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    Business Development Manager at Partners for Development (PfD)

    Jun 14, 2018

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    Partners for Development (PfD) is a global organization that partners with community organizations and others to adapt innovative but tested solutions to meet local needs.

    In all our programs, PfD delivers sustainable solutions to poverty via the participation of local organizations that take responsibility for and ownership of activities. Working with and through local partners results in lasting change. Our partners range from informal, community-based groups to local government agencies to businesses to national advocacy organizations.

    Business Development Manager


    Partners for Development (PfD) is recruiting for a Business Development Manager. The Business Development Manager will work with the Program Development Manager to substantively increase the volume of PfD’s donor revenues as per targets established in the Strategic Plan. This position will be based in PfD’s Nigeria office in Abuja and will require travel (estimated around 30%-40%).

    Job Summary:

    Primary responsibilities include coordination of proposals, working with country program office staff to execute proposal vision while adhering to RFP/A requirements and PfD proposal processes; serving as a writer on proposal teams (especially for non-technical chapters); supporting all stages of proposal recruitment; developing proposal budgets; and supporting the Program Development Manager as needed. The candidate will: support multiple, simultaneous new business efforts at different stages of the bid life cycle and provide day-to-day operational support to Program Development Manager, including tracking and reporting for senior management.

    Roles and Responsibilities:

    Business Development

    • Participate in proposal strategy, design, writing, and review sessions throughout the life of the proposal.
    • Handle proposal management and coordination of multiple bids, depending on bid size and complexity.
    • Work with PfD staff to prepare material for proposals, including meeting with potential partners.
    • Travel to establish relationships with the client, potential partners and/or local staff, gather operational information and country context, and analyze the competitive environment.
    • Serve as writer, drafting proposal chapters and annexes based on expressed needs.
    • Track compliance with PfD controls and proposal processes and procedures, troubling shooting issues as needed.
    • Participate in proposal review panels.
    • Use networks and contacts in support of pipeline development and the verification of specific new business opportunities. Undertakes desktop research, coordinating as necessary with other PfD staff members.
    • Responsible for relevant research and desk reviews for proposal prep.
    • Assist in the tracking of new business opportunities and updates pipeline.
    • Draft weekly Business Development updates for staff.


    • Tweet live from the PfD account from events or conferences.
    • Draft inputs for PfD’s social media accounts.


    • Manage logistics and administrative issues for business development travel.
    • Coordinate consultant database and consultant agreements.
    • Attend relevant events, conferences and meetings.
    • Complete other duties as assigned.


    • Relevant advanced degree in international development or similar field – MPH preferred.
    • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in international development.
    • Minimum of 2 years of previous experience in business development.
    • Demonstrated success in securing significant funding from public and private sources, including US Government agencies.
    • Field experience preferred.
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills (writing samples are required), and strong facilitation skills.
    • Must be a team player.
    • Self-reliant problem solver.
    • Ability to thrive in a multiple deadline, sometimes stressful environment.

    Reports to:  Program Development Manager

    Location: This position will be based full time in the Partners for Development Nigeria office. This position will likely require 30%-40% travel.

    Method of Application

    To ensure your application is reviewed, send cover letter and resume to with the subject “BD Manager Nigeria_NAME”. Applicants will be reviewed on an ongoing basis,

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