Project Development Officer, Financial Inclusion

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 8 September 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 10 July 2018

Job Description


Under general supervision of the Project Development Manager, support project development and new business development initiatives, performing and following-up on administrative, research, editing, monitoring and negotiating support functions. Function as a key communications role to support new business development. As a team member, assist in defining, implementing, streamlining and continually improving WOCCU’s project development, proposal presentation and new business development procedures, systems and processes to achieve WOCCU’s goals and objectives.



  • Conduct funding analyses and track donor trends. Research donor strategic objectives, country strategies, donor budgets, procurements/solicitations, and new funding announcements to ensure the timely receipt, investigation, and expression of interest for project bid documents from USAID, foundations (e.g. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MasterCard), and other bilateral and multilateral agencies (e.g., World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, UN, Asian Development Bank). Regularly review news and information sources and donor websites and forward relevant information items to appropriate staff.
  • Conduct research to a) identify potential project opportunities and funding sources, and b) gather country, background, and technical information required for project proposal preparation.
  • Work with other WOCCU departments as well as donors and bilateral and multilateral agencies to help identify new business opportunities and contribute to the prioritization and coordination of project proposal activities.

Proposal management:

  • Coordinate and track all business development activities: administrative, logistics, proposals, and marketing, and communications.
  • Participate in project teams, perform research activities and draft specific sections of proposals and concept papers as assigned.
  • Provide final editing, formatting, copying, binding, and packaging of proposal. Respond to last minute requests as needed to ensure dispatch of accurate and effective proposal materials.
  • Work with Human Resources to develop and maintain a database of potential consultants and candidates for project development and/or project director assignments.
  • Maintain WOCCU’s electronic and paper project development files.


  • Draft and edit marketing material: background statements, program briefs, social media posts.
  • Provide input into the website
  • Review and support communications strategy.

Management Support:

  • Provide administrative and logistical support to the Project Development Manager, as required. This may include travel reservations, clearances, routine inquiries and logistical work. Coordinate with other WOCCU staff, donors, NGOs, credit union organizations, and other parties involved in supporting new business development.
  • Provide administrative support in the contracting of consultants, including but not limited to preparing contract and budget, logistical support and follow up.
  • Assist in the preparation of project development work plans and budgets and track achievement of project development goals against the work plan.


To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:

  • Knowledge of USAID procurement rules and how to navigate procurement websites. Experience with other donors such as the World Bank, United Nations and the Gates Foundation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, international business, development, journalism, or related areas of study. Relevant Master’s degree is preferred.
  • 4-6 years related experience working in a proposal coordination position to include customer service, program tracking, report generating, external liaison, writing, and clerical support including knowledge of administrative and business procedures.
  • Demonstrable experience in international development finance, whether through previous jobs, internships, courses, or papers.

Language Skills: English fluency. Spanish and/or French fluency is preferred.

Computer Skills: Excellent Microsoft Office skills. Publishing and design software experience is helpful.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to outdoor weather conditions extreme heat and/or cold and working in unusual places. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit (occasionally for extended periods of time). The employee is frequently required to talk, hear, reach and stand; rarely required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

TRAVEL: Up to 30 days per calendary year; domestic and international.

About the Organization

World Council of Credit Unions is the global association for financial cooperatives with a network of 68,000 institutions in 109 countries. We work with USAID, the UN and the World Bank in: Haiti - digital outreach and affordable housing; Ukraine - credit union revitalization & agricultural lending; Kenya, Burkina Faso, Madagascar and Guatemala- agricultural finance and digital innovation; and Colombia - financial inclusion.

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