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Technical Writer - Business Development

Company: Cardno, Inc.
Location: Arlington
Posted on: October 22, 2019

Job Description:

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Technical Writer will play a key role within Cardno s business development team, supporting new business growth through:

* Leading the technical proposal development for USAID/USG-funded opportunities, working closely with Cardno s subject matter experts/technical leads to communicate the strategic technical approach and demonstrate our capabilities to implement the technical approach.

* Co-leading the technical proposal planning and writing by facilitating brainstorming, storyboarding, and facilitating white boarding sessions; developing logical frameworks, win themes, and theory of change, and negotiating and communicating writing assignments.

* Facilitating the development of a clear, winning vision; ensuring responsiveness to solicitation requirements and client objectives.

* Participating in eminence-building efforts before and after solicitation release, traveling on marketing trips, and participating in regional/industry events.

JOB DUTIES

* Contribute to technical writing of proposals, including writing sections of technical proposal, and conceptualizes and contributes to the development of technical proposal approach and strategies for technical proposal applications and oral presentations/ interviews.

* Contribute to business development by identifying opportunities in new and current markets.

* Contribute to current and new technical services initiatives and assists in identifying new market spaces through eminence-building, marketing trips, and regional/industry events.

* Cultivate innovative ways of working by adopting multisector approaches, providing cutting edge, innovate approaches to program development.

* Generate high impact innovative ideas and confidently considers, introduces, and applies new approaches and solutions to complex problems.

* Anticipate trends and impact of economic and political environment on donor, partners, host governments, and client expectations and feasibility of options to respond and incorporate trends in proposal/ business development efforts.

* Implement strategic direction from a technical perspective, through lessons learned, successes, tools, best practices, and cross-pollination.

* Demonstrate effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.

* Contribute to the evaluation of strategic approaches with proposal team and provides technical assistance, training, and deliverables that reflect donor and beneficiary needs.

* Ensure deliverables match with engagement scope and client expectations and requirements.

* Follow strategic plan to ensure that changes implemented will be sustainable.

* Network ideas in Cardno s key areas health, economic growth, biodiversity, public financial management.

* Demonstrate availability, interest, excitement, and ability to share ideas and communicate with colleagues.

* Leverage strong organizational, technical, process, and communication skills to motivate a team.

* Show accountability for delivery of work and ensure timely delivery and overall quality of technical output in a fiscally responsible manner.

* With VP BD and other Technical Leads, forge partnerships and maintain excellent relationships with government, non-governmental organizations, private sector, and donors to implement the technical agenda.

* Create visibility and credibility to appropriately position Cardno for new and upcoming opportunities.

* Assist in publishing work in journals, through development of white papers, in internal Cardno publications.

* Assist in developing abstracts for conferences and other external events and upon acceptance, full development of papers and presentations.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

* Required: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, and 5+ years experience in developing proposals for USAID.

* Preferred: Master's degree in a relevant field.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

* Demonstrated understanding of USAID and USG.

* Experience working with winning technical proposals across at least one of the following areas: health, economic growth, biodiversity, and public financial management.

* Detail-oriented, strong thinker with ability to thrive in deadline-driven, dynamic environments.

* Demonstrated strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.

* Demonstrated skills in strategic development and competitive analysis for proposal efforts.

* Ability to produce writing and/or editing sample required.

* Fluency in written and spoken English required.

CORE JOB COMPETENCIES

* Ability to deal with Ambiguity.

* Ability to solve problems.

* Ability to prioritize.

* Ability to manage through systems.

* Ability to build and maintain useful and wide ranging networks of contacts at institution, country or regional level.

* Ability to quickly understand regional/country context and local sensitivities.

* Ability to build and maintain cooperative and productive relationships with an effective range of internal and external contacts.

* Ability to negotiate effectively combining logic and reason with interpersonal sensitivity.

* Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena: Translates technical knowledge into practical applications and contributions to area strategies.

* Navigating the Environment: Perspective; organizational agility; political savvy and strategic agility.

* Ensuring Delivery of Results: Functional technical skills, managing and measuring work, negotiating, information sharing, process management.

* Core Personal Competencies: Ethics and values, strong listening, presentation, writing and communication skills.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP on this URL https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/ofccpost.htm
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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