Senior Specialist, Proposal Development – Strategic Partnerships

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Reports to: Global Director of Strategic Partnerships
About Children International

Children International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization working to eradicate poverty around the world. At CI, we believe that ending poverty starts with children. Without help, children in poverty become adults in poverty. Our vision is to bring people together to put an end to that through programs focused on health, education, empowerment through life skills and, ultimately, employment. Ours is a unique, long-term, customized approach that allows us to stay with our children for the first two decades of their lives. We’re in it for the long haul because we know that the 200,000 children we support in 10 countries around the world deserve a fighting chance.

Children International’s work is made possible by generous and caring sponsors, donors, corporations, more than 9,000 dedicated volunteers and approximately 1,600 employees. To ensure our programs give children the best possible chance of breaking the poverty cycle, we are elevating our practices for growing our people talent worldwide. That’s where you come in.


Children International (CI) is seeking a talented and detail-oriented grant writer with international development experience to join our team in the role of Senior Specialist, Proposal Development – Strategic Partnerships. Candidates should be able to demonstrate exceptional skills in building proposals, technical content writing, developing grant budgets, and the ability to meet multiple strict deadlines.

The Senior Specialist, Proposal Development is responsible for developing proposals, budgets and reports for the Strategic Partnerships team, focused on institutional funders. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience in grant writing/proposal development for institutional funders within the international development sector and fluency in both English and Spanish is strongly preferred. Specific grant writing experience in youth employment/workforce development and/or health system strengthening is ideal.


  • Draft and finalize technical proposals and reports to support the Strategic Partnerships team, with new opportunities for both current and prospective partners.
  • Complete background research on proposal opportunities to help determine CI’s competitiveness and strategic positioning.
  • Assist in collection and analysis of information necessary for technical proposal opportunities the organization decides to pursue.
  • As assigned, serve as primary technical proposal writer, drafting, editing, and finalizing competitive proposals, budgets and reports.
  • Utilize writing skills to turn technical content into compelling and polished final proposals and reports that meet donor guidelines.
  • Work with Strategic Partnerships, Programs and Agency teams to customize, write and edit proposals for CI subject matter experts and partners to participate as speakers at industry forums.
  • Proactively help to monitor calls for proposals related to CI’s core program competencies for funding from corporations, foundations, networks and NGOs.
  • Work collaboratively, fostering relationships with Programs, Finance, and subject matter experts throughout the organization.
  • Create and maintain a content collection of frequently-used proposal responses as well as speaker bios for subject matter experts.
  • Assist with other technical writing projects as needed by the Strategic Partnerships team.
  • Strictly observe confidentiality and strong ethics with respect to all beneficiary information/financial and other organizational data.
  • Comply with and ensure adherence to the agency’s policies, safety and security protocols and child safeguarding norms and guidelines by self as well all stakeholders both internal and external.
  • Promote diversity and inclusion, value other cultures, and demonstrate respect while relating with all organizational constituents irrespective of their race, color, faiths, gender, sexual orientation, age, caste, disabilities, experiences, beliefs and ethnicity.
  • Minimum of BA/BS Degree in international development, public health or related field.
  • Must have at least 3 to 5 years’ experience in grant writing/proposal development for institutional funders within the international development sector. Specific experience in writing for programming focused on youth employability and/or health system strengthening is ideal.
  • Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills.
  • Ability to manage small and large proposal processes with multiple contributors.
  • Experience working collaboratively across teams and departments.
  • Demonstrated success in writing proposals that were funded.
  • Ability to work in a deadline-driven environment. Excellent time management.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Teams, and other online collaboration tools.
  • Strong analytical, capacity assessment and project planning skills.
  • Strong capacity for developing budgets for development projects.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and proactive work ethic with cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Domestic and international travel as required.
  • Two to three technical writing samples are required from applicants.

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