Associate Director, New Business Development Africa

The Associate Director New Business Development is a key position within International Programs to support successful pursuit of new, large-scale programs funded by the USG/donors. His/her actions and decisions in managing multi-divisional proposal response teams directly impact the quality and competitiveness of Save the Children’s proposals for new funding. Strategically, s/he often takes the lead in coordinating appropriate internal advance planning/communication on potential new opportunities. S/he provides quality control and support to International Program’s efforts to achieve greater program impact through the successful pursuit of larger and more strategic funding opportunities. The Associate Director provides technical assistance, support and training to field and HQ staff for new business development strategies and tasks from pre-RFA positioning through proposal submission.


  • Assist Country Offices in proposal development including providing quality control to proposals through the design, implementation and/or review of response strategies and action plans for technical and cost proposals, including writing, reviewing and editing proposal sections, graphics, work plans, budget spreadsheets and narratives; managing partner relations; overseeing final proposal production for submission to donors.
  • Develop and/or maintain appropriate systems, procedures, policies and materials to support the identification, selection and response to strategic opportunities.
  • Represent Save the Children as appropriate on strategic opportunities with donors, partners and others, participating as needed in meetings and conferences.
  • Strengthen the staff capacity to respond to strategic opportunities through the creation and/or delivery of formal and informal training and tools, including: country and regional trainings, proposal guides and manuals, and/or one-on-one interaction with International Program staff on proposal teams.


  • 6-8 years’ experience in international development, including at least 5 years’ experience with program/proposal development for large-scale, multi-million dollar international development programs funded by USAID and other public institutional donors;
  • Experience training staff and creating training modules and materials;
  • Master’s degree in international development or related field.
  • Preference for a candidate with overseas field experience.
  • Must be willing to travel 25-40%.
  • Detailed knowledge of USAID’s procurement procedures; knowledge of USG grant and/or contract regulations (familiarity with other donor grant mechanisms a plus);
  • French language skills desirable.

Employee Type: Full time

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. Each year, we reach tens of millions of children in need in the United States and around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more.

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