Programs and Proposal Development Coordinator


The Proposal and Program Development Officer will play a critical role in supporting World Relief’s efforts to secure, maintain and grow a robust portfolio of publicly funded grants. The team member will be responsible for researching and assessing World Relief’s strategic positioning to pursue new opportunities. The team member will also play a significant role in stages of the proposal development process. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in developing high quality proposals for technical donors and have a keen interest in developing new skills related to prepositioning and partnership development.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Research, Intelligence Gathering and Preposition: The team member will play an active role in identifying new opportunities and working with technical leads to innovate and plan preposition strategies.

Regularly track donor, potential donor, and umbrella websites for RFAs and proposal submission opportunities aligned to WR’s priority sectors or countries
Conduct background research on proposal opportunities to determine WR’s competitiveness and strategic positioning
Work closely with various technical leads to monitor trends and priorities of donors and collaborate with others to support the development of prepositioning plans
Alongside technical leads, arrange and attend meetings focused on building strategic partnerships with other organizations

• Proposal Development: Support all elements in the proposal development process.

Roles will vary depending on the opportunity and may include coordinating a cross-functional, multi-sectoral team working on a proposal, serving in a proposal writing capacity under the leadership of others, reviewing and editing elements of proposal developed by other team members and/or other roles as needed to ensure the final proposal is competitive and appropriate for submission
Ensure effective and ongoing communication among WR departments and offices, external partners, and collaborators throughout the proposal development process
Maintain and grow intelligence-gathering network and ensure effective communication and collaboration between World Relief’s longstanding Alliance partners, traditional collaborators, and others
• Operations and Process Coordination: Promote effective coordination of World Relief’s overall proposal development efforts

Maintain and monitor a tracking log of public funding opportunities actively being pursued by the organization
Ensure documentation and resources needed for proposal development are up to date and filed appropriately in the knowledge management system
Develop and utilize tools, templates, and work processes that result in streamlined and efficient proposal development and teamwork
Through capacity-training and mentorship, build a strong internal collaborative system for proposal development


Demonstrated success in developing high quality proposals for the US Government and other international agencies
Clear understanding of institutional donor priorities related to global health and humanitarian assistance – especially the priorities of USAID (BGH, BHA, BPRM) and UN Agencies
Familiarity with building and managing consortia proposals
Outstanding English writing skills and strong analytical capacity assessment, and planning skills.
Strong capacity for developing budgets for development projects
Computer proficiency in MS Office and familiarity with project management software
Strong leadership and teamwork skills
Excellent organizational and time-management skills, ability to deliver when facing multiple projects with tight deadlines
Familiarity with the international development community and donor solicitation processes (US government agencies, European Government agencies, multilateral agencies)
Must be a self-starter, strongly motivated and interested in rapidly producing results


Mature and personal Christian faith
Committed to the mission, vision, and values of World Relief
Desire to serve and empower the Church to impact vulnerable communities
University education in relevant field required (social sciences, applied sciences, business or similar). Advanced degree, preferred
Minimum of 5 years of experience in relief and development field
3-5 years of experience with substantive proposal writing experience with USAID, UN Agencies and/or other institutional donors


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations
The ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-15 pounds.
Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read application information.
The employee frequently is required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.


General office setting.
Remote work option
Great lengths of time working on computer, reading from computer screen, entering information, standing at copier or fax machine, and some time on the phone or in skype meetings may be required.
Year-end archiving activities involve repeated lifting and bending.
Physical, emotional and intellectual demands
Equipment used: Employee computer (desktop or laptop), printer, and copier.
All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform any other job-related instructions as requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all-inclusive and is always under review.

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