Education Project Design and Resource Mobilization Director-


Job Description


Work Location : US - Atlanta, GA Type of Post : Not Applicable Other Possible Location : Funding : APPROVED Expected Travel : up to 20% Type of Contract : Language Requirement : ENGLISH Application Deadline : Employee Duration : Full-Time

CARE is a leader in promoting a comprehensive approach to Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and girls as key to its unshakable commitment to ending poverty. CARE’s work brings together communities, health centers, schools, food system actors, local organizations, and government partners to create gender-transformative, innovative, and sustainable solutions to ensure that marginalized populations are served. As a member of CARE’s Program Strategy & Impact (PSI) team, the Design" id="link" class="link">Program Design and Resource Mobilization Director (D-PDRM) plays a key role in positioning

CARE as a global leader in Education and Adolescent Empowerment. The D-PDRM will be the primary technical program design expert for the US government portfolio on the team and will report to the Director of Strategy, Planning and Operations, PSI division with steer and guidance from PSI, Institutional Fundraising and Strategy (IFS) and International Programs and Operations (IPO) teams. They will leverage promising practices and core strategies that are cutting-edge, replicable, scalable, and documented with credible evidence to develop sound designs for program approaches, including learnings from other evidence-based programs within CARE and other leading organizations. They will engage extensively, internally and externally, in program design, proposal development and other aspects of resource mobilization.


Resource Mobilization Planning & Positioning - The D-PDRM works closely with the Education and Adolescent Empowerment Sr. Director, the Sr. Director of Thought Leadership, sub-team directors, and various teams in country offices to position CARE to have the greatest impact and influence; by successfully competing and winning U.S. Government proposals; and be a partner of choice. This work will be done in alignment with CARE’s Thought Leadership strategy. This includes:

Contribute to IFS-led long-term strategic approach alignment with US Government. Support country offices and IFS on long-term positioning and profile raising in priority geographies. Work with the PSI-IPO-IFS steering committee to identify, vet and prioritize potential funding opportunities on a quarterly basis. Represent Education and Adolescent Empowerment programs in key forums, especially those where key donors are present. Project Design and Development - The D-PDRM will be the primary technical proposal development expert on the technical team. She/he will design and develop concept notes, proposals, presentations, and other key documents for US government entities such as USAID, USDA, etc. This includes:

Lead the technical response and development of innovative technical designs in Education and Adolescent Empowerment, incorporating learnings from other evidence-based programs within CARE and elsewhere. Streamline and prioritize within proposals across different areas and approaches to ensure a prioritized, compelling, and coherent proposal that meets CARE’s program quality standards and can be implemented with success. Build and lead the core proposal design team with technical inputs from:

Technical experts within the respective technical team. Between technical experts at CARE USA and CARE country offices, and partner organizations, as applicable. With proposal writers and resource mobilization colleagues. Outside technical units within the Program Strategy and Impact team. With technical focal points from partner organizations. Lead and review concept notes, proposals, presentations, and other key documents with key inputs from other stakeholders. Lead design workshops, partnership meetings, and other sessions (in-person and virtually) for program design that meets program quality guidelines. Facilitate decision-making and prioritization within proposals when there are many potential tools, resources, and approaches to include in both the technical design and the budget. Support proposal writers with proposal and concept note writing; and with presentations and documents for donor meetings. Develop materials to support the program design, theories of change, win themes, value propositions, results framework, innovative approaches, key differentiators, capacity statements and workplans. Review prioritized proposals (particularly technical design components) and ensure the use of CARE’s program quality standards across all proposals. Compiling and Using Learning to Strengthen Project/Proposal Design - The D-PDRM is expected to be a technical leader who stays abreast Education and Adolescent Empowerment learnings and best practices in the sector, and is able to articulate those in proposals and learning documents for donor audiences.

Engage in relevant key technical discussions within CARE and with other partners. Incorporate, share, and institutionalize learnings, concept notes, tools, knowledge management materials and best practices into program designs and proposal review. Specific tools/systems development include:

Technical Assistance Minimum Standards. Standardizing documentation management for team learning and for project management across all programs. Consolidating project learnings to share across programs, and to inform future program design. Program Management. Collaborate with KML and other colleagues to standardize capability statements across technical teams. Support CO teams to develop presentations of their results and innovative strategies to position CARE in advance of upcoming proposals, including developing and updating capacity statements. Support COs to socialize and publicize their capacities and successes to position more effectively ahead of proposals. Communities of Practice and Team Participation

Participate in team communities of practice and working groups. Represent team leadership and other team members as requested. Participate in relevant internal and external communities of practice and working groups, as well discussions on USAID trends and donor priorities. Ensure participation in external events is aligned with CARE’s advocacy and thought leadership strategies and respects the roles and responsibilities of different actors within CARE. Submit time sheets, expense reports, travel plans and travel reports on time.


Master's degree and robust professional experience in project design and resource mobilization, or a related sector of Development Assistance. 10+ years of progressively responsible experience in project implementation, project management, or Business Development for large/complex and multi-sectoral proposals. 10+ years of demonstrated experience designing projects and proposals in Education and Adolescent Empowerment for USG donor agencies. Demonstrated ability to lead, coordinate and lead the development of technical proposals, such as leading capture teams, identifying, and securing strong partners, supporting solution development, and coordinate technical inputs to reach consensus in a timely manner. Experience in Education and Adolescent Empowerment. Specialized geographic knowledge and experience working in developing contexts with culturally diverse teams. Key Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Technical knowledge in the technical area of Education and Adolescent Empowerment. Understanding of US government rules/regulations; priorities; and key relevant technical approaches/strategies. Strong skills in design planning and organization, multi-tasking, partnership, and collaboration. Strong skills in communicating, relationship building and mobilizing geographically and technically diverse teams. Strategic thinker and dynamic go-getter with proven ability to work under pressure on concurrent responsibilities. Ability to travel as required, possibly up 20%. Strong work ethic and evidence of outstanding English communication skills, including technical writing. Desired proficiency in Arabic, French, Spanish or another language in the 100+ countries where CARE operates.

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