Bid Writer

London, United Kingdom
Apply by 18 February 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 8 February 2018

Job Description

Chatham House is looking for a creative, collaborative and experienced bid writer to lead on quality assurance for all proposal submissions for fundraising for new research projects and major discretionary and capital gifts.

You will lead on all quality control of submissions and manage the submission pipeline for proposals. This is an excellent opportunity to join a small diverse organization passionate about growing the quality and impact of our proposals which fund our work.

This is a full time position and we can offer flexibility in this role. We are seeking someone who shows initiative, is self-motivated and can work flexibly to meet tight deadlines.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and encourage diversity.

Principal Responsibilities

You will be responsible for the quality assurance for our internal funding bids and proposals, driving up quality and impact. You will act as an expert adviser to the organisation, providing guidance and support to improve and strengthen our funding bids. You will do this by:

  • Quality-checking proposals and bids drafted by Chatham House’s research departments to funding partners (including corporates) prior to submission for strength of project design and adherence to funder requirements, editing text, re-formatting and suggesting improvements and modifications where needed.
  • Highlighting issues or potential problems with draft bid applications, resolving them personally or flagging them with the appropriate research department as needed.
  • Ensuring good institutional approaches to monitoring and evaluation (M&E), impact assessment, budgeting, contract templates and governance of grants.
  • Providing technical knowledge of submission processes and proposal content for specialised bids including the development of project log-frames and applications to the UK Research Councils, EC Horizon 2020 scheme and similar funding sources.
  • Preparing targeted for specific capital gifts or discretionary funds, working directly with the institute’s Director/Deputy Director as required.
  • Oversee the monitoring of grants and submissions, looking for opportunities and potential challenges/gaps.
  • Collaborating and drafting bids for large-scale, cross-institutional projects with mentorship from the Deputy Director.
Line Management

You will have line management responsibility for one member of staff, and ensure they are fully supported and developed.

Essential Skills

You will have a broad knowledge of contemporary international affairs with a proven track record of producing informative and persuasive written proposals for policy-focused research projects.

  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent grasp of written English
  • Previous experience of fundraising from private foundations, major donors and statutory sources and a deep understanding of how to tailor proposals to different audiences
  • The capacity and willingness to work with multiple teams simultaneously
  • Capable of working independently to deliver tasks to a high standard within set deadlines
Desireable Skills
  • A relevant academic degree in Politics, International Relations, Economics or similar
  • The ability to compile and check detailed project budgets
  • Past fundraising experience for a similar organisation

About the Organization

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

We engage governments, the private sector, civil society and our members in open debate and private discussions about the most significant developments in international affairs. Each year, the institute runs more than 300 private and public events – conferences, workshops and roundtables – in London and internationally with partners. Our convening power attracts world leaders and the best analysts in their respective fields from across the globe.

Independent analysis

We carry out independent and rigorous analysis of critical global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities.

In 2016, Chatham House was named Think Tank of the Year at Prospect magazine’s annual think-tank awards, where it also won in the UK categories for International Affairs and Energy and Environment. The judges commented that the institute’s work is ‘reliably excellent’ and a ‘gold standard of knowledge and professionalism’.

Chatham House consistently ranks highly in the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Global Go To Think Tank Index, where it has been assessed by its peers as the No. 1 think-tank outside the US for nine consecutive years, No. 2 worldwide for the past six years and was ranked Think Tank of the Year in the survey published in January 2017.

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