Business Development Director


Consilient (, is a research firm dedicated to delivering localized on the ground insights to the aid and development community. Rather than the traditional consultant based approach to research, we at Consilient believe the best work is done when a full-time team collaborates together in-country to deliver informed products across topical sectors. As such, Consilient delivers all its research products to the development sector, government, U.N. and donor clients with full-time locally based research teams.
Today, with a team of more than 75, Consilient is engaged in research activities across a multitude of sectors which include: Emergencies & Humanitarian Aid, Education, Food Security & Resilience, Gender Empowerment, Financial Inclusivity, Migration & Displacement, Livelihoods & Economic Growth, Social Protection, Health, Water & Sanitation, and Security, Stabilization, & Countering Violent Extremism.
We are always on the lookout for dedicated and ambitious staff who want to continue to learn and grow while taking on new challenges and responsibilities within the team.
Job Description: The Business Development Director will lead a business development team in the development of a BD strategy, opportunity identification, resourcing, and bid pursuits. This role will be part of the senior team and will include working directly with the managing director on the design and execution of a business development strategy. The role will have a distinct focus on medium to large-scale pursuits, with smaller BD pursuits remaining the mandate of local office structures. As this will be a new role within Consilient, the BD director will work with the managing director to shape and build out a BD infrastructure capable of strategically targeting and pursuing large-scale initiatives directly.
Our ideal candidate is a strong team player who can effectively lead and manage a BD team to set priorities and effectively deliver across concurrent work streams. They will have led large scale capture of MERL initiatives for multi-lateral and donor government programmes and have experience managing bids and a BD team. They will be highly organized with the ability to manage and hold to account a wider team.
This is a full-time position based remotely. The BD Director will report directly to the Managing Director.
Description of Main Duties:
�� Work with Managing Director on development and execution of a BD strategy;
�� Identify BD needs and resourcing plans;
�� Review and assess upcoming opportunities to develop winning offerings;
�� Lead capture of strategic pursuits;
�� Manage and work with an existing BD team to fulfill an overall BD strategy;
�� Coordinating input to proposals from BD and technical teams.
�� Supporting the development of commercial proposals;
Position Requirements:
�� Bachelors degree in relevant field with prior research experience (MA preferred);
�� Experience managing capture and the proposal process and resources for MERL bids;
�� Demonstrated ability to track opportunities, lead captures plans, and manage business development pipelines;
�� Demonstrated ability to manage proposals including analysis of RFP, translation into a work structure breakdown, schedule development and coordination of price proposal management;
�� Strong writing and editing skills to draft and improve submissions content and presentation;
�� Strong organization and multi-tasking skills;
�� Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
�� Attention to detail and adherence to timeliness.
How to applyPlease submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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