Team: New Business | Commitment: Career | Location: Washington DC

Lead Technical Writer

Position Summary:

This position is a senior level position within CNFA’s Program Development department. The incumbent will take a leading role in the development of new business opportunities and preparation of technical proposals. Technical qualifications and program experience in agricultural development highly preferred. 

General Job Responsibilities:

  • Developing strategy, technical approach, and proposed results for specific proposals; this will include engaging with other CNFA technical experts as needed to draw on as much relevant knowledge and experience as possible to put together a winning offer;
  • Serving as lead technical writer on CNFA proposals;
  • Participating in the selection of best candidates for key personnel positions as needed, to align with technical requirements of the project;
  • Participating in the identification and selection of partners for specific proposals;
  • Mentoring CNFA staff in best practices for developing proposal strategy, approach, and writing clearly;
  • Traveling to the field as needed to research and prepare proposals 20 – 25 percent of time (this is an illustrative percentage; the position may require less or more travel depending on CNFA’s needs)
  • Representing CNFA at meetings and conferences to raise its profile with clients and partners;
  • Working closely with the VP for Program Development to ensure proposal development practices and procedures are effective and efficient; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a field related to agriculture, or an equivalent combination of experience, education and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities;
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in international development;
  • Successful track record leading and authoring proposals;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills;
  • Excellent communication skills; superior writing skills a must;
  • Strong management skills; prior personnel supervisory skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in teams;  
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints.
  • Ability to travel internationally; and
  • Current US Work authorization.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S.

CNFA does not sponsor work visas.