Development Coordinator, New Business Development Unit (NEW) Job Vacancy in Kenya - International Research and Exchanges Board

IREX is a global development and education organization. We strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people, and communities thrive. With a projected annual portfolio of more than $100 million and more than 600 staff worldwide, we work with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

IREX seeks a Development Coordinator to assist the New Business Development Unit in identifying, designing, and securing new programmatic and funding opportunities. The development team works across IREX’s Practices (Education; Communities and Governance; Information and Media; Youth; and Leadership) to produce proposals for US, Bilateral, Multilateral, and other donors.

This position will interact with the entire New Business Development Unit and other IREX staff (such as staff from Global Programs, broader SDG, Finance/GCO, and Field Operations) to support the proposal development process. They will be assigned to various individual proposals led by a proposal manager, who will provide supervision and oversight of tasks for that proposal. IREX’s NBDU typically works on a combination of 10-15 live and pre-solicitation proposals at a time. The Development Coordinator will provide coordination support to up to four proposals at a time and will provide ongoing administrative support for the team.

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Your Background & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 1-3 years of work experience.
  • Demonstrate commitment to a career in international development, with at least 2 years of professional experience (work experience may include a combination of part-time or internships); experience in business development strongly preferred.
  • Experience in the design and preparation of proposals for donor organizations, including USAID and other U.S. government agencies preferred.
  • Proven organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize, and maintain a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail in a demanding, time sensitive work environment.
  • Demonstrate capability to work independently and as part of a team, to take initiative, and meet deadlines within strict time constraints.
  • Knowledge in governance, civil society, media, technology, youth, or education development sectors preferred.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Comfort with numbers and budgets, and facility with Excel.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to professionally communicate with a wide range of partners, experts, and other contacts.
  • Ability to represent IREX publicly, including in person and through digital platforms.
  • Geographic expertise and/or proficiency in a second language preferred.
  • Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in English required.
  • Geographic expertise and/or proficiency in a second language preferred.
  • You must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States or Kenya.

Your Daily Tasks

  • Support all aspects of designing and preparing proposals in response to donor funding opportunities across all IREX practices.
  • Coordinate proposals for USG and bi-lateral donors.
  • Coordinate a combination of bids simultaneously.
  • Prepare written and visual components of proposals, to include drafting attachments and other sections of proposals as needed.
  • Assist with editing, proofreading, and formatting proposal documents.
  • Support the New Business Development Unit with administrative tasks as assigned.
  • Assist with data entry, cleaning, and management of Salesforce for the NBDU.
  • Monitor donor databases to identify potential funding opportunities for the New Business Development Team to pursue.
  • Conduct desk research on existing international development programming from donors such as USAID, Department of State, or other bilateral donors.
  • Conduct desk research into possible program implementation partners, new best practices or approaches to program design, as requested by proposal managers.
  • Organize research for use during proposals as requested by proposal managers.
  • Research potential key personnel
  • If requested by proposal manager, serves as main point of contact with partner organizations to coordinate proposal inputs and deliverables.
  • Draft capacity statements for ongoing or upcoming proposals.
  • Coordinate, attend, and takes notes at proposal design and review meetings.
  • Participate in partnership meetings with potential proposal partners, including with local, regional, and international organizations.
  • Assist proposal recruiters in recruitment of staff and preparation of staffing documents for proposals, such as CVs, biography paragraphs, letters of commitment, etc.
  • Research costing issues to inform accurate budget development.
  • Check budgets for accurate calculations (math checks) and logic, cross references budgets and budget notes for proposal.
  • Prepare cost applications for submission to donors, which includes budgets, budget narratives, standard forms, certifications and assurances, approval of subawards, etc.
  • May support or lead budget development as requested.
  • Other support duties as needed.

IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.

We conduct background checks on all successful candidates.

This position is eligible for Telework. The eligible employee is a regular, full-time DC or Kenya-based staff who works from a worksite outside the DC or Kenya office for one or more days a week.

This position is not eligible for Immigration Sponsorship.


EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/vets.

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