Position ID: FY2013.PD.
Location: Bethesda, Maryland (HQ)
Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications
University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company that works to improve the quality of health care, education and social services in the U.S. and around the world. We provide technical assistance and field research to strengthen health systems and service quality by empowering health workers to find and expand proven and locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC, along with its non-profit affiliate Center for Human Services (CHS), is dedicated to expanding access to high-quality maternal, newborn and child health services, preventing and reducing infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; and improving family planning and reproductive health education. We also have expertise in social marketing, capacity building, and outreach to minority and other special populations on education and health-related issues. Our work spans over 30 countries around the globe.
Current key clients include the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Global Fund, the Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission (http://www.urc-chs.com/).
Roles and Responsibilities:
TheProgram Development Associate plays a key role and is an integral part of URC’s business and operations, working with all divisions and departments throughout URC headquarters to develop new business and provide public health solutions based on client requirements. Reporting to the Director of Program Development, the Associate may be working with either regional or field staff (domestically and internationally) based on a project’s focus and area of geographical implementation.
NOTE: The contract and grant application process requires that proposals be developed and reviewed under deadline. Therefore, candidates must be willing and able to work overtime occasionally and, at times, on a regular basis to communicate with national or international partners working based in different time zones and be able to meet firm deadline requirements established by private foundations or government agencies.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Apply public health (technical) knowledge, project management /administration skills to lead and coordinate proposal teams throughout the proposal process – from start to finish – in a fast-paced, production-oriented environment.
- Ensure that competitive proposals are submitted within specific deadlines in response to solicitations and unsolicited opportunities from federal and international governments, private foundations and corporations.
- Provide strategic analysis of public health-related solicitations, instructions, and other proposal related information.
- Prepare proposal outlines, establish timelines and milestones, and manage/monitor the entire proposal preparation process and submission.
- Collect relevant information as needed from URC senior management and technical (programmatic) writers.
- Write, edit and proofread sections of proposals, including situational analysis, background, corporate capability statements, staffing, management, and reviews of past performance so that the proposals transition easily and seamlessly throughout. Ensure past performance review statements are accurate and up-to-date.
- Work with all levels of technical (public health program) staff to write, update, and organize corporate capability statements for various sectors. Collaborate with staff in a variety of areas in the company to incorporate project achievements and results into corporate capability statements.
- Develop and implement evaluation criteria to ensure that proposals are responsive and tailored to solicitation requirements.
- Tap into professional networks to identify and build partnerships between URC and other organizations (American, international, and host country contacts).
- Ensure ongoing and effective communication among URC technical staff, external partners and collaborators throughout the proposal development process.
- Coach and train Program Development Assistants in effective marketing and business development procedures.
- Collect relevant information from senior management and departmental contacts for inclusion in proposal documents.
- Network with clients and collaborating organizations to expand operations in international public health and policy areas to include:
HIV/AIDS prevention, counseling & testing, treatment and care
Maternal and child health, including PMTCT
TB and malaria prevention and control
Reproductive and family planning
Orphans and vulnerable children
Child and adolescent health
Behavior change & communication (BCC), social marketing, and capacity building
Private-sector health initiatives and community-based health education initiatives
Other public health sectors, as identified
Required Experience & Qualifications:
You MUST be eligible to work for an indefinite period of time in the United States without visa sponsorship.
- Master’s degree in public health (MPH or MHS), international relations (MA), or related social sciences degree. Background in public health preferred.
- Exceptional research and writing skills. Writing samples will be requested.
- Two to four years of experience focused on public health writing and communication for internal and external clients. Previous proposal/grant writing or business development experience working with government and/or foundation clients highly desired.
- International “hands-on” work experience in developing countries (e.g., Peace Corps) preferred.
- High level of detail-orientation and sensitivity to completion of assignments, especially for team-based projects. Demonstrated ability to consistently and successfully follow through on commitments and deliverables.
- Knowledge of and experience with one or more domestic and international public health issues such as behavior change communication (BCC), social marketing, malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS – including people living with AIDS (PLWA) – prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), anti-retroviral treatment/therapy (ART), maternal, newborn and child healthcare (MNCH) and reproductive health (RH).
- Ability to work well in a fast-paced and sometimes high-pressure environment, keeping in mind deadlines and necessary deliverables to colleagues or partnering organizations.
- Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat to produce and deliver high-quality, well-formatted proposal documents to clients.
- Must be able to maintain professionalism and uphold strict confidentiality of URC’s business development plans, activities, and goals.
- Ability and willingness to travel for 1 to 2 weeks at a time to developing countries and work with field staff and/or local health workers and officials, as needed.
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Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.
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