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Technical Specialist II, Strategic Commercial Engagement & Partnerships - United States
Democracy International Bethesda, MD
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Technical Specialist II, Strategic Commercial Engagement & Partnerships - United States

Democracy International
Bethesda, MD
Expired: February 13, 2024 Applications are no longer accepted.
  • Full-Time
Technical Specialist II - Strategic Commercial Engagement & Partnerships
Democracy International (DI) is seeking to hire a creative, enthusiastic Technical Specialist II - Strategic Commercial Engagement & Partnerships to spearhead DI’s groundbreaking work designing and leveraging new types of funding and in-kind support for democracy and peacebuilding programming. Reporting to the Vice President for Strategy and Technical Leadership, the Technical Specialist II - Strategic Commercial Engagement & Partnerships will hold a global mandate that spans across DI’s headquarters and field office teams. They will provide expertise, strategic direction, and thought leadership within the company to develop and deploy blue sky thinking and approaches for strategic corporate engagement and partnership. With DI’s senior leaders, they will be responsible for building and executing a strategy to bring new resources to support DI’s work in creating durable change in the communities that DI serves, including governments and communities. This may include developing public/private partnerships and other mechanisms to bring other partners. The strategy will link with and leverage opportunities across DI technical work in democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG), conflict mitigation, peacebuilding, and resilience around the world. Working closely with DI’s program management and business development teams, the Strategic Commercial Engagement & Partnership Specialist will also be responsible for ensuring that DI’s strategy puts the organization on track to meet the requirements of CRF 200.306 across all programs with Cost Share requirements. We will only consider applicants who are based in the Washington, DC area.

Essential Job Duties:
The Specialist will work creatively to:
  • identify and steward corporate engagement, fundraising, and other blue-sky opportunities for nontraditional funding mechanism, in-kind support, and corporate partnerships;
  • form and expand strong relationships with stakeholders, including potential corporate, foundation, and other non-USG partners located in the U.S. and in DI’s countries of program implementation;
  • develop, manage, and report on strategy for commercial engagement and partnership;
  • cultivate funded, in-kind, and other relevant cost share to meet requirements for existing and new programs working closely with home and field teams, potentially including by:
    • developing relationships with non-USG donors, such as corporations, government entities, and multilaterals;
    • cultivating volunteer networks, including with universities, law firms (e.g., pro bono), banks, airlines, and other entities;
    • cultivate corporate social responsibility partnerships in countries where DI works to leverage new types of funding; and
    • identify other opportunities to meet cost share based on unique windows of opportunities, operating contexts, and programming types.
  • institutionalize DI’s cost-share processes and work to develop common processes to track and report on cost-share targets and actuals with existing field and home office teams; and
  • ensure major funders, volunteers, and stakeholders are fully welcomed into DI’s broad community of leaders committed to democracy and peace and look for opportunities to showcase their efforts on a broader scale.
  • Research, prioritize, and develop strategic partnerships with individuals, corporations, and foundations that are interested in providing funded or in-kind support for DI’s target programs and countries;
  • Effectively convey the organization’s mission, vision, and programs to potential private-sector funders and partners;
  • Develop, support, and track cost-share commitments and achievements, working closely with field and home office program management teams;
  • Ensure that cost-share plans across the organization meet or exceed required commitments;
  • Strategize and successfully execute campaigns that may include cultivating volunteers and developing partnerships to cultivate non-USG support;
  • Identify and use creative methods to identify emerging opportunities to generate and leverage alternative and new sources of funding, working closely with field and home-office teams;
  • Lead development of DI internal professional development for home and field teams to assist DI’s international development professionals to understand, leverage, and generate cost-share leads and results;
  • Support capacity building and mentorship of home-office and field staff members;
  • Draw on professional and funder networks to position DI as thought leader for project implementation & business development; and
  • Liaise closely with DI’s Business Development team to develop, as required, cost-share plans and strategies at the bidding stage for U.S. Government-funded anticipated projects.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
Effectively performing these core functions requires curiosity, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a collaborative spirit. The Technical Specialist II - Strategic Commercial Engagement & Partnerships will be self-motivated and flexible, adept at both creative thinking and strategic planning, and have a strong desire to help disadvantaged and marginalized populations across the world.

Our ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:
  • MA/MS in political science, international relations/development, or related field or MBA;
  • At least five years of demonstrated success raising non-USG funding, including through private-sector partnerships;
  • At least two years of development, implementation, or fundraising for USAID-funded programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to raise at least $3 million in non-USG funding and/or in-kind support;
  • Demonstrated understanding of USAID and USG cost share requirements and definitions;
  • Exceptional communication and relationship-building skills;
  • Ability to lead and motivate colleagues and volunteers;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Passion for creativity and willingness to use creative methods to leverage and generate new leads and opportunities for fundraising and in-kind support;
  • Ability to successfully balance priorities while managing multiple tasks;
  • Ability and confidence to provide to senior leadership and to model a learning mindset for the organization;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative style with the ability to inspire engagement and drive diverse stakeholders to a common solution
Reporting and Supervision:
  • This position reports to the Vice President, Strategy & Technical Leadership
Environmental Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, printers, and moderate traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined office space/area.
  • Ability to sit and/or stand at a computer desk for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to travel on long plane flights across several time zones and at irregular hours.
Physical Requirements Required to Perform Essential Responsibilities:

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to;
  • Stand, sit; talk, hear, use of hands and fingers, and perform repetitive motions to operate a computer and telephone keyboard.
  • Reach, stoop, or kneel, to adjust computer and/or telephone equipment.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work.
  • Hearing abilities required due to telephone.
  • Light to moderate lifting is possible.
  • Travel will require moderate lifting, sitting for extended periods of time, overnight flights across multiple time zones;
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required; as business demands dictate.
Democracy International is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its employment process for individuals with disabilities to meet any and all physical requirements of our jobs.
Application Process:
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and CV. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. DI will only contact candidates of interest.
All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application. DI will not sponsor applicants for work Visa.
About the Organization:
DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 80+ countries.
DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at DI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.


Democracy International

Bethesda, MD
20814 USA



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