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Proposal Writer

Company: Management Sciences for Health
Location: Medford
Posted on: November 18, 2023

Job Description:

About this role: This position works primarily on international public health proposals for various donors, including USAID. The Proposal Writer works with the Technical Strategy Lead, Principal Writer, Proposal Manager, and other proposal contributors to help ensure that final proposals are responsive to the needs of the client and reflect the technical strategy of MSH and its partners. The Proposal Writer will be responsible for drafting and editing sections of proposals, applications, requests for information, concept papers, and other procurement documents; researching background materials related to technical proposals; and working across the Strategy, Business Development, and Partnerships (SBD&P) team to contribute to MSH's overall proposal success. More specifically: Writing of proposals, applications, expressions of interest, and other procurement documents - 80%

  • Drafting: Draft sections of proposals as requested by the Proposal Manager, Technical Strategy Lead, or Principal Writer, which may include the situation analysis, management plan, personnel section, capabilities statement, or past performance references, in close coordination with the Principal Writer and Technical Strategy Lead.
  • Research: Contribute to identifying and reviewing background materials to use in writing technical proposals or to provide to other team writers.
  • Outlining: Develop annotated outlines for proposals in collaboration with the proposal team, working closely with technical experts, Principal Writer, and Proposal Manager.
  • Coordination: Coordinate with the Principal Writer and Senior Writer to make sure all deadlines for proposal drafts are met.
  • Rewriting: Help rewrite sections of proposals submitted by other writers, as assigned, including condensing sections to meet length requirements.
  • Capability statements: Work with proposal teams to draft institutional capability statements and past performance narratives.
  • Staffing sections: Assist other writers in developing job descriptions, biographical summaries, and CVs of proposed staff that accurately reflect their skills and accomplishments in relation to procurement requirements.
  • Quality assurance: Check that technical proposals are compliant, internally consistent, and appropriately address procurement requirements. Positioning - 10%
    • Support BD&P, GHSI, PDG, and field staff in implementing positioning strategies to strengthen MSH's likelihood of winning new business, including, but not limited to, intelligence gathering (desk research), analysis, and information sharing. Proposal editing - 5%
      • Edit selected proposals or sections of proposals, such as annexes, in accordance with the standards of BD&P. Document management - 5%
        • Assist the Proposal Manager and other members of the BD&P team in organizing and maintaining the latest versions of capabilities statements and other background materials for proposal development. QUALIFICATIONS What do you need to apply? MSH employs people of passion, we seek those individuals who dream of a better world. We look for professionals who combine experience, local knowledge, and an understanding of international best practices. Please include a cover letter with your application. Specific requirements for this role are: Education and Experience:
          • Bachelor's degree in English, communications, health sciences, international development, journalism, or related field. Postgraduate degree preferred.
          • A minimum of 6 years of writing experience with a Bachelor's degree (4 years of writing experience with a Master's), including at least 2 years in writing and substantive editing of international development-related proposals for clients such as USAID; US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; Global Fund, and others in a professional setting. Experience in international public health is highly preferred. Knowledge and Skills:
            • Good skills in persuasive writing and the ability to present technical ideas in a concise way that is relatively free of jargon.
            • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word and MS Sharepoint.
            • Ability to engage with technical experts and use information to craft easily understood language.
            • Ability to take in and process reviewers' comments and other feedback and make sound decisions about when to ask questions.
            • Ability to quickly research and identify factual information from credible, recognized sources.
            • Good editing skills. Knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style a plus.
            • Professional proficiency in Spanish or French a plus. Competencies:
              • A love of writing and crafting clear language, with careful attention to detail.
              • Flexibility, tact, and ability to work with diverse kinds of team members under tight deadlines.
              • Ability to perform well under pressure and in challenging environments.
              • Excellent communication skills, oral and written.
              • Self-motivated and capable of taking the initiative.
              • Strategic thinker who can work with Technical Strategy Leads and designers to help develop, refine, and convey strategies and themes. The expected salary range for this position is: $69,900.00 - $88,000.00 annually (U.S. locations only).
                MSH considers multiple job-related factors when determining an offer, including but not limited to, business and organizational needs, candidate qualifications, internal equity, location, and internal budget.

                Salary is just one of many aspects of our total rewards package; at MSH, our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive set of competitive benefits that includes a substantial vacation, sick and holiday policies, training and development programs, competitive insurance coverage for health, vision, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability, 401k plan, Flexible Spending Account, among others.
                The selected candidate will be able to work remotely in a country where they are authorized to work and MSH is registered. MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan. EEO is the Law - English EEO is the Law - Spanish Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Poster MSH EEO-AA Policy

Keywords: Management Sciences for Health, Medford , Proposal Writer, Advertising , Medford, Massachusetts

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