District of Columbia, United States
London, Greater London
New York, United States
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Sector: Awards Management

Location: London UK, New York or Washington DC, USA

Job Description

The Program Development Advisor (PDA) will lead and/or support new business development efforts, from opportunity tracking and capture planning to proposal development, and submission. The PDA will serve in the Capture Manager and Proposal Manager or Proposal Coordinator roles on new business opportunities. The PDA will lead and/or support special internal initiatives aligned with IRC’s business development strategy. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of working on new business efforts in international development with USAID, DFID, ECHO, and/or other multilateral and bilateral donors.


  • Lead and assist in the identification, tracking and updating of new business opportunities across a variety of technical sectors, regions, and clients.
  • Lead capture planning including facilitating technical brainstorming, competitive landscape analysis and win theme sessions with technical and country staff.
  • Coordinating proposal work to include preparing timelines, ensuring the proposal team adheres to deadlines, supporting recruitment, assisting in budget development, ensuring document completion, organizing meetings and compiling notes, and drafting and proofreading proposal sections.
  • Work with technical units, country offices, and other staff to support conceptualization and design of proposals for new project activities and/or amendments to current projects.
  • Managing coordination, communication and inputs from subs or to our primes.
  • Identifying partners, consultants, and other proposal development support as needed.
  • Draft proposal pieces including Past Performance, Corporate Capabilities, Staffing and Management Plan, Country Context, CVs, etc.
  • Compile inputs from proposal team members, including consultants and partners.
  • Ensure responsiveness to and compliance with solicitation documents.
  • Provide Quality Assurance/Quality Compliance support on proposals.
  • Maintain accurate information in database and assist with conducting analysis of proposal development; and maintain accurate and timely electronic files.
  • Advises by working collaboratively on organizational and system improvements; anticipating, identifying and proactively solving problems.
  • Facilitates internal post-submission debrief sessions to glean lessons learned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, including international relations, political science, public administration, and communications; Master’s degree a plus.

  • Three to five years’ experience writing grants and developing funding proposals.

  • Experience working with US Government (USAID, OFDA, BPRM, etc.), DFID, EU institutions (ECHO, DG), and/or other European donors. 

  • Experience in proposal budgeting a plus.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively manage a variety of relationships in a multicultural environment;

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate equally effectively with colleagues in ‘remote’ and diverse teams, including as team leader for proposals;

  • The ability to work productively and accurately while under pressure in a fast-paced, demanding environment;

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively;

  • Ability to travel internationally; (up to 20% of time)

  • Fluency in English and proficiency in at least one other language (French and/or Spanish) is highly desirable.

Applications will be reviewed and invited to interview on a rolling basis.

Candidates must have the right to work in the country for which they are applying.

IRC-UK is committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination for all applicants and employees. IRC-UK seeks to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious belief, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. IRC-UK welcomes applications from all candidates, including refugees who have the right to work in the UK.

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Refreshed on: 03 July 2020
Closed date: 13 July 2020
Tags: Business Development