Call for Expression of Interest: Roster of Independent Proposal Writing Consultant Experts

Posting Date
31 January 2018
Closing Date
Open until filled
Report To
Head of RM Section
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Job Summary

ICBA aims to establish a roster of experienced proposal writing experts, who could be engaged on short-term/retainer contracts for the preparation of proposals or concept notes, either in response to donors’ calls for proposals/expressions of interest or on an ad-hoc basis.

Job Responsibilities

Working in support and under the guidance of ICBA’s Senior Proposal Development Specialist, selected consultants will be required to:

  • Write (or rewrite) proposals or concept notes for ICBA’s scientists and specialists, ensuring that they are well-written, persuasive, concise, and presented in a structured and easy-to-follow manner;
  • Participate, when necessary, in the planning of approaches and pitches through teleconference with relevant ICBA staff;
  • Ensure that the way in which ICBA’s proposed projects address donors’ strategic objectives is clearly explained in the proposals/concept notes;
  • Research the contexts in which the projects proposed by ICBA will be implemented and reflect relevant information in the proposals/concept notes in a manner that provides prospective donors with a strong justification for funding ICBA’s proposed projects;
  • Develop or revise the theories of change, the results frameworks and, if requested, the budgets of the proposed projects;
  • Ensure that the final proposal/concept note documents are presentable and compliant with ICBA’s branding guidelines or the donors’ specific formats;
  • Work within time and cost constraints, ensuring that the final deliverables are submitted on time and meet ICBA’s quality expectations.
Qualifications and Experience

A prospective candidate should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent), preferably in development studies, communication, or another relevant field. A bachelor’s degree with a relevant combination of professional training, certification and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in proposal writing, preferably related to international agricultural research and development. Proven ability to draft/edit texts, articulating ideas in a clear and concise style, and develop theories of change, results frameworks and budgets for projects;
  • Previous experience with research institutions, United Nations agencies, NGOs or funding agencies in project development, appraisal and/or implementation would be an advantage;
  • Full professional proficiency in English; a similar proficiency in Arabic would be an advantage;
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and the ability to produce professional Word and Excel documents;
  • Pass ICBA’s selection/screening.


  • In-depth knowledge of the international agricultural research and development arena, with a focus on food/nutrition security, water security, livelihoods and/or resilience to climate change;
  • Ability to research, analyze and synthesize information related to complex development issues;
  • Familiarity with the requirements of key development donors;
  • Team player with the skills to coordinate proposal development exercises;
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented with the ability to work under pressure.


Qualified candidates are requested to submit the following to HR Section: (

  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Samples of original writing
  • Proposed daily rate and minimum notice period before commencement of an assignment
  • Three references

The expressions of interest should be submitted with the subject line “Proposal Writer”.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo an assessment.

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