Senior Technical Specialist, Public Resources

Food For The Hungry, Inc.
  • Location
    Phoenix, AZ or Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 30

Position description

Values, Vision, and Purpose
At Food for the Hungry, we operate under a set of guiding principles we call “The Heartbeat.” This includes our Values, Vision, and Purpose, which serve as the explanation of who we are and how we work as an organization. Together we follow God’s call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.


Position Purpose

FH is seeking a highly motivated, original thinker and experienced proposal writer to serve as Senior Technical Specialist for Public Resources. The core purpose of the Senior Technical Specialist, Public Resources is to support the Public Resources Development Unit of the Public Development & Strategic Resources Officer (PDSR) Department to advance grants acquisition and management of opportunities from the US government. The Senior Technical Specialist will focus primarily on business development, including proposal writing by working closely with Programs, Relief and Humanitarian Affairs, and Learning and Evaluation teams in the design and performance monitoring of key U.S. Government (USG) projects. The role will focus on incorporating innovation and learning into the design of sustainable, high impact public funding proposals.   

This includes supporting New Business Development for USG opportunities and supporting the negotiation of relationships and partnerships with internal and external partners in the design and implementation of resource development approaches in coordination with key stakeholders.



*Please note: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Key Result #1 – Opportunity Development and Funding Growth. Support the Senior Director Public Resources in designing and developing USG funding strategy that aligns to the Unit’s strategy and the overall FH strategy and ensure that all funds complement, enhance or accelerate graduation of communities. (60% of time).

1. Support the design and writing of proposals for new business development funding for USG and other institutional donors;

2. Support aspects of new business development, identifying possible funding sources and new complementary partnerships for new programs (envisioned in concert with Programs staff) that are compatible with FH vision driven and strategic objectives;

3. In accordance with Unit’s Strategy and FH Strategy, support the development of an overarching three-year rollup plan for raising public resources for Child Focused Community Transformation (CFCT) programs and Humanitarian Relief (Humanitarian Relief will need to be closely coordinated with Relief and Humanitarian Affairs);

4. Support the implementation of the three-year rollup plan for raising public resources with the Grants team and coordinate with Programs Unit, Regional offices and field teams;

5. Support the visibility and positioning efforts related to business development to institutional donors by attending key meetings and events, arranging opportunities for senior leadership exposure to key partners, and seeking opportunities for FH to participate in or host events that showcase FH’s expertise and track record;

6. Investigate and pursue potential sources of USG public funding for CFCT and Relief programming;

7. Support the development of prioritized and approved opportunities that align to the values, vision and purpose of FH and coordinate closely with all key stakeholders in regard to each opportunity;

8. Ensure all opportunities are highly competitive and have a high chance of success;

9. Negotiate approvals for submitted proposals with public donors or partners;

10. Identify new and existing partners that will aid in generating winning proposals, keep a close relationship with donors and partners, and stay abreast of new donor requirements and new funding opportunities.

Key Result #2 – Participate in team-based grant assistance and support for programs funded with public resources in close coordination with key stakeholders. (30% of time).

1. Support and implement a team-based approach to provide both proactive and responsive grant technical assistance support to FH fields to ensure implementation is done according to donor approval and requirements;

2. Consult collaboratively with internal partners [e.g., Regional Offices, International Operations, Programs Unit (PU) staff, Finance Department, Human Resources, Relief and Humanitarian Affairs, Communications and Marketing, and Sponsorship in the external institutional relations and acquisition processes;

3. Work with Advocacy, Communications and Marketing Units to create and implement on-going marketing strategies to raise awareness of FH among potential institutional funding sources;

4. Work with the Grants Team to ensure that systems and processes are in place to monitor compliance with regard to donor reporting requirements, and together with appropriate, field offices, Finance and PQU staff, conduct regular periodic reviews of any program's grant-compliance status. Flag problems with sufficient time for FH leadership to make satisfactory corrective efforts;

5. Ensure the timely submission of all required reports to grant funding sources to the donors. Approve and sign off on such reports as appropriate;

