Global Communities

  • Humanitarian Development Manager

    Humanitarian Assistance
  • Overview

    Global Communities is an international development non-profit organization. Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.


    Global Communities is seeking a Humanitarian Development Manager to join its Humanitarian Assistance team at the headquarters in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.


    The Humanitarian Development Manager directs humanitarian assistance proposal activities from inception to submission, including leading the development of program strategy and designs for USG, European and other donors, directing field assessments, writing technical sections, identifying and negotiating partnerships, and providing budget strategy across multiple technical sectors and geographic regions affected by emergencies. To this end, the Humanitarian Development Manager identifies and cultivates relationships with potential donors, partners and key personnel, as well as follows trends in technical and/or regional areas.


    The successful candidate has a broad background and experience in emergency response and/or transition programs and business development efforts with demonstrated success performing lead roles in program design and has a deep understanding of the proposal process.


    1. Leads new business strategy development and implementation.

    • Leads analysis of donor priorities, opportunities and trends to develop regional and/or crisis-specific business development strategies.
    • Identifies and analyzes new program opportunities for humanitarian assistance, working in close collaboration with field teams, other headquarters departments, potential partners, and external experts.
    • Conducts pre-capture and capture work, and recommends strategies to enhance competitiveness and increase organizational growth.
    • Enhances Global Communities’ competitiveness by continually expanding on, and refining, current humanitarian business development practices and processes.


    2. Leads field assessments following rapid onset emergencies.

    • Leads the planning for and implementation of field assessments.
    • Serves as team lead on emergency response teams.
    • Develops emergency response concepts in non-presence countries or in consultation with available field staff.
    • Recommends, initiates, and manages external consultant or technical expert resources in support of business development aims.


    3. Leads or serves on proposal teams.

    • As lead, identifies proposal team needs, defines team member roles, manages overall process to ensure a competitive bid is presented to the donor, and oversees team member inputs to ensure quality.
    • Engages internal stakeholders and proposal partners in developing and articulating strategies for technical approaches, partnerships, budgets, management, staffing, and M&E, and directs all aspects of proposal development to result in successful bids.


    4. Builds relationships with representatives of potential donors, clients and strategic partners.

    • Identifies new partners, sub-awardees/subcontractors, and/or donors to enhance Global Communities’ capabilities and expand programming.
    • Creates strategic external relationships with key stakeholders in the broader community in support of business development aims.
    • Supports and mentors relevant Global Communities program and field staff’s relationship building with donors and partners.
    • Represents Global Communities at meetings, conferences, and workshops.


    5. Undertakes all other duties and projects as may be assigned from time to time.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Proven track record of identifying, tracking, and leading winning awards from bilateral or multilateral humanitarian or international development donors.
    • Broad understanding of principled humanitarian action, emergency relief, and resilience objectives and sectors such as shelter and settlements, WASH, food security and livelihoods, humanitarian protection, or health and nutrition.
    • Expertise with USG (USAID/OFDA, USAID/FFP, USAID/OTI, and/or State/BPRM),UNOCHA, DFID or other large European donor proposal processes.
    • Familiarity with USAID RFA and RFP proposal processes.
    • Excellent critical thinking skills and sound judgment.
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and high level of organization and attention to detail.
    • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills, including ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders in a professional manner and resolve complex issues with competing stakeholders independently
    • Strong leadership skills, including ability to manage proposal development processes and oversee the contributions of others.
    • Ability to work in a cross-cultural, geographically-dispersed team environment.
    • Fluency in English, written and oral. Abilities in a second language preferred, particularly Spanish, French and/or Arabic.
    • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
    • Ability to travel to difficult and challenging environments on short notice, for short and long-term field assignments. Approximately 25-30% annually.
    • Ability to read and interpret documents and ability to sit at a computer and operate a keyboard.


    • Master's degree and minimum of 5 years’ experience with humanitarian donor proposal development required; or the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 8-10 years’ relevant proposal experience.
    • Specific USAID/OFDA experience highly preferred.
    • Demonstrated experience successfully developing winning concepts and proposals for emergency response.
    • Must have U.S. Work Authorization.


    Global Communities is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. EOE/AA - Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individual with Disabilities.


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