HarvestPlus seeks a highly-motivated Senior Development Specialist to join our External Affairs team. The successful candidate will be innovative and ambitious, with experience crafting compelling donor-focused messages out of complex and highly technical information. The candidate will require exceptional and demonstrated knowledge in proposal and concept note development for bilateral, multilateral and private donors. The incumbent, working within the partnership development team, will be responsible for researching, writing and editing proposals and will work closely with program staff and country managers to develop final proposals compliant with donor requirements. This exempt position is a two year, fixed term, renewable appointment and is located at HarvestPlus headquarters in Washington, DC.
HarvestPlus improves nutrition and public health by developing and promoting biofortified food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals while providing global leadership on evidence and technology. HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by its 15 research centers in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. The HarvestPlus program is coordinated by two of these centers, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Specific duties include but are not limited to:
Drive creation and development of well-organized, donor-focused communications – from project concept creation with technical specialists to full proposal development – across global teams of multi-disciplinary staff
Develop detailed and strategic project budgets in collaboration with country office and finance teams
Perform analytics, research and writing to advise staff and senior management on strategy for donor outreach (bilaterals, multilaterals, foundations and individuals) and implementation, advocacy and research partnerships
Organize and draft donor reports, tracking progress and staff inputs across the organization
Collaborate and communicate across full HarvestPlus team, especially Country Managers and their staff, as well as global and regional communications, marketing and research teams
Supervise interns and staff as needed, including providing direction in the creation of database systems and document repositories.
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, plus a minimum of five years of relevant work experience, preferably including fundraising in international development
Highly effective and versatile communication skills--both written and oral. Ability to listen effectively and synthesize scientific/programmatic content for multiple audiences is critical
High level of professionalism, including being conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and communicating in a timely and responsive fashion
Self-motivated and comfortable in a global team, including working well with team members located in multiple time zones and countries. Candidate must be able to work independently to accomplish key goals and complete projects
Strong analytical skills with the ability to structure analyses that drive strategic decisions. Candidates must be detailed-oriented and comfortable working with log frames, indicators, budgets and technical public health/ agriculture information
Willingness and ability to travel to work with global team members and partners (potentially 2+ international trips per year).
International experience, especially in Asia and Africa
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Capsule, and donor databases
Background, or interest in, agriculture and nutrition.
IFPRI is one of the international agricultural research institutes organized under the umbrella of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The mandate of IFPRI is to identify and analyze alternative national and international strategies and policies for meeting world food needs in ways that conserve the natural resource base, with emphasis on low income and on the po...orer groups in the countries.IFPRI offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits. IFPRI is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence. We encourage women and developing country professionals to apply.