Program Design and Strategic Partnerships Manager

  • Contractor
  • Bogotá Colombia
  • TBD USD / Year
  • GOAL profile

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Work Headquarters: Colombia or Honduras

Start month March

Will report to: Director of Program Design and Strategic Alliances

Unit to which it will belong: Design of Programs and Strategic Alliances.

GOAL Background

Mission and Vision

GOAL began operating in Latin America and the Caribbean in 1998, when the organization responded to the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, which left more than 10,000 people dead or missing, displaced hundreds of thousands and delayed economic development in the subregion by decades. In the years that followed, GOAL implemented a major emergency rescue and recovery program focused primarily on Honduras, which was the country most affected by the disaster. Following this relief effort, GOAL established a regional base in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from where it began to develop a broader program in the LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region to respond to the humanitarian needs of this disaster-prone region and address the root cause of vulnerability and poverty related to high levels of social exclusion and inequality. GOAL currently employs around 200 employees in the LAC region and implements projects/programs in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Colombia, Haiti, and El Salvador.

Program Design and Strategic Partnerships

The Program Design and Strategic Partnershis unit, focuses its actions on identifying, building initiatives, and following up on project initiatives until their approval-financing. The team facilitates the creation of new partnerships with local partners, national governments, private sector, and consortium partners. It also contributes with the design of the country Programs or asist in the preparation of technical documents.

General summary of the Program Design Manager:

  • Support the Honduras and Colombia office in all matters pertaining to the grant portfolio, multi-donor contracts and with Donors and other stakeholders.
  • Support the Country Director (CD), Program Director (ACDP), Program Managers (PM) and Donor Compliance Manager and other staff members with functions related to the Programs Design and Strategic Partnerships Unit.
  • Actively involved in pursuing new donor opportunities; monitor donor trends; lead/collaborate in the proposal development process to produce high-quality concept notes and proposals in English or Spanish.

The Program Design Manager will support with the following functions or activities:

  • Assess potential opportunities.
  • Organize design meetings.
  • Work plans.
  • Coordinate with the Country Coordinator for Colombia, the Deputy Regional Director, and the Programs Director to identify potential partners and facilitate the initial relationship for the proposal design.
  • Request inputs and follow up with key members of the team for the proposal design.
  • Ensure a timely update of the funding pipeline for Colombia and the action plan for new businesses.
  • Tracking progress and research key areas to feed into the program design.
  • Support with concept notes and new proposals to different donors in collaboration with Headquarters and the Department of Labor.
  • It will be part of the harmonization of grant management approaches, systems, procedures and strategies at the level of both countries.

Essential functions of the Program Design Manager:

Proposal Development:

  1. Actively support the Country Office in seeking new funding opportunities by following up on calls from donors, RFPs, RFAs, etc. and distributing information to relevant staff (Opportunity Tracker).
  2. Actively support in the development of concept notes and high-quality proposals (RFP/RFA) in English and Spanish.
  3. Contribute to the logistics of grant opening meetings, grant closing meetings.
  4. Support in the presentation of new projects in global, regional or high-risk Project Review Committees (PRCs).
  5. Assist in the follow-up and updating on the site of the winning proposals team in Sharepoint (improve as needed).
  6. Support in ensuring that all the unit information is entered and updated in sharepoint.
  7. Assist in updating proposals and the reporting schedule.
  8. Have an involvement in donors and partners communication when developing proposals or reports.
  9. Be part of the Liaison Team with other departments to highlight and, when necessary, support in resolving identified grant management issue.
  10. Assist in the review or preparation of contracts and agreements.
  11. Support in the timely translation of the request for proposals from English to Spanish for the technical team.

Other activities that the Program Design Manager is required to support:

  1. Review, edit the Bi-weekly Report with all inputs from relevant parties in the Country Office, and send the final draft to the Country Director for submission.
  2. Provide general support for the implementation of contracts to all offices.
  3. Actively support the management of consulting agreements.

Program Design Manager Profile:

  • Professional, Environmental or Social Sciences, Business Administration, Project Management.
  • Preferred Master (MBA, PM, Finance, International Cooperation).
  • Professional fluency 100% English both written and oral. (This will be evaluated).
  • Five or more years of experience working in similar positions.
  • Demonstrated experience in proposal design for some of the following donors: USAID, BHA, BPRM, EU, ECHO, Multilateral Donors, German Cooperation (GIZ, KFW, GFFO).

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in Spanish and English.
  • 100% professional fluency in English (oral and written).
  • Highly organized.
  • Methodical and strategic thinker.
  • Project management skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Leadership.
  • Public speaking skills.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Power Point, others).


  • The incumbent will receive logistical support (computer, cell phone) and transportation, when necessary for project activities.
  • The incumbent will have a physical space available to work in the GOAL office in Honduras or Colombia.
  • GOAL will provide the necessary biosecurity equipment to carry out the project activities.


Children and adults in vulnerable situations must be protected to the greatest extent possible from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failures that put them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and other harm. One of the ways GOAL demonstrates this ongoing commitment to protection is to include rigorous background checks and references in the screening process for all candidates.


Along with our Safeguarding Policy, GOAL is an equal opportunity employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offering a job with GOAL is expected to adhere to the following key areas of responsibility:

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures regarding safeguarding, the Code of Conduct, health and safety, data protection and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behavior protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or adult in a vulnerable situation, or any irregularities within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behavior by GOAL staff or partners.

How to apply

Interested candidates are requested to apply through the following link and submit their CV and Cover Letter (in English) no later than March 6th, 2024.


Applications will be reviewed and analyzed on a rolling basis (first come first served), thus GOAL may find the suitable candidate before the closing date of applications. GOAL encourages you to apply as soon as possible if you feel you meet the criteria.

Deadline: 6 Mar 2024

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