Planet Aid Job Vacancy: USAID Proposal Writer - Elkridge, MD, United States

Experienced USAID Proposal Writer
Planet Aid seeks an experienced USAID Proposal Writer (PW).  The PW will be part of a dynamic team of partnership specialists based in Elkridge, MD. The PW must have extensive experience in the USG grant process, as well as a sound track record in USG proposal writing, thus being able to review and write complex proposals from start to finish.  Technical experience in the area of integrated health and/or agriculture and nutrition is a plus, but not a requirement. The PW must be driven, highly organized, able to juggle multiple priorities at the same time and manage the proposal development process from start to finish.

Throughout the proposal development process, the PW will cooperate closely with field and country teams to gather needed information including indicators, CV's, etc. The PW will write and edit proposals, at times assisted by other grant writers, and will be responsible for delivering the final product to the relevant USG agency.

In addition to USG proposal writing, the PW will carry out other New Business tasks, which may include:

  • Work with Planet Aid’s new business team to build relationships with USG partners
  • Track and analyze any new opportunity and carry out all needed steps to develop highly competitive strategies and teaming arrangements.
  • Prepare for and participate in meetings with relevant USG Agencies and stakeholders.
  • Draft and negotiate Teaming Agreements with partners.
  • Contribute to the design process and win-themes.
Job location:
The majority of time will be spent at our corporate office in Elkridge, MD, while a few days each week will be spent in Washington D.C.  for meetings with partners, networking events and/or conferences.

Experience Sought:
  • Basic knowledge of current USG trends and initiatives in international development funding
  • Excellent skills in analyzing new USG opportunities; RFA’s and RFP’s 
  • Strong USG writing skills and a systematic handling of the proposal process
  • Minimum 3-years experience with USG proposal writing (USAID or CDC)
  • Strong organizational skills and a systematic approach to solving challenges
  • End-to-end experience in writing USAID proposals, including a clear understanding of how to strategically read an RFA, key roles and responsibilities on a proposal development team, and proven capacity to deliver high quality, winning proposals. 
Qualifications Required
Bachelor degree or Master’s degree in international development or other relevant field.

Must have U.S. Work Authorization.

Compensation and benefits
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Our benefit package includes paid life insurance, company-subsidized health and dental insurance, voluntary vision and short-term disability insurance, flexible spending account, 401(k) plan and paid time off.
  • Closing Date: 20 Mar 2016
  • Qualified candidates should submit resume and cover letter to:
About Planet Aid
Planet Aid is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is best known for its yellow bins that accept clothing and shoes to be reused and recycled.  Due to its recycling program, Planet Aid is able to support development projects worldwide and is a registered Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Planet Aid is also a member of the Humana People to People Federation, and it works with and supports other member organizations in many developing countries.