Call for Proposal Development Consultants (Junior, Mid-Level, Senior)

Search For Common Ground


Position Summary

Search is establishing a roster of vetted Proposal Development Consultants and is seeking consultants with different experience levels (junior, mid-level, senior) to provide short-term proposal development services. Search works with a variety of donors around the world, ranging from governments such as the US and UK to multilateral bodies such as the EU and UN to foundations and corporations. While we have internal program development staff, we also use proposal development consultants at times to fill gaps in availability/capacity/expertise

This solicitation is to identify individuals to be added to the pre-vetted roster, from which program development staff can identify and rapidly hire consultants to respond to a specific program development opportunity. Being included on this roster does not guarantee funding or a consultancy with Search, but it will place those consultants in the roster from which Search will draw as needed. The Proposal Developer’s main responsibility is to lead individual proposal development and writing processes for Search for Common Ground. Proposal Developers will work as part of the Global Affairs and Partnerships team in supporting Search’s regional program development staff around the world, and will be based remotely.

Key Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities include:

General requirements

Consultants are individuals who are not Search employees
Consultants are available to be engaged on an “as-needed basis” to perform specific tasks within a specific duration and deliverables
Proposal Developer’s responsibilities

Perform in-depth research and literature review
Participate in or lead capture, design, and/or partnerships meetings
Write drafts and final version of a proposal
Coordinate with the Country Office, Regional Team, and Global Affairs and Partnerships to develop and fine-tune the content of the proposal, including some or all attachments and/or required documentation
Ensure compliance of the proposal to donor standards and requirements
Specific consultancies may require travel to a Search for Common Ground Country Office (this will be made clear if/when Search reaches out to individuals on the roster about opportunities)
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


Minimum Qualifications (junior, mid-level, senior)


Bachelor’s degree in international relations, development, conflict resolution, nonprofit management, or other relevant field
Proven experience leading successful proposals for development and/or foreign policy donors in Europe and the US, multilateral, foreign government, corporations and/or foundations
Strong knowledge of donor rules, regulations, and templates
Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines while coordinating proposal processes
Excellent written communication skills, ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals
Native-speaker level fluency in English
Highly organized with excellent attention to detail
Knowledge of peacebuilding and conflict transformation programming
Computer literacy proficiency, including solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google applications (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Hangouts) and Internet research skills

Experience leading successful proposals focused on peacebuilding and/or conflict issues for development and/or foreign policy donors (governments, multilateral institutions, corporations, and foundations)
Experience developing proposal partnerships/consortia
Familiarity with Search for Common Ground programming and systems
Familiarity with international development priorities
Ability to travel to support proposal design
Native-speaker level fluency in French and/or Arabic may be desirable for some donors
Specific requirements for a senior-level proposal developer:

Over 10 years of experience writing winning proposals and leading capture, design, and oversight of a proposal process
A clear track record of winning complex projects with over $5 million awards
Specific requirements for a mid-level proposal developer:

5-10 years of experience writing winning proposals and leading capture, design, and oversight of a proposal process
A clear track record of winning complex projects with over $1 million awards
Specific requirements for a junior-level proposal developer:

2-5 years of experience writing winning proposals
A clear track record of winning smaller projects with of $250,000+ awards
This position will close on December 20, 2019.

How To Apply

To apply, interested candidates should send the following items to our employment portal here:

current resume
cover letter.

Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Application Deadline: 12/20/2019