ICT4D Business Development Specialist II


Job Title: ICT4D Business Development Specialist II

Reports to: Senior Manager ICT4D New Systems and Services

Internal Title: Business Development Specialist II

Department: GKIM

Grade: 10

Location: Baltimore, MD (flexible – could be Europe or Africa)

About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary:

As ICT4D Business Development (BD) Specialist II you will lead the production of high-quality applications and proposals for funding in support of CRS’ engagement with institutional donors and initiatives involved in international development to serve the poor and vulnerable. Your knowledge and skills will allow you to provide specialized assistance for embedding technology in all dimensions of the BD cycle to cross-disciplines and cross-functional teams. You will help d rive our ICT4D innovation agenda and directly engage with external stakeholders cultivate and strengthen institutional relationships. You will be a member of CRS’ headquarters-based ICT4D team.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

Provide BD expertise in positioning, capture planning and proposal preparation for specific opportunities with institutional donors (government and inter-governmental award issuing organizations, as well as foundations, corporations and other awarding non-governmental organizations) with a focus on embedding the use of appropriate technology into relevant proposals. Lead and support proposal budget processes, working with technical staff, management and partner staff to integrate ICT4D inputs into a responsive, cost competitive proposal budget. Train and mentor staff, as needed, to improve their skills in embedding the use of appropriate technology in proposal development, representation to donor and partner organizations, intelligence-gathering, and marketing within their country program or portfolio. Support and guide identification of partners and negotiation of CRS’ role on proposal consortia, ensuring a competitive position for CRS that adheres to the agency’s partnership principles and strategic directions. Research, track and analyze new ICT4D opportunities and CRS’ competitive position within the marketplace. Support senior management to cultivate and strengthen institutional relationships with relevant institutional donors, partner organizations and other stakeholders. Work with appropriate staff to maintain data on past performance and corporate capacity, in order to provide timely information for proposal submissions. Actively contribute to CRS’ Business Development Community of Practice and advance CRS’ Business Development practices through contributions to strategic initiatives and resource development. Required Languages – Fluency in English required; Fluency in French preferred.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 25%.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience utilizing diverse, proactive strategies to competitively position his/her organization for new funding and productive institutional relationships. Demonstrated experience leading and producing competitive applications and proposals in programming contexts similar to CRS. Demonstrated experience developing budgets for a variety of donors including USAID, The Global Fund; experience with both cooperative agreement/grant and contract mechanisms desirable. Comprehensive familiarity with a broad range of institutional donor technical and cost requirements Experience with both USAID RFP and RFA funding mechanisms highly desirable. Familiarity with relevant institutional donor regulations, policies, procedures and priorities. Demonstrated experience managing teams and processes, leading teams to produce deliverables under tight deadlines and at exceptional quality. Experience providing remote support to diverse teams preferred. Demonstrated experience in ICT4D-enabled programming and business development. Experience engaging in innovation and tech ecosystems, including managing relationships with corporate partners Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in international development, international relations, or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Minimum five years of international development experience. Three years’ experience in a developing country preferred. Experience with ICT4D-enabled international development programming *Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

*CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer*

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.


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