Director of Program Development- Technical Writer, Washington

Closing date: Thursday, 12 May 2016

Position Summary
This position is a senior level position within CNFA's Program Development department in Washington, D.C. reporting directly to the Vice President for Program Development. The Director, Program Development will take a leading role in the development of new business opportunities and preparation of technical proposals. Technical qualifications and program experience in agricultural development highly preferred.
General Job Responsibilities
  • Developing strategy, technical approach, and proposed results for specific proposals; this will include engaging with other CNFA technical experts as needed to draw on as much relevant knowledge and experience as possible to put together a winning offer;
  • Serving as lead technical writer on CNFA proposals;
  • Participating in the selection of best candidates for key personnel positions as needed, to align with technical requirements of the project;
  • Participating in the identification and selection of partners for specific proposals;
  • Mentoring CNFA staff in best practices for developing proposal strategy, approach, and writing clearly;
  • Traveling to the field as needed to research and prepare proposals 20 - 25 percent of time (this is an illustrative percentage; the position may require less or more travel depending on CNFA's needs)
  • Representing CNFA at meetings and conferences to raise its profile with clients and partners;
  • Working closely with the VP for Program Development to ensure proposal development practices and procedures are effective and efficient; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills & Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a field related to agriculture, or an equivalent combination of experience, education and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities;
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in international development;
  • Successful track record leading and authoring proposals;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills;
  • Excellent communication skills; superior writing skills a must;
  • Strong management skills; prior personnel supervisory skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in teams;
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
Interested applicants should submit their Cover Letter, CV and salary requirements to jobs@cnfa.org with the subject line: 'Director Program Development- Tech Writer'. This is an immediate and active recruitment with interviews of qualified candidates conducted on a rolling basis.