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Development and Design Specialist


Job title

Development and Design Specialist




To lead proposal-development teams that may include internal as well as external members, and draft all or sections of high-quality proposals for institutional and private donors for amounts less than $5million. Support National Office positioning and identification of new opportunities. The role will report to the National Office GAM Manager.


Major responsibilities

Submit high-quality proposals:

  • Prepare Grant Synopsis and participate (by request) in the meetings of Go /No Go, with the GAM Committee.

  • Prepare and socialize with the GAM Manager, the work schedule for the preparation of specific proposals.

  • Lead the design process including the design team.

  • Ensure proper coordination with other internal areas, partners or support offices in the preparation of high quality proposals..

  • Draft all or parts of proposals

  • Ensure the official submission of the proposals, taking in consideration the rules and regulation of the different donors.

  • To monitor the process of approval of the proposal and signing of agreement.

  • Coordinate the transition of aproved projects to Operations for implementation.

  • Conduct regular meetings with WV Technical Advisors (Especialistas Técnicos) to assess proposals.

Support NO positioning & donor engagement

  • Provide inputs for the desing of the GAM Strategy,

  • Meet w/donors & partners when required to support organizational positioning

  • Obtain donor intelligence in support of proposal development

  • Identify funding opportunities with international cooperation agencies and /or host governments.

  • Support Technical Advisors (Especialistas Técnicos) in their donor engagement activities.

  • Collaborate with the liason officers and key Operations staff to plan major donor or donor agency staff project visits.

Support NO proposal-development capacity-building processes

  • Support on-the-job proposal-development training for Especialistas Técnicos (ETs) & other operational & support unit staff



Degree in development studies, economics, business administration, sociology, anthropology, international relations, or any other relevant field of social science.

Knowledge and skills

Development theory & practice

ODA donor landscape & trends

Propsal development – eg. Logframe, good writing skills

Budgeting & financial tracking/reporting

Good oral & written Spanish & English


5yrs grant acquisition & management or SO internship w/strong recommendation