Cost Proposal Manager
Posted on: January 21, 2023
DescriptionEveryone deserves the opportunity to build a better
future. This simple idea has been at the heart of TechnoServe's
work around the world for over 50 years. TechnoServe is a pioneer
in leveraging the power of business and markets to create
sustainable pathways out of poverty.
The low-income communities in which we work are full of
enterprising people. Their small-scale farms and businesses are the
keys to economic development. But they face many challenges: low
literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable
political dynamics and, increasingly, the effects of climate
change. For many women and young people, the challenges are even
more daunting. Working with TechnoServe staff, people around the
world are lifting themselves out of poverty. The results are
amazing...when incomes increase and living conditions for families
get better, they are able to access health care and education
previously out of reach. Communities and even whole countries are
Reporting to the Sr. Manager of Pricing and Procurement, the Cost
Proposal Manager is responsible for ensuring TechnoServe develops
cost-effective, competitive cost proposals that fully cover
TechnoServe's direct and indirect costs. The Cost Proposal Manager
leads cost proposals for large and complex projects across
TechnoServe's regional divisions, and reviews and approves smaller
cost proposals and budget realignments developed by other
Primary Functions & Responsibilities:
- Review and analyze donor solicitations to understand the terms
and conditions and guide/advise Proposal Managers on unique or
risky contract terms.
- Represent the Cost & Pricing Team in Strategic Resources
Committee meetings to advise on risks for go/no-go
- Prepare clarification questions to donors/clients in response
- Adapt current TechnoServe budget templates to meet specific
needs of funder solicitations, or develop new templates as
- Lead and develop cost proposals across TechnoServe's regional
divisions and donors in coordination with the Operations and
Program Development teams, ensuring alignment between the technical
proposal and budget. Participate in program design discussions and
advise on cost effective approaches to the technical design and
management plan. Budget for full cost recovery while also making a
strong business case to the funder for the value for money offered
- Oversee budgets developed by external partners, reviewing
subrecipient cost proposals and providing feedback and advisory to
these partners to ensure their budgets align with the technical
design and meet TechnoServe and donor standards.
- Review and approve cost proposals developed by other cost and
pricing staff or regional financial staff, providing guidance on
best practices to ensure accuracy, completeness, and
- Manage budget realignments with project management and finance
staff during program implementation to ensure accuracy and
continued alignment with funder regulations, agreement conditions,
and TechnoServe standards.
- Train other cost and pricing staff as well as relevant Program
Development, Operations, and Finance staff on cost proposal
- Review draft award terms related to budget and financial
reporting and flag items for clarification/negotiation before award
signature, and manage handover of the budget and financial
reporting requirements to the project team.
- Maintain a library of cost data used for new cost
- Other duties and tasks as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree, preferably in Business, Finance, Economics,
or related field, with minimum of 7years of experience, preferably
in international development; or Masters degree with minimum of 5
years of experience.
- Proven analytic and budgeting skills, including the ability to
model the costs of different program designs.
- Experience developing and managing large cost proposals for a
wide variety of donors and clients, including US government,
foreign governments, foundations, and corporate donors, under a
range of budget mechanisms (cost reimbursement, fixed price, fixed
labor rate/T&M, CPFF, etc.)
- Advanced proficiency in Excel.
- Excellent oral and written English communication skills
- Spanish and/or French language skills highly desirable;
Portuguese skills also desirable.
Travel: Travel may be required; must be able to travel on short
notice for up to two weeks at a time.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the
ability to effectively collaborate with diverse groups of US and
- Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and attention
- Ability to work independently and efficiently in a fast-paced,
We are open to remote applicants for this position. However, if you
are located within 50 miles from our Arlington, VA, Headquarters,
you will be expected to work from HQ on the first and third
Thursdays of each month.
We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe's
vision of improving the lives of others through proven business
solutions to apply.
With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal
opportunity employer and affirmative action employer and do not
discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity,
religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS
status, protected veteran status, disability and all other
We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners,
and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet
all final candidates through rigorous background and reference
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