Business Development Advisor (Food Security & Resilience)


Job Description


Work Location : US- Washington, DC Type of Post : Not Applicable Other Possible Location : Any country where CARE USA operates Funding : APPROVED Expected Travel : up to 10% Type of Contract : Language Requirement : English Application Deadline : Employee Duration : Active Part-Time

Job Summary:

A significant source of funding for CARE’s Food and Waster Systems’ work is through the United States Government, particularly USAID and USDA. Seated within FWS, the Food Security and Resilience (FSR) team has a leadership role in: a) business/proposal development to obtain grant funding; and b) project management/backstopping role during implementation of successful awards.
FSR’s Senior Advisor, Business Development, Systems, and Strategy has been designated as the “Technical Lead” for FWS USG proposals that are $10million and above, and/or that are of high organizational strategic importance. This will primarily entail proposals for: Feed The Future and BHA Resilience Food Security Programs (RFSAs). In addition, FWS generally partners with the Education Team to prime on McGovern-Dole proposals. In this TDY assignment, FSR is looking for a CARE staff person who will be able to work with the Senior Advisor to manage the current list of priority bids. At the same time, the candidate will also work with the Senior Advisor on their ongoing efforts (within FSR and throughout FWS) to build systems, processes, and tools to enable more effective and efficient management of proposals and projects (particularly those of a large-scale nature that are funded by USG).


Technical Lead for specific USG bids that are live or expected to become live in the near future. Support FWS on capture efforts to position CARE to respond to bids when they become live. This may include:

Research with CARE Country offices and other FWS technical staff to understand potential roles for CARE and technical competitive edge. Participate in calls and discussions with potential partners when finalizing consortia for specific bids. Initial research and assessment (desk-based) on technical background related to bids in capture phase. For smaller (although high-priority) bids that become ‘live’, serve as Technical Lead for FWS/CARE USA. This will require mobilizing technical experts within and outside of FWS as necessary; working with CARE Country Office Technical Lead to determine needs and process for Design; lead integration of technical inputs into design documents (for example, results framework or logframe documents). Work with proposal writer to ensure technical design is successfully translated into narrative. Ensure CARE approaches and technical best practice models are integrated into design (this will be done in partnership with Senior Advisor, Business Development and other FWS Technical Advisors allocated to the bids. Time and resources permitting, the candidate will also work with the Senior Advisor on systems, processes, and tools development work. This may include:

Continue/further develop work that has been started on best practice documents, standard guidance tools, manuals, etc that will facilitate improved business development and project implementation practices throughout FWS. Obtain reviews and feedback on draft documents from key stakeholders throughout CARE; work with Senior Advisor and other relevant FWS/FSR staff to ensure feedback is integrated appropriately.


Bachelor’s Degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Experience writing and managing US Government proposals related to Agriculture and market systems, nutrition, resileince, gender euqality, and overall food security. Working knowledge/successful track record with USAID (including Feed the Future) and knowledge/track reocrd with USDA preferred. Strong proficiency in written and spoken English; Minimum of three years demonstrated experience in Program Management and/or backstopping, ideally for programs funded by USAID or USDA and implemented in developing country contexts; Solid written and oral communication, organizational skills and attention to detail, sound judgment, and discretion; Technical Skills:

Proven experience coordinating across a diverse array of stakeholders, meeting multiple deadlines and ensuring project compliance and deliverables are met; and serving in a representational role with a donor or project partner;
Ability to coordinate multiple internal and external stakeholders in a time-bound proposal envrionment; Budgeting, finance, and accounting skills; Familiarity with relevant workplace technology: remote Communications Technology, use of collaboration software (e.g., Sharepoint), Microsoft Office suite; Ability to function in complex, changing environments, and to manage and work with diverse groups as well as independently;

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