Business Development & Programme Quality Specialist (Zimbabwe Nationals Only)

  • Contractor
  • Harare Zimbabwe
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Catholic Relief Services profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.

Catholic Relief Services

The successful candidate will lead the production of high-quality applications for funding in support of CRS’ engagement with institutional donors and initiatives involved in international development to serve the poor and vulnerable. His/her knowledge and skills will allow him/her to provide specialized assistance in all dimensions of the BD cycle to cross-disciplines and cross-functional teams. In addition, he/she will support the design, implementation and management of programming in the Zimbabwe Country Program (CP) through learning and evidence-based approaches for the local program portfolio including strategic investments in Health, Ag-Livelihoods, WASH, Climate change and Youth projects. His/her project management skills and knowledge will ensure that the CP delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming.

Business Development:

  • Provide BD expertise in positioning, capture planning and proposal preparation for specific opportunities with institutional donors (government and inter-governmental award issuing organizations, as well as foundations, corporations and other awarding non-governmental organizations).
  • Coordinate proposal development processes to ensure timely submission of high-quality proposals that are responsive to donor requirements, applicable regulations, and CRS’ technical and cost standards. Lead and support proposal budget processes and propose recommendations to develop a competitive proposal.
  • As appropriate, serve as proposal coordinator or other lead role in proposal team, and participate in bid analysis and proposal review panels. Serve as a lead or support writer on proposals, contributing both technical and non-technical content and integrating inputs from staff and partners into a responsive, coherent proposal with a compelling vision and clear win themes.
  • “Research new opportunities and CRS’ competitive position within the marketplace. Coordinate with CPs and BD colleagues to update the forecast and pipeline. Coordinate and prepare Project Idea Note (PIN) and proposal development team, including Technical Advisors, in advance of large opportunities.
  • Support senior management to develop CP Growth Strategy, cultivate and strengthen institutional relationships with institutional donors, partner organizations and other stakeholders.

Program Quality Management:

  • Working closely with the Head of Programming support/lead PQ efforts for the CP including the roll-out of PQ standards.
  • Working closely with the Head of Programming support/lead CP strategy development and reviews.
  • Provide support to the development and rollout of the Country Program Growth Strategy.
  • Support the management and implementation of activities in key strategic initiatives throughout relevant project cycles – project design, start-up, implementation, and close-out – to ensure efficient and effective implementation in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
  • Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Help establish a safe environment for the sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to possible deficiencies.
  • Coordinate the identification of staff capacity and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality project implementation.

How to apply

Those who meet the above criteria are invited to submit their applications together with a cover letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae that includes names and email addresses of three traceable references. Applications should be clearly marked with the position applied for, i.e., ***“Business Development & Programme Quality Specialist”in the email subject line.*

Please submit your applications by Wednesday, 31 May 2023, to The Country Representative at the following email address: [email protected]**.** Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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