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PACT Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Advancement (PADV) – Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The (Integrated) Program Advancement team contributes to this by: Delivering on our promise to global quality and impact via integrated programs; Growing & diversifying our global portfolio integrating the private, public and social sectors; Promoting our work globally to influence the private, public and social sectors.

Position Overview

Senior Technical Writer and Editor for Global Programs sits on the Integrated Program Advancement (IPA) team, which is the organization’s technical arm, and reports to the Vice President of IPA. S/he will oversee the writing and editing team and serve as a lead proposal writer across Pact’s diverse geographic and technical portfolio, with special focus on one or more of the following technical areas: global health, governance, livelihoods and economic opportunities, natural resources management and capacity development. S/he will work collaboratively with Pact colleagues worldwide, including Pact’s field offices, technical experts within the IPA team, the opportunity development team, the communications team, and innovation staff to develop high-quality, responsive proposals. S/he will also have a proportion of time dedicated to contributing to Pact’s work globally to influence the private, public and social sectors.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support Pact’s pre-positioning efforts
  • Facilitate/support technical brainstorming sessions to set proposal strategy and criteria for successful development of donor proposals
  • Lead the writing of responsive, high-quality proposals in accordance with Pact and donor requirements
  • Collate, integrate, review, and improve proposal sections provided by the organization technical staff, consultants and partners, and integrate into the overall technical application ensuring technical rigor and responsiveness
  • Work closely with the proposal manager and cost lead to ensure alignment between the technical proposal, work plans and cost proposals
  • Support partner selection and engagement
  • Directly supervise a small team of technical writers and editors supporting proposals, project work, and thought leadership initiatives globally
  • Support the smooth handover of new projects from the proposal team to the project implementation team during start-up
  • Regional Directors, design and implement training materials and plans for headquarters and country office staff to improve their proposal writing skills
  • Basic Requirements

  • BA and 7-9 years or a MA with 5-7 years of experience in International Development
  • At least 5-7 y ears of progressive experience developing and writing successful proposals of more than $2 million
  • Experience writing successful USAID and/or DFID proposals
  • Experience in one or more of Pact’s technical areas (global health, governance, livelihoods and economic opportunities, natural resource management, and capacity development)
  • 3-5 years of experience managing a team of mid-level staff, including a mix of in-person and remote staff
  • Ability to travel between 30% to 40%
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and manage a high-volume workflow
  • Experience with a range of public and private donors
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with various team members, country office staff and in-country host government personnel, local partners, and donors
  • Experience building staff writing skills
  • Verbal and written French or Spanish fluency
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