Lead Technical Writer

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 December 2019

Job Description


Abt Associates seeks a Lead Proposal Writer to support continued growth in its International Development Division. The Lead Proposal Writer, under the direction of a Proposal Lead, leads the writing of high quality, compliant proposals submitted to federal government and other clients.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Serves as lead writer on capture and proposal efforts for USAID and other donors in areas including as economic growth, governance, agriculture, environment, and health
  • Develops key proposal products including annotated outlines, executive summaries, technical approach sections, and material to support oral presentations
  • Serves in other proposal writing roles including weaving text from different writers, writing proposal sections (executive summary, management, strategic approaches, past performance, etc.)
  • Participates in proposal strategy, design, writing, and review sessions with business development and technical teams throughout the life of the proposal
  • Edits technical proposals, focusing on improving readability by shortening sentences, eliminating redundancies, rearranging sentences to improve transitions, and clarifying exhibits and references
  • Provides training and mentoring to build the capacity of International Development Division staff in the areas of technical writing
  • Develops capability statements and other business development or marketing related documents drawing from existing materials
  • Be available to support non-proposal writing/editing tasks (including reports, marketing pieces, success stories, expressions of interest, country reports/briefing books, project reports, and others), as required (approximately 10% time)

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Knowledge of the international development industry and donors, specifically USAID
  • Experience writing winning technical proposals in the field of international development, with preference given to one or more of the following: economic growth and trade, agriculture and food security, environment, international health, research and evaluation, governance, and resilience
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Knowledgeable in using/adhering to GPO, APA, and/or Chicago style manuals
  • Ability to work autonomously and in team environment under critical deadline pressures
  • High level of proficiency in MS Office applications
  • Strong organizational skills that demonstrate a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Writing and/or editing sample will be required
  • Master’s degree in English, Journalism, or Marketing

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor with 10 - 12 years of relevant experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. www.abtassociates.com

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