Save the Children is committed to high-quality design of programming, strong needs assessments, comprehensive evaluation of progress and impact; and thoughtful reflection on lessons learned. We frequently rely on short-term assistance which brings specialized skills and knowledge to these areas that drive our successful programs.
We are currently seeking consultants for both proposal and implementation needs, and seek qualified individuals to lead the technical writing for Save the Children's proposal needs and to provide input into the technical design, including program description, work plan, management plan and implementation plan of the project. This individual may also coordinate input of technical staff/writers on their technical narratives and strategies. As well, this person may be responsible for leading specific initiatives within a current project. Our core program areas include: public health, livelihoods, food and nutrition, gender equality, child protection and education, giving children a healthy start to life. Typical assignments last three to six weeks and may require travel to field posts.
What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Review the Notice of Funding Opportunity and all relevant documents related to the host country government strategies and programs, complementary USAID-funded and other donor programs, relevant projects and sector evaluations, and USAID's CDCS.
Participate in design and strategy meetings/phone calls with SCUS, SCI staff and partners.
Travel in-country and participate in the technical meetings with SC staff and other partners.
Work with HQ and country technical staff to prepare results framework, detailed proposal outline, and work plan.
Finalize details for preparing the proposal, coordinate with the people responsible for completing the work, and identify deadlines.
Be the lead technical writer compiling input from other technical writers including: Executive Summary, Program Description including the following elements:
Strategies and discussion of the activities under the principle components outlined in the RFA
Illustrative implementation plan and detailed first year annual work plan
Consultant will provide input into the M&E plan to ensure alignment with the technical narrative
Description of key staff (in coordination with HR at CO and HO level)
Lead the development of the one year and five year work plan.
Provide input to the management plan, including description of key staff, partner roles, relationship with USAID, and with partners.
Master's Degree in international relations, or related field with a minimum of 10 years of experience working with the development sector preferred.
Demonstrated experience preparing successful large, complex USG proposals
Prior experience in one or more of the following technical areas:
Food and Nutrition
Strong time management and organization skills, with ability to independently schedule and prioritize tasks and work under multiple tight deadlines.
Expertise in gender equality programming and training, gender-based violence prevention and response, adult learning and facilitation would be a plus
Experience working on various donor-funded programs, USAID and Global Fund ideally
Ability to work productively and successfully with a diverse range of staff and partners spanning multiple departments at headquarters and in-country.
Must be able to travel to the Country Office on short notice to support proposal development or project implementation and commit to a period of 6 weeks, including 2-4 weeks in-country, with continued support out of SC's HQ office in DC and remotely.
The consultant will report to the Technical Director of Program Opportunities, and will work closely with the New Business Development Proposal Manager, HQ and in-country technical leads in various areas, as well as country office program development leadership. Deliverables typically include a Pink Team Draft with a detailed technical proposal outline, two technical drafts, and one final technical proposal.
Qualified candidates will be contacted when appropriate assignments are available.
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children every day and in times of crisis transforming their lives and the future we share.
Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children's policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.
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