Senior Specialist, New Business Development--Hunger and Livelihoods

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: United States of America
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 21 May 2021


The Senior Specialist, New Business Development will support program development and resource mobilization efforts within the Department of Hunger and Livelihoods (DHL). You will lead and support selected program development opportunities, particularly U.S. government-funded opportunities, and will collaborate and coordinate closely with department technical and senior leadership and the Portfolio Growth and Performance (PGP) department to acquire new competitive funding. You will work across the department to pre-position and pursue key public and private funding opportunities, primarily through gathering intelligence on upcoming opportunities, building relationships with key country offices and donors, organizing/managing proposal teams, writing and submitting proposals, and managing/fostering relationships with key partners.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Support Program Development and Resource Mobilization (65%)

  • Serve as Lead Writer or reviewer for assigned public and private hunger and livelihoods opportunities, providing technical leadership, assisting, and closely collaborating with DHL, PGP, and Country Offices in positioning and responding to proposals.
  • Manage selected proposal development processes, including development of proposal calendars, designing, leading or participating in design workshops; collaborative drafting of results frameworks and associated strategies and activities; and coordination and editing of technical, capability, and management inputs.
  • Liaise and coordinate with prime partners to produce high quality competitive proposals, ensuring timely and responsive inputs that maintain and strengthen Save the Children’s reputation as a development partner while effectively representing technical, managerial, and budgetary priorities. Liaise and coordinate with sub partners to provide clear, complete, and timely instructions and feedback for proposal deliverables.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with DHL and/or PGP Cost Coordinators to provide technical and managerial input into the proposal budgeting process, ensuring that staffing and activity costs align with and are sufficient to undertake the proposed.

Prepositioning and Capture (25%)

  • Obtain ongoing information to understand DHL’s place in a competitive landscape through ongoing surveillance and monitoring of hunger and livelihoods programming and opportunities.
  • Support expansion of DHL programming into climate change adaptation (with donors such as Green Climate Fund) or market-driven agricultural development (with donors such as USDA’s Food for Progress or USAID’s Feed the Future).
  • Support efforts to build donors’ perception of Save the Children through relationship management and knowledge management activities/products.
  • Gather and document intelligence, assess the competitive landscape, and recommend winning strategies oriented towards capturing a specific business opportunity.
  • Travel to countries to obtain primary source information on existing donor projects, potential competitors and/or collaborators, country needs, and donor priorities
  • Compile information on potential partners and make recommendations on preferred partners and scopes of work.

Strengthen DHL Program Development Capacity and Knowledge Management for Program Development (10%)

  • Collaborate closely with technical and program management staff to strengthen DHL program development resources, particularly technical content, global, country and thematic capability statements, and project past performance references.
  • Ensure program development resources are archived, uploaded and available on SaveNet or DHL’s shared drive for ongoing reference.
  • Monitor the Award Management System to ensure that DHL opportunities are accurately represented.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 5 years of relevant experience
  • Proven writing, editing, computer and analytical skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to write compelling proposals to support resource mobilization efforts.
  • Demonstrated track record preparing successful proposals and succinct technical documentation.
  • Proven success in balancing focus on tasks with attention to building relationships, identifying, monitoring, and strengthening partnerships, and networking with key stakeholders internally, cross functionally and externally;
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with individuals and groups at all levels
  • Demonstrated time management and organizational skills, with ability to independently schedule and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 25%

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance programming and guidelines required. Other USAID (such as Feed the Future) and other donor programming and technical procurement procedures highly preferred.
  • Field programming experience, primarily in Africa and Asia.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

*Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.*

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

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Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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