Business Development Officer

from Concern Worldwide
Closing date: 29 Nov 2019


Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization committed to the relief, assistance and advancement of the poorest people in the least developed countries of the world. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern Worldwide has nearly 4,000 personnel working in 24 countries across the globe, reaching 24 million people in 2018. Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear; where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities essential to a long, healthy and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern.

Concern Worldwide US (CUS) is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide, with offices in New York and Chicago. CUS advances the Concern Worldwide mission through mobilizing financial and human resources, as well as influencing and activating networks in the US to elevate programs globally.

CUS has a growing portfolio of US Government (USG)-funded programs, which is currently comprised of awards from USAID, including the Office of US-Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Food for Peace (FFP) and others, as well as from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). We also implement a number of restricted grant awards from private foundations and corporations. The Business Development unit in New York provides proposal development support, coordination, and technical assistance to raise new business from USG, and also supports the Development team in pursuit of new business from foundations and private sector.


Concern Worldwide US seeks a highly motivated team player to help us raise new funds from and expand our partnership with USG to maintain and expand funding for Concern Worldwide’s global humanitarian and emergency response programs. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in a team that raises more than $40 million per year from USG, including strategy, proposal development, and negotiation with USAID and the US Department of State (particularly USAID’s OFDA and FFP divisions). As a member of the Business Development unit, the Business Development Officer will report to the Business Development Manager and work closely with colleagues in and across departments.


· Assist in the development of high quality proposals and supporting documents in response to solicitations, particularly for humanitarian and emergency response programs;

· Conduct thorough reviews of technical proposals, and support reviews of financial proposals with Concern US Finance team, to ensure they are programmatically sound, meet high copy edit standards, US Government compliance (including USAID and State Department), and solicitation-specific guidelines and deadlines, with a particular focus on proposals from USAID/OFDA, USAID/FFP, and DOS/PRM;

· Ensure all supporting documents in the proposal package, including budgets and other financials, are accurate, compliant, and submitted in a timely manner;

· Liaise with International Program Directorate in Ireland and Concern country program staff to provide guidance, support, and technical assistance on US government business development;

· Travel to strategic countries to assist with priority program and proposal development efforts key to Concern US and Concern Worldwide growth targets, as requested and jointly approved;

· Promote efficient communication externally as well as within the BD team to ensure effortless team function;

· Work with colleagues on the BD team to ensure the knowledge management system (e.g., SharePoint, Salesforce, etc.) is up-to-date;

· Collaborate with various teams, both in US office as well as worldwide, such as Communications, Development, etc. to support the achievement of Concern’s mission;

· Conduct other duties in the Programs or Development functions as needed.


· Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, public policy, or similar;

· A minimum of two (2) years’ experience working in international development, humanitarian, or social sector;

· Knowledge and experience of US Government business development processes, specifically those of USAID/OFDA, USAID/FFP and/or US State Department;

· Demonstrated track record in securing and/or managing US Government grants, including those from USAID/OFDA, USAID/FFP, and/or State Department;

· Proven ability to write clear, logical, articulate, and persuasive proposals, including cost proposals and budgets;

· Excellent English language editing skills and exceptional attention to detail;

· Demonstrated ability to multi-task and handle multiple and often competing deadlines, which involves working with colleagues in different time zones;

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office;

· Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and analysis, and present insights in a clear, concise manner;

· Strong interpersonal skills (e.g., facilitation and conflict management) and the ability to work in a culturally diverse team environment;

· Commitment to the work and values of Concern Worldwide;

· Eligibility to work in the US.


· Master’s degree in international relations, political science, public policy, or similar;

· Knowledge and experience writing proposals to raise restricted funds from private foundations and/or corporations;

· Ability to travel overseas on short-term assignments with minimal notice;

· Overseas living and/or professional experience;

· French or Arabic language skills.

How to apply:

Please submit a resume and a detailed cover letter describing an example of a US government proposal you supported and what lessons you learned. Your cover letter should also include your salary expectations for this role (mandatory).

We appreciate your interest working with Concern Worldwide U.S. Inc. Due to high applicant volume we regret that we are not able to send personalized responses to all applicants. Only candidates short-listed for a first round interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

All positions at Concern Worldwide US are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.