World Relief is hiring a Business Development Officer (remote in multiple locations): Apply Now!!


This is a remote role. However, eligibility is restricted to candidates authorized to live and work in the following countries where World Relief has a registered presence: Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Chad, DRC, Malawi, South Sudan, Sudan.

The Business Development Officer will play a critical role in supporting World Relief’s efforts to secure, maintain and grow a robust portfolio of publicly funded grants. The team member will: (1) lead researching and assessing World Relief’s strategic positioning to pursue new opportunities; (2) manage home office and country office-managed proposal development processes; and (3) model process improvement and capacity strengthening. The ideal candidate will have 5 years’ experience in developing high quality proposals for USAID and other technical donors and have a keen interest in developing new skills related to prepositioning and partnership development.

Role & Responsibilities

1.Market Intelligence and prepositioning

  • Conducts landscape analyses, trends and intelligence to identify most strategic partnerships in USAID, EC and other donor markets with a focus on fostering local partnerships.
  • Support technical teams to draft high quality positioning materials as necessary, including capability statements, impact briefs and fact sheets.
  • Support and promote donor relations; participate in calls with select donors, represent the WR at donor meetings as needed; and communicate relevant priorities to donors and internal WR units.
  • Lead the tracking of donor, potential donor, and umbrella websites for RFAs and proposal submission opportunities aligned to WR’s priority sectors or countries
  • Conduct background research on proposal opportunities to determine WR’s competitiveness and strategic positioning

2. Proposal management

  • Coordinate proposal development for primarily US Government opportunities, including capture strategy, management of proposal teams, calendars, and deadlines; strategy development with technical teams; partner identification and negotiations; recruiting; writing and submission
  • Drafts sections of concept notes and proposals and/or serve as a point of quality control for all proposals.
  • Collaborate with technical teams and HR to identify and assess candidates for key personnel positions on proposals.
  • Represents WR and works with TAs to deliver pitches in partner calls related to funding opportunities.
  • Liaise with finance teams to ensure standard budget allocations and relevant approval in proposals
  • Accountable for tracking the process from assignment (concept note, EOI, proposal development) to submission through business development tools & processes
  • Maintain and grow intelligence-gathering network and ensure effective communication and collaboration between World Relief’s longstanding Alliance partners, traditional collaborators, and others.

3. Process Improvement and capacity strengthening

  • Conducts After Action Reviews and captures learning to disseminate to wider organization
  • Develop and model the use of BD tools, templates, shared workspace and work processes that result in streamlined and efficient proposal development and teamwork
  • Ensure documentation and resources needed for proposal development are up to date and filed appropriately in the knowledge management system.
  • Through capacity-training and mentorship, build a strong internal collaborative system for proposal development.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Demonstrated success in developing high quality proposals for the US Government and other international agencies
  • Clear understanding of institutional donor priorities related to global health and humanitarian assistance – especially the priorities of USAID (BGH, BHA), State Department (BPRM) and UN Agencies.
  • Familiarity with building and managing consortia proposals.
  • Outstanding English writing skills and strong analytical capacity assessment, and planning skills.
  • Strong capacity for developing budgets for development projects
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office and familiarity with project management software
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills, ability to deliver when facing multiple projects with tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with the international development community and donor solicitation processes (US government agencies, European Government agencies, multilateral agencies)
  • Must be a self-starter, strongly motivated and interested in rapidly producing results


  • Mature and personal Christian faith
  • Committed to the mission, vision, and values of World Relief
  • Desire to serve and empower the Church to impact vulnerable communities
  • Able to affirm and/or acknowledge World Reliefs Core Beliefs, Statement of Faith, Christian Identity and National Evangelicals For the Health of The Nation document
  • University education in relevant field required (social sciences, applied sciences, business or similar). Advanced degree, preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in humanitarian and development contexts
  • 5 years of experience with substantive proposal writing experience with USAID, EC-ECHO, UN Agencies and/or other institutional donors.
  • Up to 25% domestic or international travel

World Relief offers a competitive benefits package (25 hours + per week):

– Medical, Dental, Vision

– Offer 16 company Paid Holidays + 4 additional Personal days per year!

– Paid Sick and Vacation Time

– Paid Parental Leave (12 weeks for qualified employees)

– FSAs: Medical & Dependent Care, & Commuter Funding

– Supplemental Life Insurance (employee, spouse, and children)

– Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, and Accident insurance policies

– Legal Shield Insurance

World Relief pays 100% for eligible employees:

– Group Term Life (employee, spouse, and children)

– Long Term & Short-term Disability

– Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)

– Long Distance Travel Insurance

– Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

World Relief – Retirement:

– 401K & Roth

– WR matches up to 4%, then an additional quarter percent up to 10%

– Eligibility: Full Time (40 hours per week) is eligible after 3 months of employment. Part time is eligible after 1000 hours in a year.

World Relief Discounts (Immediately Eligible):

– Verizon

– Pet Insurance through Nationwide

– Home and Auto insurance through Liberty Mutual

– Working Advantage Discount Program

– Active & Fit Gym Membership

World Relief is honored to be recognized with the Gold-level Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation for exceeding the core components of our well-being program including leadership and culture, program foundations and execution, and whole person health.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations

· The ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-15 pounds.

· Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read application information.

· The employee frequently is required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.


· General office setting. World Relief also offers hybrid and remote schedules for limited positions.

· Great lengths of time working on computer, reading from computer screen, entering information, standing at copier or fax machine, and some time on the phone or in virtual meetings may be required.

· Year-end archiving activities involve repeated lifting and bending.

· Physical, emotional and intellectual demands

· Equipment used: Employee computer (desktop or laptop), printer, and copier.

· All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform any other job-related instructions as requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all-inclusive and is always under review.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

For World Relief staff, strong commitment to the mission, vision, and values of World Relief is essential, and Christian faith is a prerequisite for employment, based upon United States federal guidelines provided in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Legal Background in the United States

World Relief is both an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization. World Relief strictly prohibits and does not tolerate unlawful discrimination against employees on the basis of person’s race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law, which does not conflict with the protections afforded World Relief as a faith-based employer.

In addition, physical or mental limitations will not be a factor in the application of World Relief’s employment policies or employee practices, except for those situations in which occupational requirement make consideration of such factors necessary.

Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 702 (42 U.S.C. 2000e 1(a) World Relief has the right to, and does, hire only candidates who agree with World Relief’s Statement of Faith.

How to apply

 Closing date>12 Jul 2024

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