Posted on :
16 Aug, 2016
16 Aug, 2016
IFDC originated as a private, nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Alabama, United States.
In March 1977, IFDC qualified as a Public International Organization by Presidential Decree 11977. IFDC received widespread support, cooperation and backing from the global community for which it was created and continues to thrive upon its successes.
The New Business Development Officer (BDO) will support the IFDC North and West Africa Division to develop, manage and pursue new business opportunities that will result in increased revenue and impact. While directly reporting to the Division Director, she/he will work coordinate activities with IFDC’s Senior Development Officer in the Program Development Unit (PDU) based in Washington DC, to strengthen and improve IFDC’s methodologies, practices and systems for successfully developing new projects and funding. The BDO will conduct reconnaissance, design strategies and manage proposal development, coordinating the involvement of IFDC Country Directors and COPs, Science Officers and consultants. As lead proposal writer, the PDO will integrate inputs of other contributors in proposals that are being developed. The goal is to contribute to the Division’s process of producing well coordinated, streamlined, efficient, and high quality submissions, with high probability for funding.
Job Title: New Business Development Officer
Duties may include:
This position requires proven and effective written and verbal communication skills and the ability to apply those skills in project development, the negotiation process, and speeches/presentations while representing IFDC. This job requires the following:
DIFFICULTY OF WORK
This position requires an extensive experience and ability to implement donor/funding agency application requirements, policies, procedures, and reporting guidelines to present project proposals and fulfill contract obligations. The nature of this position requires the ability to prepare several proposals, speeches, and presentations simultaneously. Incumbent continuously interacts with Division Director in the development of technical proposals. The NBD officer is expected to possess, develop and expand a large network of contacts within relevant donor agencies, other development implementation organizations, academic and research institutions with expertise in the area of agriculture and food security.
This individual in this position must work to develop and keep current a business development plan for the Division, which identifies and prepares the Division to compete for sufficient levels of new funding to meet our growth targets. This position requires analytical judgment concerning the selection of projects on which to concentrate proposal efforts, as well as the application of various negotiating strategies in working with teaming partners and internal customers for execution of a successful capture strategy. The officer may be required to deliver speeches and presentations, and represent IFDC at conferences, meetings and other public events. He/she is expected to develop strategies in collaboration with members of the Division’s management team. Project proposals and presentations are typically reviewed for overall soundness by the Senior Development Officer, Division and the President and CEO. Undetected errors or failure to successfully fulfill requirements for proposal submission may result in unsuccessful bids which are both costly and demoralizing. The PDO’s work is critical to the successful financial soundness of IFDC as an organization.
PERSONAL WORK RELATIONSHIPS
Most contacts are made with staff, donors, funding organizations, governmental ministries and agencies, and clients to present IFDC capabilities. This position negotiates project proposals and works to obtain funding support.
PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
This position requires working in a normal office environment with no unusual physical demands or exposure to hazardous situations. Substantial international travel is also required.