Business Development Specialist II, Niger

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Job Description

Job Title: Business Development Specialist II, Niger

Job Type: Regular, Full Time

Job Location: Niamey, Niger

Reports To: Head of Programming, Niger



About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS’s mission is to save lives and alleviate suffering, accelerate the end of poverty, hunger, and preventable disease, and cultivate just and peaceful societies, always placing the dignity of the human person at the center. Among CRS’s key aspirations in its Vision 2030 is strengthening local leadership and empowering local communities and the institutions that support their development to be effective and impactful leaders.

CRS has been supporting program activities in Niger since 1991. Currently, CRS Niger has approximately 300 national staff and 10 international staff, with an annual budget over $30 million. CRS Niger implements multiple projects including: a USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs-funded DFSA project, a Global Fund nationwide malaria project, an EU Trust Fund migration project, as well as humanitarian response and recovery projects in Diffa and Tillabéri with funding from multiple donors. CRS Niger has sub-offices in Zinder, Diffa and Agadez.

CRS is renewing and reinvigorating its commitment to local leadership and accelerating this transition in Niger. CRS Business Development staff will play a key role in this transition, supporting new partnership models under business development opportunities, and providing direct support to local organizations in the identification and pursuit of funds (that may not result in direct revenue for CRS). CRS’s vision is to support the local Caritas and other local implementing organizations to pursue funding opportunities and to receive and then manage those donor resources directly.

Job Summary:

As Business Development Specialist (BDS) II you will lead the production of high-quality applications for funding in support of CRS’ engagement with institutional donors and initiatives in international development to serve the poor and vulnerable. You will also work closely with CRS staff working on local leadership, including the Partnership and Capacity Strengthening lead and the CR to support local Caritas and other local implementing organizations to identify and pursue funding opportunities based on their organization’s priorities, and strengthen capacity partners in resource mobilization. Your knowledge and skills will allow you to provide specialized assistance in all dimensions of the BD cycle to cross-disciplines and cross-functional teams.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee CRS Niger’s new and continuing business agenda including developing resource mobilization strategies for new sectors and/or donors, as well as leading the country program’s opportunity pipeline tracking and analysis, including portfolio trends, proposal submissions and performance, and growth projections. The BDS would also proactively consider new partnerships and partnership models in Niger under new opportunities, and would directly support key partners in the identification of opportunities based on partner strategies and resource mobilization priorities
  • Provide BD expertise in positioning, capture planning and proposal preparation for specific opportunities with institutional as well as non-traditional donors (government and inter-governmental award issuing organizations, as well as foundations, corporations, and other awarding non-governmental organizations); this would include reviewing new opportunities in collaboration with local partners so as to support them with positioning, capture planning and proposal preparation as desired.
  • Serve as proposal coordinator or other lead role in proposal team and participate in bid analysis and proposal review panels. Serve as a lead or support writer on proposals, as needed, contributing both technical and non-technical content and integrating inputs from staff and partners into a responsive, coherent proposal with a compelling vision and clear win themes
  • Lead and support proposal budget processes working with technical staff, management and partner staff to integrate inputs into a responsive, cost competitive proposal budget.
  • Train and mentor staff and partners, as needed, to improve their skills in proposal development, representation to donor and partner organizations, intelligence-gathering, and marketing within their country program or portfolio.

Required Languages - Fluent English and French

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 20%.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience utilizing diverse, proactive strategies to competitively position his/her organization for new funding and productive institutional relationships.
  • Exceptional writer with expert command of English grammar.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and producing competitive proposals in programming contexts similar to CRS.
  • Comprehensive familiarity with a broad range of institutional donor technical and cost requirements.
  • Experience with both USAID RFP and RFA funding mechanisms highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with relevant institutional donor regulations, policies, procedures and priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience managing processes, leading teams to produce deliverables under tight deadlines and at exceptional quality.
  • Knowledge of CRS programs, justice agenda and Catholic Social Teaching principles a plus.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None


Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

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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