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Business Development Associate
at Strategic Impact Advisors

Hours: Full Time

Location: Virtual/Remote



Strategic Impact Advisors (SIA) is a woman-owned, global consulting firm founded in 2014 with an enduring commitment to expanding access to digital technologies and applying economic analysis to drive decision-making. SIA works with clients that seek strategic approaches, innovative business models, and deep insights for using digital technologies and cutting-edge data solutions to solve complex development challenges. We assess market opportunities and business models, advise service providers on new digital product strategies, assist donors, NGOs, and financial service providers in leveraging digital solutions to enhance service delivery to customers, and support training and knowledge sharing to reinforce demand and supply-side initiatives. SIA differentiates the quality of its services by drawing on the range of professional experiences of its multidisciplinary team, which shape the creative, entrepreneurial, and exacting approach it brings to digital development.


We are looking for a Business Development Associate to join our team. The applicant should bring at least two years of experience in coordinating USAID, UN, and/or World Bank proposals and should be excited about helping build new business development systems and processes. The primary role is to coordinate SIA’s process of planning, preparing, and submitting proposals to clients such as USAID, World Bank, UN Agencies, and various NGOs. The Business Development Coordinator will also draft proposals, develop budgets, and contribute to business strategy, opportunity tracking, and external relationship management. The successful candidate will learn by doing, take the initiative to improve and grow our company, and thrive in a small team. The candidate will have the opportunity to build their expertise in digital financial services, mobile money/digital payments, financial inclusion, agricultural development, humanitarian cash transfers, private sector development, digital development, and ICT4D.



  • Lead and manage the process to submit proposals in response to solicitations, including completing proposal-related administrative tasks and collecting necessary documents for deliverables

  • Create proposal management plans and coordinate proposal development timelines with SIA team members and external partners

  • Draft innovative and responsive proposals that address donor priorities with input from partners, consultants, and subject matter experts

  • Work with the technical team to develop the methodology and present it in a graphically compelling way

  • Take responsibility for developing short- and long-term plans to implement goals and objectives, including timetables, task assignments, and budgets

  • Provide editorial and quality control review of outgoing proposals

  • Serve as the final check on compliance with proposal submission requirements

  • Identify new opportunities; Engage within and across the international development community to build positive relationships and new business leads

  • Monitor all relevant procurement sites for new opportunities and manage/track the SIA pipeline

  • Support teaming strategy development and teaming conversations

  • Propose and implement improvements to business development processes

  • Identify relevant workshops and conferences; create proposals for speaking engagements and presentations



  • Proactive, multitasking, self-starter; able to work well without constant supervision and direction

  • Team player with high accountability and integrity in all decision making; a collaborative communicator

  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills with very high attention to detail

  • Strong writing skills

  • Graphic design skills preferred

  • Comfortable working virtually

  • Excellent technology skills; proficient in Google Suite, Adobe, Asana, Slack, Microsoft Office

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree related to English, International Development, or Project Management with 2-3 years of successful grant/contract writing experience


What We Are Looking For

  • Experience pursuing proposal opportunities from donors in international development, including USAID, The World Bank Group, UN, and foundations

  • Experience managing business and proposal development responsibilities in a consulting and/or international development context

  • Experience in proposal management and attention to detail regarding proposal compliance

  • Demonstrated excellent technical writing abilities

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate with direct teammates virtually, in multiple time zones, particularly in a small business/start up environment

  • Interest in and ability to quickly assess, propose, and implement process improvements to business development operations and practices


How To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to with the "SIA – BD Associate" in the subject line.

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