Program Advisor – Proposal Writer

May 23, 2019
Baltimore, Maryland
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified



Advisor will serve as lead or contributing writer on specific proposal opportunities and play a facilitation role in project design.  NPD Program Advisor will also enable Jhpiego to develop, implement and continually improve processes which improve the efficiency and effectiveness of proposal preparation.  This includes building Jhpiego’s capacity to assess consistent factors that contribute to our competiveness and consistently realize strong positive feedback from donors which result in new awards.


  • Serve as lead or supporting writer for technical narrative of new funding opportunities (open, competitive procurements as well as concept notes and invitations from donors), working with teams composed of technical and program staff to produce a proposal that is cohesive, responsive to the donor, and compelling.
  • Assures quality narrative following proposal-writing standards, including readability, consistency, and tone, weaving in text from different writers, eliminating redundancies, connecting ideas coherently which speaks with  “one voice”.
  • Lead and/or contribute to strategic positioning, design, and collate inputs from proposal team during the ‘leads’ development phase of upcoming procurements
  • Participate as a member of the proposal team to support the design lead and/or facilitate project design
  • Support conceptualization and creation of graphics (e.g., theory of change, log frame, conceptual framework) within the technical narrative, in collaboration with design lead, and orient teams as needed
  • Improve how Jhpiego approaches project design and writing to optimize competitiveness, responsiveness to the donor, and project outcomes and disseminate best practices and lessons learned to writers and design leads across departments
  • Lead and/or contribute to the establishment, improvement, and dissemination of processes, tools, and templates for writers that will help prepare detailed and responsive technical proposals
  • Serve in an advisory role regarding questions of strategy and organizational positioning for future business
  • Develop and/or lead special projects either within NPD, or with relevant staff appointed from each department, including global programs, information technology team, human resources and finance and administration
  • Help to identify factors that contribute to Jhpiego’s competitiveness and work with proposal teams to address gaps

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in public health, international development or relevant field
  • Minimum 8 years' experience in designing, developing, drafting, implementing or managing public health projects
  • 2+ years field experience in one or more regions (Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America)
  • Demonstrated success building and leading cross-functional teams of clinicians, public health specialists, administrators, and finance specialists prioritizing needs, developing action plans and executing initiatives
  • Strong ability to articulate cogent, concise and compelling proposal narrative from technical and programmatic design inputs, aligned with proposal win themes and organizational value proposition
  • Ability to efficiently assess responsiveness of narrative to donor requirements, identify and address gaps with core proposal team
  • Ability to effectively convey information about project needs, in many cases to those who might be unfamiliar with the details
  • Strong change management, results-oriented and decision-making skills
  • Experience and understanding of multiple donor frameworks including CDC, USAID, and private sector donors.
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple projects/tasks, short deadlines, competing deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Ability to interact with established networks of senior level international health professionals, donors, universities and other partners
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency in a second language (French, Portuguese, or Spanish)

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