US Government Partnership Specialist – Zambia
DAPP (Development Aid from People to People) seeks an experienced US Government Partnership Specialist (USG-PS) to be based in Lusaka, Zambia. This is a full-time position.
The USG-PS is responsible for developing relationships to the USG Agencies as well as US-based organizations and contractors working in Zambia. As part of his/her job, the USG-PS will be responsible for tracking and analyzing all new USG opportunities, guide the proposal process from start to finish and contribute to the technical writing process of competitive proposals and set-up of grant management systems for awards.
Essential Job Functions:
Prior to Solicitations
  • Work with DAPP’s Managing Director to build relationships with USG partners, including the USAID Mission, US Embassy as well as US organizations and contractors working in Zambia.
  • Collaborate closely with DAPP’s sister organization in the US: Planet Aid, to track and analyze any new opportunity and carry out all needed steps to develop highly competitive strategies and teaming arrangements.
  • Prepare for and participate in meetings with relevant USG Agencies and partners in Lusaka.
  • Develop tailor-made PPP’s to be presented to USAID’s technical teams and other USG implementing partners in all technical areas.
  • Prepare for and lead field visits with USG partners to DAPP’s project sites within the areas of health, education and agriculture.
  • Develop partner arrangements for specific opportunities, negotiate scopes of work and budget.
  • Draft and negotiate Pre-Teaming Agreements prior to solicitations become live.
Post Solicitation
Serve as lead on live solicitations. This includes the following tasks:
  • Meet with potential prime partners as well as sub partners and other stakeholder.
  • Negotiate final Teaming Agreements.
  • Contribute to the design process and win-themes.
  • Contribute to the writing process, either by being the lead-writer or contributing to the technical writing team.
  • Conceptualize technical illustrations for the proposal narrative.
  • Participate in reviews of the technical proposal section.
  • Provide drafts and integrating write-ups into a complete and compliant section ready for submission. This includes write accurate, responsive, compliant, and compelling text: (Technical Approach, Results Framework, Personnel Write-Ups, Management Plan, Branding & Marking Plan, Environmental Compliance etc).
  • Complete all sections of the proposal, carry out final compliance review and submit.
Post Award
  • Take part in establishment and writing the mobilization plan.
  • Analyze the award and establish list of systems to be developed / initial tasks to be carried out by the management team.
  • Taking part in instructing new staff in USD rules and regulations.
Required Skills & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Development or related field.
  • Excellent networking and communications skills.
  • 4-6 years’ experience in working with USG with demonstrable success.
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining new business from USG.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, particularly as they relate to assembling disparate pieces of knowledge and assumptions to form a clear picture of a client’s intentions before a solicitation is released.
  • Knowledge of USG rules and regulations.
  • Strong proposal writing skills.
Added advantage:
  • Knowledge of USG regulations as they relate to PEPFAR, Feed the Future and other USG priorities and programs.
About DAPP Zambia
A locally registered and managed Zambian organization, DAPP implements development  projects across all provinces of Zambia. We employ more than 600 staff and benefits more than 1.5 million Zambians annually.
DAPP’s programs focus on education, HIV and AIDS prevention and care, community development, food security and agriculture. The organization works in close cooperation with the Government of Zambia and with local and international partners to secure improved living conditions for communities and individuals.
Applications with detailed CVs and minimum 2 referees must be received by 14th April 2016 (please do not attach certificates and other documentation at this stage)
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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