Business Development Specialist

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 February 2021
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Job Description

Country: Los Angeles, CA or Washington, DC Department: Resource Development Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

SUMMARY


The Business Development Specialist (BDS) will be a key member of the New Business Development (NBD) team and wider Institutional Advancement department. S/he will support International Medical Corps’ positioning for and pursuit of new competitive, complex, and strategic funding opportunities, with an emphasis on public, governmental, and institutional donors. S/he will work with technical, operational, headquarters, and field-based teams to guide prepositioning and capture planning processes for strategic country-specific, regional and global opportunities. The BDS will utilize his/her knowledge and skills of the business development cycle, combined with an entrepreneurial attitude, to offer specialized support to diverse teams and initiatives. S/he will provide overall management throughout the program and proposal development cycle to ensure bids meet high quality standards, are responsive and competitive. When feasible, the BDS will periodically travel for field-based deployments to support country programs with NBD initiatives and pursuits. This position will be based at one of International Medical Corps’ headquarters locations.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support country programs on strategic prepositioning efforts related to relevant technical sectors and anticipated funding opportunities, including partner and donor mapping, relationship development with key partners/stakeholders, guidance and preparation for donor engagement.
  • Contribute to the NBD team’s efforts to track, manage, and share information about priority donors’ business forecasts, pre-solicitations, funding strategies, proposal guidelines, and notices of funding opportunities.
  • Develop and manage relationships with strategic partners, including prospective prime and/or sub-awardee partner agencies, academic institutions and private sector entities; lead and coordinate the teaming process and negotiation of roles within proposal consortia; support team members’ preparation for and participation in relevant partner engagement.
  • Manage, interpret, and summarize donor solicitations, including eligibility, programmatic, and cost requirements to contribute to opportunity assessments, analysis of comparative advantage and decisions to pursue.
  • Provide comprehensive proposal management for an assigned portfolio, including developing and implementing capture planning and strategies, facilitation of program design workshops, as well as coordination of: resources and team members, technical inputs, development cost application, communications, teaming (with primes and subs), review processes, copyediting, and writing of non-technical sections.
  • Collaborate across technical and operational departments to evaluate and strengthen International Medical Corps’ proposed programmatic solutions and approaches to ensure bids are responsive to solicitations, score well against evaluation criteria, and incorporate competitive win themes.
  • Lead and coordinate the development of capacity statements and external communications material in collaboration with country program, global, and technical teams.
  • Represent NBD and the broader Institutional Advancement department on regional platforms, routine country program calls, and with other internal working groups as needed or assigned.
  • Manage special projects that support the growth of the NBD department and its multi-year strategy, as needed or assigned; projects may include developing new and/or improving tools and resources, procedures and processes, staff trainings, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.

Code of Conduct
As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.

If this is a supervisory position, one must set an example of ethical behavior through one’s own conduct and oversight of the work of others; ensure that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to follow the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct & Ethics; monitor compliance of the people you supervise; enforce the Code of Conduct & Ethics and International Medical Corps’ policies, including the Safeguarding Policy and the Protection from Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, consistently and fairly; support employees who in good faith raise questions or concerns.

It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk, or LGBTI individuals; and any form of trafficking in persons. Staff are also responsible for preventing violations to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any violations to the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Safeguarding Policy, you have an obligation to report.
Qualifications: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, International Development, International Relations, or related field. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Master’s Degree in relevant field desirable

EXPERIENCE
  • 7+ years of relevant and progressive experience in international program development and/or management.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and produce high quality competitive proposals for institutional development and/or humanitarian donors.
  • Demonstrated experience working with relevant technical sectors and key donors.
  • Experience with developing and working in consortia with strategic partners.
  • Experience in international programming focused on health, and/or related humanitarian assistance sectors desirable.
  • International field-based program/project management experience desirable.
  • Previous program design experience preferred.
  • Significant experience managing capture planning processes preferred.
  • Familiarity and past experience with a wider donor landscape, including, USAID/BHA, FCDO, CDC, GAC, EU, ECHO, SDC, SIDA, World Bank, UN Agencies, etc. a plus.

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

  • Strong familiarity with US, UK, and European governmental donors, including technical and cost requirements.
  • Knowledge of foreign aid architecture, including humanitarian and development funding mechanisms.
  • Demonstrated skills in coordinating, facilitating, and managing complex processes with diverse team members.
  • Familiarity with international development programming strategies and approaches.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Solutions-oriented and entrepreneurial approach to initiatives.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with ability to coordinate multiple projects with competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, creativity, acute problem solving, and analytical skills;
  • Strong computer skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally (20% - 50% based on need and feasibility of travel).
  • Familiarity with differences between humanitarian and development programming a plus.
  • Skills in data and information management a plus.
  • Skills in designing and facilitating trainings desirable.

Equal Opportunities
International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

About the Organization

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

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