Business Development Specialist I

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 November 2019

Job Description

Job Summary:

As Business Development (BD) Specialist I you will contribute to the production of high quality applications for funding in support of CRS’ engagement with institutional donors and initiatives involved in international development to serve the poor and vulnerable in DRC and RoC. Your knowledge and skills will allow you to contribute to improving aspects of the BD cycle for the country program.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to proposal development processes to ensure timely submission of high-quality proposals that are responsive to donor requirements, applicable regulations, and CRS’ technical and cost standards.
  • Contribute to writing on proposals and proposal review panels. Integrate inputs from staff and partners into a responsive, coherent proposal.
  • Coordinate with CP leadership the strategic direction, resource mobilization strategy and efforts to meet annual growth targets, and support the diversification of revenue from institutional donors and non-traditional funding sources to achieve CRS’ strategic objectives in DRC and ROC
  • Develop and implement capture plans to ensure CRS’ competitiveness for selected opportunities
  • Research new opportunities and CRS’ competitive position within the marketplace.
  • Help develop and maintain tools, guidelines, templates, communication materials, and donor intelligence information.
  • Track and report on proposal submissions; assist with analysis of successes and failures and dissemination of lessons learned. Assist in developing analytical reports for internal and external use, including portfolio trends and growth.
  • With the business development team and others, refine or create appropriate staff development materials (training, distance learning, self-study) to support building of capacity in resource acquisition, such as assessment and proposal development skills, basic elements of donor compliance, intelligence-gathering, etc.
  • Work with appropriate staff to maintain data on past performance and corporate capacity, in order to provide timely information for proposal submissions.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, international relations, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum three years of international development experience, with at least two years’ experience in a developing country.

Required Languages - English fluency, French proficiency.

Travel - include percentage of required travel, if applicable. Could be stated as Must be willing and able to travel up to 25 %.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture.
  • Good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally.
  • Good negotiation skills.
  • Very good communications and presentation skills.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Very strong writer with expert command of English grammar and AP style.
  • Demonstrated experience with competitive proposals in programming contexts similar to CRS.
  • Familiarity with USG funding mechanisms and proposal requirements. Specific experience with food aid programming and with non-USG public donors highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of CRS programs, justice agenda and Catholic Social Teaching principles a plus.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

Supervisory Responsibilities: none

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Deputy Country Representative for Programming, Head of Programming for Eastern DRC, Country Representative, Emergency Coordinator, other CP technical focal points, Finance Manager, Deputy Regional Director for Program Quality, Regional Technical Advisor for Business Development, other RTAs and PIQA staff, IDEA.

External: Business development officials of collaborating partner organizations; select donor representatives as appropriate.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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