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Business Development Manager, Food Security and Livelihood

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World Vision is hiring a Business Development Manager to serve on the Food Security and Livelihoods Team within our International Programs Division.


01 At a Glance 

Role: Business Development Manager, Food Security and Livelihood (FSL)

Location: Washington, D.C. USA preferred; remote possible

Reports to: Director of Resource Development, FSL

Required Experience: Bachelor's degree, required. Master's degree in Agriculture, International Development or related technical discipline strongly preferred.  A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience. Experience with USG solicitation is required; substantive relevant experience in proposal development for other multilateral or bilateral donors may be considered within the years of experience sought.

Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the U.S.A. for any employer.

Travel: Up to 20% of the time, both in development and fragile contexts.


02 The Job: 

World Vision is looking for a Business Development Manager to provide day-to-day operational guidance and oversight on all aspects of positioning, bid management, and capture planning for her/his assigned funding stream portfolio.

  • Contribute to introducing and maintaining continuous process improvements that support innovative and responsive bid design, in alignment with WVUS’ acquisitions process.
  • Coach and support the Food Security and Livelihoods sector’s Business Development Managers to lead large and complex proposal development processes involving technical content and complex consortium partnerships.
  • Support the FSL Business Development Director and Senior Director to build and maintain relationships with donors, peer organizations, research institutions, and the private sector. Help carry out World Vision’s mission, vision, and strategies.
  • Personify the ministry of World Vision by witnessing to Christ and ministering to others through life, deed, word, and sign.


03 Your Responsibilities Will Include:

Positioning for Proposals

  • Support FSL BD Director to develop annual and quarterly forecast across all existing and potential public donors.
  • Liaise with Funding Stream focal points, Senior Technical Advisors, relevant WVUS teams and other stakeholders to identify and analyze relevant upcoming funding opportunities.
  • Support FSL BD Director in developing annual FSL Bid Strategy and targets.
  • Work with FSL Business Development Managers and WV Field Offices to develop and execute capture plans to ensure World Vision is well-positioned for future funding opportunities.
  • Grow and maintain strong relationships with assigned donors; including (in partnership with FSL senior technical advisors and program managers) regularly communicating project achievements, research
  • Cultivating long-term strategic partnerships with private sector stakeholders and peer development agencies

Portfolio Management

  • Manage her/his assigned FSL business development portfolio in coordination with Business Development Director to ensure revenue targets and other targets related to relevant FSL team strategies are achieved.
  • Provide regular updates and analysis to Business Development Director on FSL Business Development team portfolio performance.

Process Development & Improvement

  • Support the FSL Business Development Director in the development/adaptation of business development processes and tools relevant to the FSL team.
  • Through ongoing coaching, ensure the team and key stakeholders are adhering to processes and utilizing tools.

Strategy & Technical Branding

  • Provide annual updates to her/his assigned funding stream strategy; lead effort to socialize strategy with field offices and WVUS key stakeholders
  • Support the Business Development Director in the design, roll-out, and execution of relevant FSL strategies and workplans.
  • Remain up-to-date of industry trends and best practice and provide support and analysis to the Senior Director and Business Development Director in the FSL team’s revenue and thought leadership targets.
  • Where requested, act as a representative of the FSL team and World Vision to forward the FSL technical brand.
  • Build and maintain sustainable business relationships both internally with other business units and leaders, as well as externally with donors, multi-laterals, academic institutions and peer organizations


04 You Bring These Skills: 

  • Ability to lead a multi-cultural team of development professionals through complex proposal processes
  • Analytical skills
  • Organizational and task management skills
  • Ability to develop strong consortia partnerships
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Understanding of USG donors and their priorities related to food security and livelihoods
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong writing skills
  • Personify the ministry of World Vision by witnessing to Christ and ministering to others through life, deed, word, and sign


05 Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline or equivalent work experience (eight years). Master's degree in Agriculture, International Development, or related technical discipline strongly preferred.

In addition to education or education equivalent, requires work experience in international relief and development. Experience must include a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience. Experience with USG solicitation is required; substantive relevant experience in proposal development for other multilateral or bilateral donors may be considered within the years of experience sought.


06 Additional Skills We Are Interested In:

Fluency in a second language other than English, preferred. 

Specific experience leading Resilience Food Security Activities (RFSA), preferred


07 Where This Job Could Take Your Career: 

You’ll be part of World Vision USA as well as part of the larger World Vision International Partnership. Success in this role could result in promotion to Senior Business Development Manager. Globally, we have over 40,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries (~1,000 staff with World Vision US). As a Senior Business Development Manager you will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of WV, donor, and partner staff around the world. The role will allow you to deepen your experience and knowledge not only in business development but also in broader areas of international development. The SBDM position is a great stepping stone to higher-level management positions in the US and the field.


08 About World Vision: 

We're a global Christian humanitarian organization. We partner with children, families, and their communities to empower them as they reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For nearly 70 years, World Vision has followed Jesus' example to show unconditional love to the poor and oppressed. We serve every child regardless of faith.


09 Salary Range & Benefits: 

Your salary is important to you, so it’s important to us. Please share your salary expectations with us in the application process to get the conversation started. We also have a robust and comprehensive benefits package to round out our total compensation package. Click here to learn more.


10 What happens next? 

We review applications nearly every day assessing the strength of fit for the role. If questions arise on our end, we will message you to learn more. Short-listed candidates are contacted for an initial phone conversation with our recruiting staff. Moving deeper into our selection process you can expect to interview 1:1 with a hiring manager. Finalists normally participate in a panel interview where the opportunity to connect with additional members of our staff lends itself to more of a 360-view of the role. Our goal is to fill this vacancy with the right person in the shortest amount of time. All interviews will be virtual at this time.

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