oversight of strategic planning of activities in support of the project goals and objectives, including the determination of project priorities and appropriate technical initiatives;
    • Provide technical and managerial oversight to technical leads, working closely with them to problem solve, refine and adapt approaches or activities based on iterative learning, foster a spirt of innovation, entrepreneurship and acceptance of and learning from failures;
    • Ensure all activities, partnerships and grants align business/commercial objectives with GESI and youth empowerment principles;
    • Provide leadership to technical teams in partner engagement and relationship management including private sector, government and complementary donor programs that provide opportunities for co-investment, joint activity implementation, and systems-level learning;
    • Provide technical leadership and high-level coordination to the design, implementation, and adaptive management of the grants strategy. This includes working with component leads to design activities and associated partnerships that link to project objectives and promote the piloting and scale of locally driven initiatives.


    • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in finance, agricultural economics, agribusiness, and/or business development, or a similar relevant field;

    Work Experience:

    • At least 7 years of technical leadership experience in issues related to workforce development, competitiveness, agribusiness, and/or enterprise development;
    • At least 5 years of continuous advancement in managing diverse teams and operational functions;
    • Rwandan citizenship, with at least 5 years of relevant experience in Rwanda
    • In-depth knowledge of the local operating environment, with a track record of establishing and maintaining strong relationships with government ministries and the ability to foster and maintain good working relationships with senior officials.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Kinyarwanda.

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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