Business Development Manager

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 March 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 17 April 2019
  • Current

Job Description


The Manager of Business Development (BDM) is a key member of a multi-faceted team that drives the full-cycle proposal process (from capture to post-submission). The BDM is primarily responsible for serving as a proposal manager for bid opportunities for a wide range of solicitations, varying in dollar value and donors (USAID, USDA, World Bank, etc.) The BDM will be a highly motivated individual driven by NCBA CLUSA’s mission, vision and new business goals. The BDM will also exhibit excellent writing and communication skills and will support the entire Business Development (BD) unit, as well as liaise with staff in relevant departments both at headquarters and internationally. The BDM will report directly to the Director of Business Development.


  • Serve as the capture lead for pre-solicitation activities and serve as proposal manager at the release of a solicitation, leading the development process of winning proposals
  • Reviews solicitation documents for proposal requirements and works with the Contracts and Compliance department to ensure compliance with 2 CFR 200 regulations;
  • Monitoring the bid process to ensure compliance, responsiveness, competitiveness, and high-quality products.
  • Lead or support the writing of proposal sections and/or expression of interest (EOIs)
  • Maintain up-to-date proposal templates including Project Performance Reports (PPRs), Corporate Capabilities Statements and CVs;
  • Maintains BD statistics and performance-tracking documents;
  • Maintains SharePoint platform for management of new business opportunity;
  • Drafts and manages consortia partner memorandums of understanding (MOU), teaming agreements, and letters of commitment (LOC);
  • Drafts contracts for new business consultants and provide logistical support including processing invoices and collecting deliverables;
  • Drafts various reports for the COO – International Programs on BD statistics for Board of Directors reports.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge about fundamental programmatic aspects and approaches of NCBA CLUSA projects;
  • Supports daily monitoring of new business opportunities through Mission and Washington, DC forecasts such as,, etc.
  • Participate in strategic planning on program, implementation and new business goals and positioning.
  • Attends public events related to new business as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in International Development, Economics, Agriculture or related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • 3 - 5 years of experience in international development working in a business development capacity required;
  • Knowledge of development programming as well as the application of best practices and in business development (such as Shipley, etc.) required;
  • Familiarity in one of NCBA CLUSA’s core sectors: food security and agriculture, natural resource management, cooperative development, integrated youth and gender initiatives, and community-based health;
  • Experience working with USG solicitations required;
  • Exceptional writing, research, communications and organizational skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Experience being a team player and working under pressure to meet tight deadlines in a highly effective and collegial manner;
  • Sound judgment with ability to make timely decisions, exercise discretion and maintain a high degree of confidentiality;
  • High level of professionalism when engaging with colleagues, external stakeholders and partners;
  • Ability to work independently and complete high-quality assignments
  • Willingness to travel internationally up to 20%
  • Spanish, French, Portuguese and/or other relevant language knowledge preferred;
  • Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and/or Southeast Asia.

About the Organization

NCBA CLUSA is the primary voice in the United States for people who use cooperatives to build a better world. By strengthening cooperatives, building resilient communities and providing economic opportunities, NCBA CLUSA, through its international and US programs, works through the cooperatives principles in more than 20 countries. Since 1916, NCBA CLUSA has shared the cooperative advantage, highlighting the impact cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals, families and communities. Through its advocacy program, NCBA CLUSA educations lawmakers and promotes the cooperative business model, working with public and private thought leaders.

NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.

NCBA CLUSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all facets of employment, including the employment application and selection process. If you have a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a position at NCBA CLUSA, please send an email to Misti French or call 202.638.6222.

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