SNV Netherlands Development Organisation seeks to build a roster of Proposal Writers Global Assignment

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SNV Netherlands Development Organisation seeks to build a roster of Proposal Writers Global Assignment

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SNV Netherlands Development Organisation seeks to build a roster of Proposal Writers Global Assignment
The Hague
  • Netherlands

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consultancy contract

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SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical knowledge to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence. In its Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV more explicitly aims for structural change and scale in its programmes, as well as bringing knowledge and initiatives from different programmes together at country level to contribute to systems’ change. We will continue to position ourselves as a learning organisation striving for excellence and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline.  Over the last 5 years SNV has transitioned from an organisation dependent on core funding from the Dutch Government to one that successfully competes for project funding from a range of institutional funders and donors. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million and, over 1300 staff working in 25 countries. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and invest in operational excellence. For more information visit our website:

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Description of the Assignment We are advertising for experienced proposal writers, with a proven record of success, to contribute to proposal development with our key funders including the Dutch Government (DGIS), FCDO, USAID, SDC, SIDA and the European Union. As lead proposal writer, you will work with our in-house bid managers, technical leads and proposal teams. You will be responsible for developing high quality proposals. Your inputs will be based on the client’s request for proposals (RFP) and/or terms of reference (TOR), your knowledge of the sector, available background documents, design and technical workshops, and discussions with SNV’s technical staff. For specific proposals you may also be asked to facilitate storyboarding sessions and the project design process working with the proposal team and technical staff. Successful applicants will join SNV’s roster of proposal writers, from which our Global Business Development team can request services. Responsibilities The selected consultant will be responsible for writing and editing high quality proposals and tailored content, in full compliance with the requirements and quality standards of SNV and its key funders. Key responsibilities include: ·       Conduct research and background reading to familiarise yourself with the project,              and the specific donor requirements (request for proposals, TORs, and other                      published documents). ·       Harvest and analyse information, working directly or remotely with SNV technical                teams, formulating content and managing inputs through interviewing and engaging          with technical experts. ·       Write up the technical proposal, consolidating and integrating content, inputs and                write ups of relevant sections of the technical proposal from the Bid Manager, the              Technical Lead and the wider technical team. Create graphics and visuals as                      required. ·       Incorporate feedback on the technical proposal from the review process and                      strengthening proposal drafts by incorporating changes through an iterative review            process. ·       Prepare a coherent and persuasive document, ensuring text is written in high quality          English, and responds to the clients requirements including page length and                      document structure. ·       Review, edit, and fine-tune the final version of the technical response, ensuring                  overall coherence and structure, and deliver a well-structured, high-quality proposal. Additional tasks if requested: ·       Organise and facilitate the project design (storyboarding) sessions which follow                  straight after the kick-off meeting. ·       Support the Technical Lead and technical team in structuring the project results                  framework (Theory of Change, goals > outputs > activities). ·       Work with the Technical Lead to develop the project workplan or activity plan.


·       Between 5 - 10 years of proposal writing experience in international development.                  Experience in agriculture, energy and/or WASH considered an advantage. ·       Demonstrable successful experience in writing competitive, winning proposals for at              least one or more of SNV’s key donors. ·       Knowledge and work experience in Asia or Africa, ideally in countries SNV currently                operates in. ·       Solid experience in working with technical experts (in team settings or remotely) and               synthesising large volumes of complex information into well-structured technical                     responses. ·       Detail oriented, with strong organisational skills and an ability to work under tight                    deadlines. ·       Excellent communicator, experienced and able to work effectively in teams, culturally              aware and used to working in an international setting. ·         Clear and concise writing skills in English; able to structure arguments plausibly to                   balance technical accuracy with plain language.     Additional Information

Terms of appointment The selected consultants will be added to SNV’s roster of proposal writers. The consultant may be contracted on a one-year retainer (framework) contract with Task Orders triggering specifics assignments. Each assignment will vary between 10 days to 40 days in duration. How to Apply Please submit your application via SmartRecruiters by July 6, 2021 Please send the following documents along with your application: ·       CV (3 pages max). ·       Short Bio (1 page) with the names and contact details of 3 referees, including a                  referee of an assignment for which the proposal was unsuccessful. Please also                  mention the organisation you wrote the proposal for.

  • Should you have worked for SNV before (as staff, consultant or proposal writer), please provide details of your engagement, including a contact person for each assignment.
  • An extract of a previous proposal you submitted (in order to ensure confidentiality, all contact details or title should be removed). Please note that a written test may be performed as part of the evaluation process.
  • Please provide an indication of your expected all-inclusive daily fee rate in Euros.

All information will be treated with strict confidentiality.  We will revert to you as soon as we have reviewed and evaluated your application. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

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