Proposal Manager, Public Sector Development Services

Location: San Francisco, Washington DC
Deadline: January 21, 2019

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

Public Sector Development Services (PSDS) supports The Asia Foundation’s public sector business development efforts by providing strategic, timely, effective, and efficient program design and proposal responses to bilateral and multilateral donors. PSDS works closely with the Foundation’s 18 country offices throughout Asia, San Francisco and Washington-based program specialists, and Financial Services to prepare high-quality proposals and provide advice and guidance on donors’ specialized requirements. PSDS prepares, reviews, and signs off on over 200 proposals each year.


The proposal manager will team up with program specialists and country office staff in program design and proposal writing and technical review at HQ (60%) and in country offices (40%). In drafting and/or reviewing draft proposals, the proposal manager is expected to be well-versed in political economy analysis of key development and governance issues, as well as have knowledge of current issues, events, trends, and practices pertaining to USAID, DFAT, and/or DFID programming. The proposal manager is also expected to be experienced in designing and writing proposals for contracts to USAID, DFAT, and DFID.

The proposal manager will serve as a lead writer for the technical approach areas related to the sectors in which The Asia Foundation works including governance, women’s empowerment, economic development, and environment; collaborate with program specialists and other subject matter experts to develop the technical strategy; develop proposal content that is in line with solicitation requirements; and revise drafts in response to feedback from the proposal team and other reviewers. The proposal manager will ensure that proposals are written in clear and convincing language, and will review and edit technical approaches, work/implementation plans, management plans, monitoring and evaluation plans, institutional capacity statements, and past performance sections. In writing proposals on a country assignment, the proposal manager will engage and advise country office staff, Foundation program specialists, and external experts in program design. The proposal manager will manage proposal development processes, conduct literature and industry or sector research related to proposals and donors, and lead proposal development teams for competitive proposals. The proposal manager must be a team player and be able to coordinate and work closely with all PSDS team members.


  • Minimum of five years of work experience in the field of international development or relevant field.
  • Specialized experience and/or training in the Foundation’s key sectoral and technical focus areas, particularly governance, rule of law, conflict management, and women’s empowerment highly preferred.
  • Strong program design and technical writing, particularly on proposals for contracts.
  • Proven leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Experience in analyzing new Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and Requests for Application (RFAs) opportunities from USAID; developing and writing clear, concise, and structured proposals for international donors in response to solicitations from USAID, DFAT, DFID and other bilateral and multilateral organizations.
  • End-to-end experience in writing clear, concise, and structured proposals for international donors, particularly contract proposals, including a clear understanding of how to strategically read an RFP, key roles and responsibilities on a proposal development team, and proven capacity to deliver high quality, winning proposals.
  • Knowledge of current USG and other donor trends and initiatives in international development funding, particularly related to RFPs/contracts.
  • Experience writing proposals in response to RFAs and Annual Program Statements from USAID is also highly desired.
  • Proven ability to use political economy analysis in program design.
  • Excellent ability to thrive in a sometimes stressful, deadline-driven environment while working with a closely-knit proposal team.
  • Strong cross-cultural skills, project/proposal management skills, and communication skills
  • Willingness to travel, often on short notice, for specific writing assignments in Asia Foundation country offices, which last for one to three weeks per trip.
  • Advanced degree in politics, economics, political economy, public policy, public administration, management, international development, journalism, or related fields.
  • Proficiency in the use of Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Acrobat, and other software to write, lay out, format, assemble, and package large, multi-author documents.
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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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