Senior Advisor, Global Health Technical Proposal Writer

Save the Children


Save the Children’s Department of Global Health (DGH) has strong expertise in a wide range of thematic (reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, nutrition, HIV/TB) and cross-cutting (social and behavior change, health systems strengthening, WASH, urban health) areas. The Senior Advisor, Global Health Technical Proposal Writer will participate in proposal research and program design and lead proposal writing efforts to expand global health programming, leveraging Save the Children’s global program experience and technical thought leadership.

In this role, you will bring relevant experience to lead and support U.S. government-funded and privately-funded opportunities, and will collaborate and coordinate closely with department technical and senior leadership and the New Business Development staff in the Department for Portfolio Growth and Performance. To achieve high-quality results, the Technical Proposal Writer is expected to be a successful proposal writer and team player. The Technical Proposal Writer is a critical position to advance the agency’s strategic growth whose actions will substantially contribute to Save the Children’s ability to competitively and successfully pursue and acquire funding, thereby increasing the agency’s resource base for children.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Program Development Resource Mobilization (90%)

  • Collaborate closely with DGH, New Business Development, Resource Development and Country Offices:
    • Lead and participate in capture planning and positioning for assigned public and private health opportunities.
    • Serve as technical proposal writer for assigned opportunities, collaborating with the Technical Lead and a variety of Technical Contributors to produce compliant and compelling proposal content that will yield the highest possible evaluation score from the donor.
    • Lead outline development and storyboarding process.
    • Write and refine the proposal sections and develop “one voice” that speaks to the reader, bringing the approach and key activities to life.
    • Review background information and interview stakeholders to understand the critical win themes, unique value propositions, organizational approaches, and standards that must be highlighted throughout the entire document.
    • Work directly with the Technical Lead to gather information and success factors that can feed into the proposal.
    • Engage with proposal team to prepare drafts for and respond to feedback from color reviews.
    • Conceptualize graphics, tables, and text boxes in order to emphasize strengths of the design and content within the documents.
    • Comply with solicitation requirements to ensure that final draft exceeds donor requirements.
    • Serve as a reviewer for assigned opportunities to ensure alignment with Save the Children approaches and donor criteria.
    • As needed, direct selected proposal development processes, such as developing proposal calendars; designing, leading, or participating in design workshops to develop program strategies and activities; and coordinating and editing of technical, capability, and management inputs.
    • Liaise and coordinate with sub partners to provide clear, complete, and timely instructions and feedback for proposal deliverables.
    • Liaise and coordinate with prime partners to produce high quality competitive proposals, ensuring timely and responsive inputs that maintain and strengthen Save the Children’s reputation as a partner of choice while effectively representing technical, managerial, and budgetary priorities.

Strengthen Program Development Capacity and Knowledge Management (10%)

  • Collaborate closely with Knowledge Management staff and technical leadership to strengthen DGH program development resources, particularly technical content, global, country and thematic capability statements, and project past performance references.
  • Identify and strengthen DGH program development tools and systems, specifically around technical content and materials.
  • Support program development capacity building of Global Health staff in Save the Children proposal processes and standards.
  • Ensure program development resources are archived, uploaded and available on intranet for ongoing reference.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 7 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated record of writing successful proposals and well-written, succinct technical documentation to support resource mobilization efforts
  • Proven knowledge of USAID and large foundation donor programming and technical procurement procedures
  • Development programming experience and perspective, including ability to work productively with a diverse range of country office staff, primarily in Africa and Asia
  • Experience in representing an organization externally with senior level international health professionals and current and prospective partners and donors
  • Demonstrated time management and organization skills, with ability to independently schedule and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Ability and willingness to travel to support capture and proposal development efforts in country offices, often on short notice, up to 20% time
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Health or a related field
  • Professional capacity in a second language such as French or Spanish
  • Knowledge of large private donor programming and procurement procedures
  • Overseas program work experience
  • Experience with USAID contracts is a desirable advantage


Save the Children is offering the following salary ranges for this position, dependent on candidate location:

  • Geo 1 – NY Metro, DC, and other locations with labor costs significantly above national average: Target Salary for this position is $108,800 – $121,600 base salary
  • Geo 2 – Locations around the US National Labor Cost Average: Target Salary for this position is $98,600 – $110,200 base salary
  • Geo 3 – Locations significantly below the US National Labor Cost Average: Target Salary for this position is $88,400 – $98,800 base salary

The salary ranges listed above are for US based candidates. For candidates located outside of the US, salary ranges will be based on the salary scales of the local employer of record.

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location (more information on job structure is available here). Employee may be eligible for an incentive program. Save the Children US also offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, a retirement savings plan with employer contribution, paid vacation leave, safety & wellness leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, caregiver leave, and much more.

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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