Lead Technical Writer

Cardno

Will work closely with the Proposal Manager and other subject matter experts during pre-solicitation capture and post-solicitation release periods.

Activities: The Lead Technical Writer will work closely with the Proposal Manager and other subject matter experts during pre-solicitation capture and post-solicitation release periods. The relevant project will seek to reduce corruption by addressing its root causes and by strengthening the Indonesian government’s ability to implement effective counter-measures. The project will focus on three main components: rule of law, government accountability and transparency, and civil society.
 
Key tasks will include:
 
Phase I: Capture (Pre-Solicitation)
  • Conduct background research and review background materials and Cardno’s corporate information (including early proposal drafts, Cardno past performance, past technical reports, relevant USAID documents, subcontractor information, etc.).
  • Identify key stakeholders (stakeholder mapping), improve understanding of market players, constraints and opportunities in target islands, support the identification of potential partner and key personnel, and/or other items as agreed with the Cardno team in advance.
  • Schedule and attend meetings with stakeholders (remotely as needed) and share notes and key takeaways with the proposal team.
  • Develop Cardno win themes for activity based on in-country research and competitive analysis.
  • Lead brainstorming discussions with the proposal team, including on Cardno’s competitive positioning and thoughts on priorities for this program.
  • Lead the writing of the RFI or draft SOW response as appropriate.
  • Prepare first draft of technical framework/approach for the pre solicitation blue draft
  • Participate in proposal touch base meetings and technical draft reviews; in person or virtual as needed.
  • Other capture activities as necessary and mutually agreed upon.
 
 
Phase II: Proposal Development (Post-Solicitation)
  • Lead the development and writing of the technical approach, strategy, and narrative (including executive summary), integrating technical input from subject matter experts/technical writers for all proposal drafts.
  • Lead and facilitate the technical brainstorming with proposal team to identify and develop win themes and technical approach.
  • Lead the development of logical framework for the technical approach, workplan, and implementation plan.
  • Participate in the outlining, negotiation, and communication of page assignments for technical narrative based upon proposal requirements.
  • Contribute to the development of timeline of drafts and final proposal.
  • Contribute to the development of graphics to correspond with technical narrative.
  • Contribute to personnel and partnership discussions.
  • Participate in and incorporate feedback on technical narrative in each draft proposal review.
  • Review, contribute to, and provide feedback to other sections of the technical proposal (personnel, organizational chart, management plan, past performance, M&E plan/indicators, corporate capabilities, etc.) with support from Proposal Manager or others as needed, to ensure proposal documents are coherent and read with one voice.
  • Participate in proposal touch base meetings and technical draft reviews; in person or virtual as needed.
  • Other proposal activities as necessary.
Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree in governance, economics, international relations or other related discipline preferred
  • 5 to 10 years’ experience in international development with specific expertise in democracy and governance
  • Direct experience and knowledge of Indonesia and its governing context
  • Experience with USAID required, ideally in program design, partnership development, and in the writing of technical proposals
 
Level of Effort: The level of effort for this assignment will not exceed 25 days.