Project Concern Zambia (PCZ), a local Zambian organization, intends to respond to a Request for Applications (RFA) for an anticipated USAID-funded HIV/AIDS Prevention activity with an emphasis on key and priority populations. Newly registered in 2019, PCZ is affiliated with, but independent from Project Concern International, a Global Communities Partner (PCI), an INGO operating in Zambia since 1996. PCZ’s formation was the culmination of an intentional process by PCI to transition its operations, once mature, to an independent locally registered entity that is governed and managed by Zambians. PCZ is building on PCI’s history of active HIV/AIDS response since the early 1990s, and its current portfolio spans the range of prevention, care, treatment, and support interventions. Today, PCZ operates as an independent organization that partners with PCI to implement complementary programming in HIV/AIDS prevention and response programming.
The primary goal for this consultancy is to lead the writing of the narrative proposal in response to the RFA for an anticipated USAID-funded HIV Prevention Activity, expected to be released in December 2020 or January 2021. The consultant will work closely with and under the direction of program design co-leads from PCZ and PCI to translate program design elements, logical framework, and articulation of technical approaches into well-crafted, technically accurate writing that is clear in its presentation, responsive to the RFA and reflects appropriate language for a PEPFAR and USAID audience. The ideal candidate will have experience developing technical written products for PEPFAR-funded programs and in developing complex proposals in response to a US Government solicitation.
Scope of Work
The consultant will be accountable for the following deliverables:
- Read and analyze USAID’s Notice of Funding Opportunity and related literature and develop an outline for the proposal in tandem with RFA guidelines
- Participate in proposal team calls and meetings as determined necessary by program design leads and the proposal team, including participating in the program design workshop upon release of the solicitation
- Work closely alongside the proposal design co-leads, and consortium partners as needed, to effectively develop, translate and communicate the agreed upon program design via a theory of change/conceptual framework into the appropriate results framework/logic model and concept note/proposal structure. This includes key interventions, key differentiators and win themes, the proposal ‘brand’ or ‘identity’ and overall focus and flow of content.
- Coordinate with proposal co-leads and consortium partners to guide, collect, and synthesize written inputs into a cohesive and internally consistent and donor-responsive written product
- Under the guidance of proposal co-leads and with input from key contributors from the proposal team, develop a well-crafted and technically sound proposal narrative that reads with one voice and is in accordance with donor guidance (eg, page limits, evaluation criteria, required sections and requirements for each section, etc.) and including the following components (exact pieces to be confirmed upon release of the solicitation):
- Executive summary
- Background and Context Analysis
- Technical Intervention Strategy and Approaches
- Partner roles and responsibilities
- Organizational and consortium capacity
- Staffing and management structure
- Selected annexes as assigned and mutually agreed to
- Coordinate reviews and incorporate feedback and edits from at least three review cycles
Expected Timeframe for the Assignment
It is anticipated that the assignment will begin upon release of the solicitation. PCZ expects total LOE not to exceed 20 days.
- Advanced clinical degree, MPH or equivalent;
- Demonstrated experience in proposal development and writing for USAID, PEPFAR, and HIV/AIDS programs
- Relevant and recent professional experience in a USAID, PEPFAR, and HIV/AIDS context, demonstrating up to date understanding of PEPFAR technical guidelines and programmatic approaches
- Strong analytical, data interpretation, and synthesis skills;
- Experience with US government grant proposal preparation and regulations;
- In-depth technical understanding of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and of the links between gender, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, and other health issues;
- Excellent written and verbal communications and interpersonal skills, including ability to effectively communicate across cultures;
- Excellent program development and grant writing experience, with a track record of successfully leading proposal development efforts;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Fluency in English required;
- Computer literacy required; familiarity with all MS applications and spread sheet software required; statistical analysis ability a plus.