Business Development Specialist I/II

Democracy International, Inc.

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 70 countries.


Research, track, and analyze new business opportunities, competitive intelligence, and DI’s competitive positioning within the marketplace for USG and other donor grants and contracts;
Maintain accurate business pipeline and performance data to inform business development decisions and processes;
Design and implement business development plans for proposals and applications;
Provide business development expertise in positioning, capture planning and proposal preparation for specific opportunities;
Serve as proposal coordinator, technical writer, or other lead role in proposal team, and participate in bid analysis and proposal review panels;
Coordinate processes and communicate across DI project teams to ensure timely submission of high-quality proposals that are responsive to donor requirements and applicable regulations;
Ensure quality control across all proposals submitted to USAID and other donors;
Represent DI with USAID in written and verbal correspondence as required;
Work with appropriate staff to maintain data on past performance and corporate capacity, in order to provide timely information for proposal submissions worldwide;
Contribute to, disseminate, and model the use of standardized business development processes and resources (training/capacity-building materials, guidelines, tools and templates, and online information); and
Support and actively contribute to other corporate goals and priorities, as needed, including in thought leadership, innovation


Master’s degree in social sciences, such as international affairs, political science, conflict resolution, or related field;
Five to seven years of relevant professional experience;
Demonstrated experience writing proposals and applications for international development programs preferred, preferably for programs funded by USAID or the Department of State;
Experience and familiarity with technical and cost application requirements of U.S. Government RFAs and RFPs and funding mechanisms of non-USG donors highly 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 skills; and
Experience in democracy, human rights, governance, conflict-mitigation, crime and violence prevention, resilience, and/or related programming preferred.

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