Program Specialist, Business Development
WFH Flexible New York, NY


About Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization committed to the relief, assistance and advancement of the poorest people in the least developed countries of the world. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern Worldwide has over 4,700 personnel working in 25 countries across the globe. Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear; where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities essential to a long, healthy and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern.

Concern envisions a world where no one lives in poverty, fear, or oppression where everyone can exercise their rights to a decent standard of living with equal access to opportunities. We believe in creating a culture of inclusion where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to the workplace. Building a diverse and inclusive team is an absolute necessity to deliver the solutions needed to achieve our core mission, because without promoting justice and equality, we cannot eliminate extreme poverty.

Concern Worldwide US (CUS) is an independent affiliate of Concern Worldwide, with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. CUS advances the Concern Worldwide mission through mobilizing financial and human resources, as well as influencing and activating networks in the US to elevate programs globally.

The Role: 

Concern Worldwide US seeks a highly motivated team player to help us develop and present program concepts to raise new funds from and expand our partnerships with US-based foundations and corporations, with the ultimate aim to maintain and expand support for Concern Worldwide’s global humanitarian and poverty alleviation programs. This is an exciting opportunity to play an important role on a growing team, and to contribute to strategy, proposal development, and relationship development and management with foundation and corporate donors and partners. As a member of the Strategic Partnerships team in the Business Development unit, the Program Specialist, Business Development will report to the Director, Strategic Partnerships and work closely with colleagues in and across departments as well as with Concern colleagues worldwide.


· Support the Director, Strategic Partnerships to strengthen and grow a portfolio of strategic partners with specific focus on securing programmatic funding and shared-value partnerships from US-based foundations and corporations in collaborations with Concern’s country offices;

· Support on the development of high quality, compelling, programmatically sound proposals, program concepts and proactive pitches for a variety of US-based foundations and corporations in collaboration with Business Development team and country programs;

· Research and identify new potential foundation and corporate donors, while keeping up with donor giving strategies and trends;

· Support the design of tactical and creative engagement strategies to cultivate and steward new and existing partners to strengthen relationships and deepen corporate and foundation partnership with Concern; 

· Create strategic correspondence, including program briefs, presentations, capacity statements, and other stewardship materials, to engage donors and prospects;

· Collaborate with colleagues across Concern to align donor and organizational priorities to increase program impact and build multifaceted, deep engagement with the organization, with a specific focus on climate and environment; 

· Travel to strategic countries to assist with priority program, proposal development, and donor cultivation efforts important to Concern’s growth targets, as requested and jointly approved;

· Promote efficient communication externally as well as within the Program team to ensure effortless team function; 

· Work with colleagues on the BD team to ensure the knowledge management systems are up-to-date;

· Collaborate with various teams, both in US office as well as worldwide, such as Communications, Marketing, Development, and Finance, to support the achievement of Concern’s mission;

· Conduct other duties in the Programs function as needed.


· 3-5 years’ experience working in international development, humanitarian, or social sector; 

· Experience implementing, securing and/or managing high value awards from US or other governments, private institutions, multilateral and/or other donors;

· Proven ability to write clear, logical, articulate, and persuasive proposals and budgets;

· Excellent English language editing skills and exceptional attention to detail;

· Demonstrated ability to multi-task and handle multiple and often competing deadlines, which involves working with colleagues in different time zones;

· Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and analysis, and present insights in a clear, concise manner;

· Strong interpersonal skills (e.g., facilitation and conflict management) and the ability to work in a culturally diverse team environment;

· Commitment to the work and values of Concern Worldwide;

· Eligibility to work in the US.


· Track record of securing awards from US-based foundation and corporations and/or US government;

· Experience managing donor relationships;

· Ability to travel overseas on short-term assignments with minimal notice;

· Overseas living and/or professional experience in international development; 

· French or Arabic language skills.