Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Marie Stopes International is a global organisation providing personalised contraception and safe abortion services to women and girls. Our local teams of professionals are passionate about the work they do in communities across 37 countries. The services they provide give a woman the power to choose when she has children so that she’s free to pursue her plans and dreams for herself and her family.
All roles in MSI work towards furthering MSI’s Goal: The Prevention of Unwanted Births and its mission of ensuring the individual’s right to children by choice, not chance.
You will support country programmes to develop dynamic and successful proposals for institutional donors, both bi- and multi-lateral, private foundations, charitable trusts and host country governments. This will require the skill of an orchestral conductor – drawing in the contribution from a variety of teams to design programmes and ensure the delivery of successful bid. You’ll be part of a large, very supportive team, but you will lead on your projects. Your role will work with countries in the Pacific Asia regional portfolio. It will be part time (0.8) but will require flexibility with work hours as deadlines approach and during travel periods (approximately 10% travel).
This isn’t just any other new business development role – with such a clear focus on our mission, you’ll also become a technical expert and lead complex proposals and develop close working relationships with MSI country programmes.
We’re a growing team with members in the UK, the US and Australia.
This is a complex role and therefore requires a complex skillset. You’ll be a great writer, able to articulate complex programmes in simple clear language. You’ll be a problem solver and a project manager, keeping track of the many threads of bid development. You’ll be delivery focussed – this is a fast paced, pressurised role with multiple fixed deadlines.
You’ll need a strong background in international programme management, business development, or international development. Experience in international health and with bilateral donors including DFAT is also required.
Excellent written and spoken English is mandatory for this role.
In addition you will have the right to work in the Australia and be pro-choice on abortion.
For more information about the role, please view the job framework on our website.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Closing date: 23 December 2016. Earlier applications are encouraged and interviews will take place before this date (for suitable candidates).
Please apply on our website:
Please submit the following:
a cover letter which clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the Key Selection Criteria for this role; and
a CV that provides details of your previous work history and other relevant information, including at least two current professional referees.