Senior Proposal Manager

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24 days ago

Senior Proposal Manager

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a global challenge. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we periodically reassess our plans to reopen our offices. For the safety of our employees, our approach is tailored to the situation in each of the 30 countries we operate in. Travel is only conducted when absolutely necessary and safe to do so. Hiring managers will provide guidance on flexible work arrangements in accordance with country-specific safety policies.

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.


Conservation International (CI) is seeking a Senior Proposal Manager, ideally based in any CI Asia field office (preference for Singapore); The position reports to the Senior Director, Large Grants Capacity, of Project Delivery and Monitoring (PDM) Team in Arlington, VA with a dotted line reporting to the Senior Director, Conservation Partnerships for Asia-Pacific. This position sits within the Design Team of PDM. The Design Team is responsible for guiding CI project teams in project design and proposal development to secure large grants from all donor types, but mostly public donors. Public Donors include Multilaterals such as the World Bank, the UN system, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and bilaterals such as the governments of Norway, Germany, France, and the United States.

The Senior Proposal Manager will work with the Senior Director in the development of proposals for all CI public funding donors (including GEF and GCF CI Agencies), with emphasis on proposals from field offices in Asia. The Senior Proposal Manager will be responsible for guiding the design of the project, drafting text for proposals, and knowledge management for CI’s proposal process, such as creating, maintaining, and updating performance reports, stock text, and other internal resources required for developing public proposals. In addition, the Senior Proposal Manager will provide critical project management for the proposal development process for large public projects.

The Senior Proposal Manager will also liaise with the Senior Director, Conservation Partnerships in Singapore, who leads on public partnerships in the region supporting the proposal development processes for country offices and regional teams. They will also liaise with the Conservation Partnerships team in Asia-Pacific.


  • Draft text for proposals, including (but not limited to) risk assessments, theories of change, log frames, and proposal narratives.
  • Provide thorough copy edits for proposals and supplemental materials.
  • Complete due diligence forms as required by donors.
  • Update past performance reports.
  • Keep the “stock text” database up to date with quality, uniformed, accurate text.
  • Keep the proposal development process on track by scheduling meetings and ensuring internal deadlines are met.
  • Manage process for smaller grant/contract proposals.
  • Communicate with project staff to obtain information for proposals.
  • Support project teams especially in Asia-Pacific with the work plan and implementation plan development.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • This position is open to offices in our Asia-Pacific with a preference in Singapore. Please view a full list of our Asia-Pacific Offices here.
  • Typical office environment.
  • May need to work extended hours on occasion.
  • Possible travel to support field offices on large project development, less than 25% of the time.



  • Bachelor’s degree, with coursework or experience in environmental sciences and/or international development.
  • 5 to 7 years of experience with public funding applications and grant writing.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication and management skills.
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and work with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work on projects involving expertise outside own functional and programmatic area and to develop ideas or solutions to complex problems that go beyond established practices.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to follow instructions.
  • Proven track record of taking initiative, working independently, and coordinating dispersed teams.
  • Passion for conservation of nature and a commitment to CI’s vision and mission.


  • Master’s degree

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2022 (11:49 PM EST)

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled