Senior Program Officer, Clean Energy

  • Winrock International
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • 10 Feb, 2020
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Job Description

The Senior Program Officer will serve as a key member of the Clean Energy Unit management team and will lead program implementation and management, as well as new business development for household energy with a focus on clean cooking and fuels. Winrock International’s Clean Energy Unit's portfolio is comprised of a range of small and large renewable energy, energy efficiency, and low emission development projects funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and a range of other donors. Winrock has been a leader in household energy with over 20 years of experience in partnership management, consumer preference assessments, performance testing, quality standards, behavior change communications, and mobilization of financing into market expansion and consumer finance.


ESSENTIAL Responsibilities:

Project Implementation and Management

  • Manage program/project implementation on donor-funded projects, ensuring ongoing programmatic excellence;
  • Conduct ongoing programmatic and budgetary analysis of projects;
  • Liaise with Winrock’s Operations and Program teams (Technical Units, HR, Contracts, Procurement, etc.) to provide guidance to field teams and support project implementation;
  • Provide technical inputs to ensure cutting-edge, appropriate project deliverables;
  • Work with field teams to write and edit reports and other deliverables, ensuring quality of deliverables;
  • Identify, mobilize and monitor short term consultants;
  • Liaise with project partners and donors;
  • Provide guidance and mentoring to junior staff on project implementation and management activities.

 Donor Relations and New Business Development

  • Identify, track, and develop new business opportunities within household energy and Clean Energy Unit's portfolio;
  • Conduct new business capture, intelligence gathering and support donor and partner relationship building;
  • Work closely with members of the Clean Energy Unit and Clean Energy and  Environment Group to develop and prepare new business proposals;
  • Lead the capture and proposal lead on household energy and select Clean Energy Unit proposals, including assisting with technical program design, staffing, budget development, writing, editing, and other proposal requirements to produce high quality, targeted, winning proposals;
  • Utilize professional network to identify, augment and develop partner relationships.






  • Identify opportunities and contribute to technical reports and studies, communications materials, and other thought leadership pieces.
  • Identify new/expanded programmatic areas that would augment the Clean Energy unit’s portfolio.
  • Track Congressional appropriations and international development funding lines; stay abreast of and advise on other donor funding sources and programmatic priorities.




  • Master’s degree in Energy and Resources, Natural Resource Management, International Development, Business Administration, or related field preferred.


  • At least ten years’ experience in international household energy, clean energy, and economic development, in progressively more responsible roles.           
  • International project management experience including all aspects of implementation, e.g. procurement, budget, staff management, and strategic planning, is required.
  • Must have experience with international donor agencies, preferably USEPA and USAID.
  • International experience, including experience working and living in a developing country, is strongly preferred.
  • Experience managing/leading proposal teams and a winning track record required.
  • Demonstrated ability to train and mentor staff and cooperate effectively with a range of partners.


  • Strong project management skills coordinating complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth.
  • Skilled at securing new business from USAID and other funders; leading outreach to existing and new business clients; establishing new business leads; and, seeking and securing new business opportunities. Evidence of success in developing new work areas or topics, and presenting them in successful proposals, especially to USEPA and USAID.
  • Strong project monitoring and evaluation skills and experience required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people. Demonstrated management, motivational and teamwork skills.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is mandatory.  Fluency in one or more additional languages, especially Spanish or French, is preferred.


  • Demonstrated, established networks with organizations and clients involved in household energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other clean energy initiatives. 
  • Must be willing and able to travel internationally for short-term assignments.


Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to perceived or actual 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.

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