Senior Strategic Proposal Advisor

United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)

This vacancy is now closed


About Us

MSI Reproductive Choices is one of the world’s leading providers of sexual and reproductive healthcare. We believe that everyone should have the right to choose. From contraception to safe abortion and life-saving post-abortion care, we are committed to delivering compassionate, affordable, high-quality services for all.

Today, our organisation has over 9,000 team members working in 37 countries across the world. Our success lies in the fact that MSI teams are locally led, entrepreneurial and results-driven, and are passionate about delivering high quality, client-centered care in their own communities. As a social business, we focus on sustainable delivery, efficiency, and funding models that are built to last, so that the women and girls we serve today will have a choice in the future too.

We know that access to reproductive choice is life changing. For some, it can mean the ability to complete an education or start a career. For others, it means being able to look after the family they already have. For everyone, it means the freedom to decide their own future, creating a fairer, more equal world. 

About the Role

The Programme Design and Development (PDD) team, as part of MSI’s Global Funding department, plays a critical role in securing new donor funding to drive the strategic growth of our global partnership. PDD works with MSI’s country programmes, donor leads, and technical teams to design programmes and develop winning proposals. The PDD team plays a pivotal role in supporting country programmes with strategic fundraising efforts and diversification of MSI’s institutional funding base. As a part of MSI’s PDD team, you will lead key elements of complex and competitive bidding processes for institutional donors, particular USAID and FCDO. You will work closely with the rest of the PDD team, donor leads, in-country, regional, and technical teams across the organisation to confidently manage partnership strategies, partner engagement, proposal-based recruitment, and management strategies.

You will lead on writing sections of proposals and coordinate elements of technical and cost proposals. You will strengthen MSI processes and capacity for proposal-based recruitment and other competitive bidding strategies, including mentorship and capacity-building to PDD team members and donor and regional teams.

About You

We recruit talented, dynamic people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, all united by a belief in our mission and a focus on delivering measurable results. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and are committed to creating a fully inclusive workplace, where everyone feels able to participate and contribute meaningfully. You must be open-minded, curious, resilient, and solutions-oriented, and committed to promoting equality, and safeguarding the welfare of team members and clients alike.

To succeed in this role, you must have:

To perform this role, it is essential that you have the following skills:

  • Proven track record of writing and managing complex, high-value, and/or multi-country proposals and securing grants and contracts from government donors;
  • Proven relationship building skills and ability to work jointly and effectively in cross-cultural settings and with a wide variety of stakeholders;
  • Demonstrate confidence in handling difficult situations
  • Solid analytical skills and ability to present complex concepts in clear and concise formats;
  • Exceptional problem solving abilities and ability to perform confidently under pressure;
  • Ability to take initiative and achieve results with limited supervision; • Strong attention to detail and follow-up;
  • Excellent people and negotiation skills;

To perform this role, it is essential that you have the following experience:

  • Demonstrated experience working in business development in international development or the humanitarian sector.
  • Experience in proposal writing and bid coordination for government donors, included demonstrated experience with USAID and FCDO;
  • Proven experience in managing complex proposal processes with multiple stakeholders under tight deadlines;
  • Proven experience in strategic planning and programmatic design;
  • Proven track record leading recruitment and management strategies for large proposals, including CV writing.
  • Proven track record of developing competitive partnership strategies and negotiating partnerships for competitive tenders.
  • Experience developing and reviewing budgets and understanding FCDO value for money frameworks.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to manage a heavy and fluctuating workload.
  • Experience in working with statistical and financial data.
  • Proven experience in representing the organisation with donors or other stakeholders.
  • Proven experience leading partnership discussions and negotiations.

Personal Attributes:

We seek exceptional individuals who are aligned to MSI’s mission and entrepreneurial mindset. You must be a strong communicator, self-motivated and solutions-seeking, committed to driving social change in an environment that measures sustainable results and impact at an individual and global level. You must be able to work effectively with and across diverse teams and be comfortable with ambiguity. 

For this role, we’re looking for an individual who is:

  • Pro-choice;
  • Team player, energetic, enthusiastic, and positive;
  • Quality-focussed and results-orientated;
  • Take initiative
  • Highly organised and action orientated;
  • Decisive and confident;
  • Resourceful and determined;
  • Determined to succeed;
  • Self-awareness
  • Willingness to travel required (approximately 10% travel).

For more information about the role, please view the job description and person specification on our website.

Location: London Support Office (hybrid working)

Part time: 21 hours a week, Monday to Friday (UK contracted hours)

Contract type: 12-month fixed term contract

Salary: This role will be banded within national context. Discretionary bonus + benefits.

Closing date 28th March 2023 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

For internal employees applying from an MSI country programme, the role will be positioned within the existing salary structure of the country. Local terms and conditions of the country will apply.

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