Senior Technical Proposal Writer

World Learning

Job Description

Celebrating 90 years this year, World Learning is a leading international non-profit organization committed to educating, empowering, equipping and economically transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries across the world through life-changing, system supporting technical interventions in Education, Development and Exchange. Through the School for International Training (SIT), the Experiment, and Global Development, World Learning partners with Governments, private sector, education institutions, foundations and individuals themselves, to expand high quality education, advance economic opportunity, and empower beneficiaries of all backgrounds and abilities to learn and lead in their own households, communities and countries through transformative, comprehensive programs. World Learning’s Global Development programs focus in 5 core Technical Practice Areas: Early Childhood and Primary Education, Secondary and Higher Education, Youth Workforce Development, Civic Engagement and Advocacy and TESOL/English for the Workforce. Through these 5 areas, World Learning’s Global Development work aims to inclusively reach the most marginalized with sustainable solutions that improve education, increase economic opportunity and empower youth and young adults to live more successful lives.

World Learning is currently seeking a Senior Technical Proposal Writer to join our Global Development Technical Team and lead in the writing and creation of a wide range of technical proposals to support our core Practice Areas. Working with the Senior Director for Education and Development and the Senior Technical Specialists, the Senior Technical Proposal Writer will lead in the creation of USG proposals in partnership with the technical team. This individual should be an excellent communicator, experienced writer, dynamic and self-driven individual who is passionate about being part of a global team of individuals working to improve the lives of those in need of assistance around the world and is able to manage the high level demands of writing and leading a USG proposal. Responsibilities would include participating in pre-proposal capture and contributing to research, information gathering, contribution in design, and writing of high-quality technical proposals in compliance with assigned RFPs/RFAs. The STPW will work collaboratively with the entire Proposal Development Team, with the support of the Technical Design Lead, Business Development Proposal Manager, Recruiter, Cost and Pricer and other contributing writers.


· Serve as lead writer for proposals and applications to USAID and other priority donors.

· Participate in technical design, including identifying and analyzing potential solutions in response to development challenges through desk research, stakeholder interviews, and ideation with specialists across the organization.

· Collaborate with specialists across the organization to build the evidence, local context, and analysis to inform and justify technical solutions.

· Write compelling technical sections that are compliant with bid requirements and tell a differentiating story of how the proposed approach will result in systemic change.

· Participate in quality control milestones and revise iterative drafts in response to feedback from reviewers.

· Ensure seamless integration of all inputs to the technical narrative, to achieve one voice.

· Contribute to continuous learning and strengthening business development systems, procedures, and capacities around proposal writing.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

· Master’s degree in international relations, international development, business, or related field and or a Bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of relevant experience

· Seven years of experience developing and writing successful proposals to USAID

· Familiarity with USAID requirements for proposal compliance and responsiveness

· Strong technical writing, editing, capture, and design skills

· Ability to synthesize large amounts of information into concise narratives

· Knowledge of competitive proposal processes and the role of a proposal writer in those processes

· Strong organizational management skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks, adhere to tight deadlines, and respond with flexibility in a fast-paced environment

· Strong knowledge in the international development field and competitive market in economic growth and Creative’s areas of technical focus

· Commitment to international development and a values-driven work environment

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

· Facilitation or storyboarding experience or training

· Expertise in gender, M&E, CLA, co-creation

· Proficiency in a second language

About the Organization

The World Learning Inc. Family

World Learning |

World Learning works globally to enhance the capacity and commitment of individuals, institutions, and communities to create a more peaceful and just world through education, sustainable development, and exchange. Our programs advance leadership in more than 150 countries.

The Experiment in International Living |

The Experiment in International Living is the most experienced provider of summer abroad programs for high school students. For more than 85 years, our immersive programs have allowed participants to explore the world in an authentic and impactful way, while developing enduring friendships through hands on cultural experiences and homestays. Students come away from The Experiment with invaluable cultural, interpersonal, leadership, language, and college-prep skills that help them thrive in diverse environments and careers.


School for International Training (SIT), founded more than 50 years ago as a training center for early Peace Corps volunteers, provides accredited undergraduate study abroad programs on all seven continents and global and low-residency master’s degrees focused on the world’s most pressing issues. Undergraduates on SIT Study Abroad programs engage deeply with a critical global issue—climate and the environment; development and inequality; global health; media, the arts, and social change; peace and human rights; or migration and identity—within specific cultural and geographical contexts. SIT Graduate Institute students get hands-on professional training in the fields of climate change and global sustainability, conflict transformation and peace and justice leadership, international education, sustainable development, and TESOL. All SIT programs are based on the experiential learning model and a commitment to social justice.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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