Senior Advisor, Global Health Technical Proposal Writer
at Save the Children


Save the Children’s Department of Global Health (DGH) has strong expertise in a wide range of thematic (reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, nutrition, HIV/TB) and cross-cutting (social and behavior change, health systems strengthening, WASH, urban health) areas. The Senior Advisor, Global Health Technical Proposal Writer will lead proposal writing efforts to expand global health programming, leveraging Save the Children’s global program experience and technical thought leadership. The Technical Proposal Writer will bring relevant experience to write proposals primarily for U.S. Government-funded and some privately-funded health opportunities. To achieve high-quality results, the Technical Proposal Writer is expected to work collaboratively and iteratively with proposal teams that include professionals working across many locations and time zones. The Technical Proposal Writer is a critical position to advance the agency's strategic growth whose actions will substantially contribute to Save the Children’s ability to competitively and successfully pursue and acquire funding, thereby increasing the agency's resource base for children.


Proposal Writing/Program Development (85%) 

  • Serve as technical proposal writer for assigned opportunities, collaborating with the Proposal Director, Proposal Manager, Technical Lead and a variety of Technical Contributors to produce compliant and compelling proposal content that will yield the highest possible evaluation score from the donor.

  • Review and analyze solicitation requirements and donor feedback to ensure final versions meet or exceed donor requirements.

  • Review background information and interview stakeholders to understand the critical win themes, unique value propositions, organizational approaches, and standards that must be highlighted throughout the entire document.

  • Lead outline development and storyboarding process for prime submissions.

  • Conceptualize graphics, tables, and text boxes in order to emphasize strengths of the design and content within the documents.

  • Engage with proposal team to prepare drafts for and respond to feedback from color reviews.

  • For oral presentations and co-creation activities, draft materials including presentation scripts, slide decks, and succinct responses to donor questions and feedback.

  • Serve as a reviewer for other opportunities to ensure alignment with Save the Children approaches and donor criteria.


Strengthen Proposal Writing Capacity and Knowledge Management (15%)

  • Collaborate closely with Knowledge Management staff and technical leadership to strengthen DGH proposal writing resources, particularly technical content, global, country and thematic capability statements, and project past performance references.

  • Contribute to developing and updating donor- and partner-facing DGH marketing materials.

  • Identify and strengthen DGH proposal writing tools and systems, specifically around technical content and materials.

  • Serve as a coach to less experienced proposal writers, including staff in country offices, to provide constructive and actionable feedback on proposal sections and drafts, and foster increased global proposal writing capabilities; support capacity building of DGH staff in Save the Children proposal processes and standards.

  • Ensure proposal writing resources are archived, uploaded and available on intranet for ongoing reference.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 7 years of relevant experience writing global health proposals or working in global health programming

  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite

  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English, and ability to prepare written documents in fluent, donor-responsive American English

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally

  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging

  • Demonstrated record of writing successful proposals and well-written, succinct technical documentation to support resource mobilization efforts

  • Strong knowledge of USAID global health programming, procurement procedures, and technical proposal requirements

  • Strong time management and organization skills, with ability to independently schedule and prioritize multiple tasks

  • Willingness to travel to support capture and proposal development efforts in country offices, often on short notice, up to 20% time


  • Master’s degree in Public Health or a related field

  • International work experience

  • Training and/or facilitation skills and experience

  • Experience preparing polished slide decks and graphics/infographics for donor audiences

  • Knowledge of large private donor programming and procurement procedures

  • International work experience

  • Professional capacity in a second language such as French or Spanish


Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting fit for the position and resume to with the subject line "Save the Children- Senior Advisor, Global Health Technical Proposal Writer"