The Counterpart International is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Business Development Officer based in Arlington, USA.
The Business Development Officer will coordinate and support Counterpart’s new business development to build on Counterpart’s program successes with innovative new program initiatives while remaining true to our vision, mission, and values.
The Counterpart International helps people build better lives and more durable futures, community by community by equipping individuals, organizations and communities to become solution creators in their own families, communities, regions and countries.
Key Job Responsibilities
The Business Development Officer will perform the following functions-
- Write and edit capacity and past performance statements, management plans, staffing plans, and other sections of technical proposals, including annexes.
- Conduct desk studies and research related to program and proposal development in the agriculture and food security sector, to build technical expertise and inform program design and business growth strategy.
- Lead and manage coordination for all agriculture and food security proposals: assist with mobilization and support of proposal teams, develop proposal development calendars and checklists, schedule proposal reviews and other meetings, track progress against timeline, draft partner agreements and manage partner deliverables, prepare consultant contracts and manage consultants, arrange assessment team travel and visas, etc.
- Assist with recruitment with for consultants, proposal staffing, partner organizations, and other personnel pertinent to the preparation of proposals, interviewing potential staff and preparing resumes.
- Schedule and participate in proposal review sessions, and provide constructive feedback on program design and budget.
- Serve as point of contact with international and local partners to ensure timely deliverables (teaming agreements, technical inputs, capacity statements, key personnel CVs, etc.) in accordance with proposal calendar.
- Work with technical writers and costing/pricing team to support cost proposals.
- Oversee production, packaging, and delivery of proposals.
- Participate in external marketing efforts, including the production of marketing materials; represent Counterpart to external stakeholders including current and potential donor and partner organizations.
- Provide administrative and programmatic support to current Counterpart programs, as needed.
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Applicants must have-
- Graduate degree or relevant, commensurate experience in Agriculture, International Development, Business, or other relevant field.
- Minimum of five years of relevant experience, including working with donor agencies (USDA, USAID, US Department of State, World Bank, Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, United Kingdom Department for International Development, or similar) and international development organizations.
- At least one year experience with business development for US government opportunities.
- Experience with proposal development and program design.
- Understanding of USDA and/or USAID agriculture and food security sector funding mechanisms (such as Food for Progress, Food for Education, Food for Peace, Feed the Future, etc.) demonstrated by at least one year of successful management of proposals or projects in these areas.
- Understanding of agriculture sector concepts and trends, including the clients and the organizations that work in this area.
- Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
- Self-motivated and self-directed.
- Thorough computer software skills, namely the MS Office Suite of programs.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills (writing sample required).
- Attention to detail.
- Ability to multi-task and prioritize.
- Willingness to travel internationally.
- Field experience working with development programs.
- Previous experience with program implementation, program management, and/or monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience using Salesforce or similar system for business development, including for tracking opportunities and submissions.
- Language skills in French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian.
How to Apply
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Applications must be submitted through online process.
For more information, please visit Counterpart International.
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