Partnership and Business Development Manager

Heifer International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 05

Position description

The Partnership and Business Development Manager will contribute to the Institutional Business Department’s resource mobilization effort from institutional funders. Under the leadership of Managing Senior Director, the Partnership & Business Development Manager provides guidance and support to country offices in her/his assigned region. S/he will assist in Business Development capacity building of country offices and Heifer’s global program team and will also work with the Global Communications Department and other Programs teams to develop marketing materials for institutional audiences. In addition, s/he will develop and write winning proposals, assist and contribute to the development and implementation of research and learning agenda in Heifer’s Theory of Change, as well as contribute to the development and review of country offices’ strategies, programs and resource mobilization plans. S/he will also work with similar positions across the Programs Division, other divisions at Heifer International’s Headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, and country offices worldwide.


Organized, with attention to detail, excellent writing and communication skills, proposal design skills, proactive, excellent time management ability, fast learner.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:

  • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public.
  • Ability to prepare documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail.
  • Ability to speak and make presentations to small and large audiences.
  • Willingness and ability to work outside of normal US business hours.
  • Ability to develop and present training materials.
  • Lifting and carrying of up to 25 pounds (11 kilograms) floor-to-waist if able.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work cooperatively, tactfully and diplomatically with a culturally diverse group of people.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks with the willingness to be part of a cross-functional department.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to perform basic to intermediate mathematical and statistical calculations.



Organized, with attention to detail, excellent writing and communication skills, proposal design skills, proactive, excellent time management ability, fast learner.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in business development or international development or a related field with five (5+) years of related experience, of which at least two (2) years spent living and working in developing countries.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in international development or a related field with at least two (2) years of experience in international development with a focus on business development.
  • At least 4 years in similar role. Experience in policy, programmatic and administrative functions, experience in business development and partnership building, and exposure to developing countries is essential.

Most Critical Proficiencies:

  • Proficiency in basic statistics sufficient to analyze data.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Knowledge and exposure to U.S. Government procurement and policy–making processes.
  • Familiarity with and experience in responding to requests for applications/proposals, call for proposals, indefinite quantity contracts and task orders.
  • Knowledge of and experience with civil society organizations and networks.
  • Knowledge and experience in sustainable community development.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent training and partnership-building skills.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
  • Computer proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail and Internet (Microsoft Office Suite preferred).
  • Familiarity with major policies, policy-making processes, procedures and expectations of major donors, including United States Agency for International Development, European Union, Department for International Development, United Nations agencies like the World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, United Nations Development Program, and others.
  • Strong English language skills – oral and written. Proficiency in a second language (Spanish or French) desirable.

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