Manager, Technical Services and Business Development

Location: Washington DC
Job Code: 151
# of openings: 1


Your Principal Duties:

In your role as Manager you will leverage your expertise to support Making Cents International’s identification, capture, and implementation of projects across all of our practice areas: youth development; women’s empowerment; agriculture, food security and nutrition; entrepreneurship and enterprise development; financial inclusion; and workforce development. You will support the effective management of projects, contribute to technical services delivery through assessments and project design, and lead capacity-building activities where appropriate. For new business development, you will gather business intelligence on upcoming bids, contribute to capture efforts, and lead and/or contribute to writing proposals as a sub or prime contractor in response to USAID and other government, foundation, and private clients. Your interpersonal and communication skills will enable you to represent Making Cents effectively with clients and partners. Using your strong writing and editing skills, you will develop products that describe Making Cents’ technical competencies and project success stories. Success in this role requires a detail-oriented, proactive individual who enjoys working in a dynamic, small business environment.

Responsibilities include:

For Technical Services

  • Support technical service delivery through project design and capacity-building activities.
  • Acting as Project Officer, develop work plans for projects, identifying tasks to be accomplished, mechanisms for completion, and realistic client-focused timelines.
  • Orchestrate activities for assigned projects such as budget monitoring, level-of-effort utilization, invoicing, subcontractor management, deliverable tracking, and project documentation, confirming that activities are compliant with funder regulations and company policies.
  • Write a range of products, including briefs and reports summarizing key findings, recommendations for improvement, and practice-focused lessons learned.

For Business Development

  • Support capture and proposal development efforts, including communication with prime contractors and/or partner organizations.
  • Lead and/or coordinate the development, drafting, and finalizing of technical and cost proposals and budgets with input from technical staff.
  • Support proposal and BD consultant recruitment. 
  • Contribute to company’s new business development strategy. 
  • Maintain and develop new relationships with partners, public- and private-sector clients, and corporate/family foundations.
  • Attend conferences and networking events on behalf of Making Cents.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree.
  • Five years’ experience in international development.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Working knowledge of current issues in one or more of the following areas: women’s empowerment; agriculture, food security and nutrition: entrepreneurship and enterprise development; financial inclusion; workforce development; youth development
  • Demonstrated experience working on USAID proposal responses as a prime contractor or subcontractor, including participating in capture efforts and writing technical sections of proposals.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written English communication skills.
  • Demonstrated MS Office skills, including proficiency in MS Word and Excel.
  • Ability to work in the US without sponsorship.

Our ideal candidates are:

  • Experienced working on proposals for private-sector clients and corporate/family foundations.
  • Experienced managing projects that deliver services overseas,
  • Detail-oriented, flexible, and able to handle multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Able to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Exceptional writers, communicators, and presenters.
  • Experienced living and/or working in developing countries.
  • Proficient in one or more foreign languages (French, Arabic, Spanish).

Working Conditions:

Normal office environment, ability to travel in less developed countries up to 15% of the time required.

To Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter online through “Join Our Team” under the Contact section of Applicants are encouraged to apply early as interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Making Cents International is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

Company Background:

Making Cents International is a results-driven women-owned small business founded on the principles of social entrepreneurship. Since our founding in 1999, we have been fostering human potential and promoting economic opportunities for disadvantaged populations around the world. We have implemented more than 130 projects in over 60 countries to date and are a trusted partner to public- and private-sector clients who benefit from our expertise and broad industry exposure.


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