Business Development Specialist I - United States

Democracy International

About the organization

DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 80+ countries.

DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression.


Conducts tailored research on country context and academic research to identify innovative solutions,
Conducts outreach to international partners, local partners, and experts.
Conducts project design, leads proposal writing and editing, budget development, and cost proposals.
Organizes and supports meetings related to business development capture processes, and proposal after-action discussions.
Supervises and/or assists with recruitment efforts for proposal personnel positions.
Conducts identification of and, when appropriate, outreach to potential and current partners for business development as well as strategic outreach efforts.

Secondary Job Duties:
Contribute to, and in some cases lead the development of DI internal training related to business development.
Support mentoring and provide professional development for junior staff members and interns.
International travel may be required.


Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in social sciences, such as international affairs, political science, conflict resolution, or a related field;
Minimum of 3 (three) to 7 (seven) years of relevant professional experience required.
At least two years of demonstrated experience writing technical proposals and applications for international development programs preferred, preferably for programs funded by USAID or the Department of State;
Experience with cost application and proposal requirements of U.S. Government RFAs and RFPs required
Familiarity and experience of funding mechanisms of non-USG funding mechanisms desirable;
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and negotiation skills;
Demonstrated experience collaborating with and leading teams to produce deliverables under tight deadlines and of outstanding quality;
Strong analytical and writing skills;
Experience in one of the following: democracy, human rights, governance, conflict mitigation, crime and violence prevention, resilience, and/or related programming
Fluency in English, knowledge of a second language desirable;
Ability to travel on short notice if needed;
Ability to work a hybrid in-office/remote schedule at DI's home office in Bethesda, MD


$59000 - $70000

Application instructions

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and CV. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The starting salary range for this position is $59,000 - $70,000, commensurate with experience. DI is committed to attracting, hiring, and retaining the best talent, and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. DI will only contact candidates of interest.

All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

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