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Senior Program Manager, Clean Energy and Circular Economy (Spanish and USAID Experience Required)


Winrock International


Winrock International

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POSITION TITLE: Senior Program Manager, Clean Energy and Circular Economy

GROUP: Energy and Environment (E2)

LOCATION: Arlington, Virginia; Little Rock, Arkansas; or remote within the United States

Reports to: Director, Clean Energy and Circular Economy (CE2)


Are you passionate about increasing access to clean energy and supporting a circular economy in low-income countries? Are you a great project manager and writer with critical thinking skills? And, are you fluent in Spanish? If so, we want you on our team!

Winrock’s Energy and Environment (E2) group supports healthy natural environments by developing and implementing solutions to protect natural resources, enhance ecosystem services, address climate change, scale access to clean energy, and reduce pollution. E2’s Clean Energy and Circular Economy (CE2) team works in two fields. Our circular economy portfolio addresses pollution issues including solid waste management and plastic pollution reduction. Under clean energy, we specialize in off-grid solar applications for rural smallholders, including solar water pumps and solar chillers. Through transaction advisory services, innovative financing, and market acceleration, we mobilize private investment in renewables, clean cooking, and energy efficiency. Currently we work in the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, and Vietnam.

The CE2 Senior Program Manager will initially focus primarily on our circular economy work, serving as home office project manager responsible for achieving the results of large, multi-year projects. The CE2 Senior Program Manager will also play a key role in major proposals, including technical design, writing, partner engagement, and travel for proposal development. This position also offers the opportunity to exchange insights and learnings with thought leaders on energy and environmental issues facing the Global South.

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week). Candidates must be based in the U.S. and are expected to align work hours with the Eastern time zone.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, environmental sciences, international development, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience: Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in international development, especially in home office project management, financial oversight, technical assistance, and donor compliance, including:

USAID project management experience required.
Experience with one or more of the following technical areas preferred: reducing pollution, clean energy, climate change, forestry, natural resource management, economic development.
Demonstrated success in proposal development for US Government or other donors including multilateral development banks, other bilateral funders, and foundations.
Experience training in-country staff and coaching and mentoring junior staff
International work or volunteer experience preferred.
Ability to communicate effectively with donors, local partners, and host country governments.
Adept at project planning, budgeting, management, and financial analysis
Demonstrated skills in project management to achieve targets within scope, budget, and on time; certification in PMD Pro/Project dPro a plus

Excellent written and oral communication skills for project management, donor and partner relations, and new business development;
Fluency in English and Spanish is required;
Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks, and work under pressure while ensuring quality;
Demonstrated strong analytical capability and problem-solving abilities required;
Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and foster a positive working environment;
Ability to always demonstrate the highest level of ethical standards
Experience incorporating gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) considerations into effective programming preferred;
Willingness and ability to travel;
Application materials: Please submit a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please tell us why you are interested in working for Winrock and what interests you in this particular position. Note that applicants must not require employer sponsorship to work in the United States.

Salary: This position has a salary range between $120,000 – $134,000 with an additional 10% 403b annual contribution and an excellent additional benefits package.

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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