Director (Bid Coordination)


Job Description


CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and fight with CARE.

The Director for Bid Coordination in the Institutional Funding and Strategy (IFS) department plays a leadership role across the lifecycle of proposal development for US Government and other institutional funders of CARE’s important humanitarian and development work worldwide. Working in close consultation with program technical units and CARE’s 55 country offices (COs), s/he oversees the identification, assessment and positioning for priority opportunities, as well as live-proposal design, writing and final submission. S/he plays a lead role in proposal quality control and process improvement, bid prioritization and decision-making, resource planning and management, and partnership relationship management.

The Director for Bid Coordination directly oversees a team of 5 to 7 proposal managers based in the US, as well as several regional coordinators in select field locations. S/he participates on the IFS Senior Management Team (SMT). As such, s/he plays a leadership role in the department by managing and contributing to certain department-wide improvement initiatives. S/he works closely with other team leads in IFS, including the Director of Business Management and the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition who oversee cost proposal and recruiting specialists, respectively. S/he also works with IFS’ Director of Planning, Research and Learning on business intelligence, competitor analysis, and long-range resource mobilization strategy.


  • Bid Prioritization and Pipeline Management

  • Proposal Process Improvement and Quality Assurance

  • Proposal Development and Coordination

  • Staff Management and Resource Planning

  • Draft formatted CVs for inclusion in proposals


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in development studies, or field that emphasizes critical writing and thinking skills

  • 7-10 years of experience in international development with a focus on business development, proposal writing and management

  • At least 4 years of experience in at least one relevant technical area including: international public health, food security and nutrition, livelihoods, education, or governance

  • Proven track record of managing and winning competitive USG-funded international development and/or humanitarian proposals

  • Understanding of compliance and competitiveness requirements of USG and other institutional funders

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion

  • Strong communication skills, especially in writing

  • Experience using Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

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