6. Monitor and alert appropriate leadership team members on a.) potential internal problems or issues that would threaten continued funding, and b.) changes in the donor's mission/direction that could compromise the program's continuation without alteration. Work with appropriate Regional Offices, International Field Operations and/or other staff to minimize risk of funding loss when it is FH’s objective to continue the funded work;

7. In coordination with the Public Resources team, the grants team and other key stakeholders facilitate grant implementation start-up, develop training materials, and provide on-going grant technical assistance;

8. Support a team-based approach with all key stakeholders to provide prompt communication to the fields with regards to government funding;

9. Work with the grants team, programs, region and field (as well as consultants) to ensure that they are enabled to accomplish their responsibilities for providing grant support as needed;

10. Participate in the development of specific grant outputs including, but not limited to government funding, and in close collaboration with the grants team, programs, region, field, affiliates and partner organizations.


Key Result #3 – Participate in strategy sessions to support the Senior Director, Public Resources. (10% of time).


1. Participate as a member of the Grants Team;

2. Support grant strategy and execution with the Grants team and International Operations Teams (Programs, Region and field);

3. Provides periodic reports and other information to the Senior Director Public Resources for inclusion into Board reports as required, ensuring that such reporting is comprehensive, accurate and timely;

4. Provides review of quarterly reports from the field and upload them into USAID management information systems;

5. Attends team meetings as required;

6. Engages and manages relationships with contractors, consultants and vendors as necessary for the effective achievement of unit objectives. Oversee the provision of all out-sourced services procured by the Unit and monitoring performance;

7. Maintains up-to-date familiarity with FH safety and security procedures, code of conduct, protection, sexual exploitation and abuse protocols and all other formal organization-wide practices and procedures;

8. Participate in the development of the annual Grants departmental goals;

9. Participate in Government Funding initiatives and partnerships with other units of the organization;

10. Represent the organization as needed;

11. Assist the Senior Director Public Resources in other strategic planning or support activities as requested.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty/function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ and Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian foundation and beliefs as expressed in The Heartbeat: our Values, Vision, and Purpose;

  • Excellent proposal writing skills, including technical information for USG and other public donors.

  • Excellent people skills including warmth and sensitivity, conversational, able to relate to and effectively communicate with people from different cultures (at various levels within the organization);

  • Proven experience in generating and being successful in implementing strategic plans;

  • Strong leadership and organizational skills - capable of motivating and managing organizations or teams to deliver desired results;

  • Proven success in grant development strategy, design, negotiation, acquisition, and donor and partner relationships;

  • Effective communication skills- capable of articulating compelling strategies and action plans to a variety of audiences at all levels of the organization; able to balance listening and advocacy to achieve decisions that are well supported; gains leadership and organizational commitment;

  • Ability to interact positively with all levels of the organization and engage well across organizational and cultural boundaries;

  • Able to self-manage a diverse and dynamic set of responsibilities, proactively solve problems and / or suggest viable solutions while advancing goals and objectives;

  • Demonstrated computer operating skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Google platform, and virtual technologies such as Skype and/or GoToMeeting;

  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to plan and coordinate work, ensure the efficient flow of projects and processes;

  • Extensive global experience with institutional donors (US government funding preferable);

  • Ability to sit at a computer for up to 8 hours a day doing repetitive motions on a keyboard;

  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds above shoulder height;

  • Ability to travel up to 30% of time per year in the US and internationally, to insecure countries or locations.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) in International Development, International Affairs, Development studies, Nutrition, or Agriculture from four-year college or university is required; MA or MS in development or a related field is strongly preferred with a minimum five years post-graduation field experience in grant development and/or program implementation. A minimum of two years post-graduation experience in programmatic backstopping of USG-funded grants, specifically USAID, FFP and USDA is recommended; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supervisor Responsibilities: This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities. Where necessary however this position may supervise volunteers and consultants and indirectly will supervise field office staff during proposal development. The position is expected to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include participating in interviews, and training sessions for employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints, resolving problems, etc.

Language: Proficiency in spoken and written English. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations. Ability to present technical and programmatic information and grant strategies to donors and key stakeholders. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Other languages such as Spanish, French, or another official language are preferred.

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