Business Development Manager - International Development and Relief

(Washington, DC Metro Area)

GeoPoll is the world’s largest real-time mobile survey platform, reaching a growing network of more than 500 million users in 90 countries worldwide on a deeply granular level and at an unprecedented scale. 

Through partnerships with international telecom providers and a multimodal platform powered by text, voice, and web-based communications, GeoPoll enables companies and organizations to gather quick, accurate and in-depth insights on anything from consumer preferences to election transparency and access to basic government services. GeoPoll is powered by U.S. small business Mobile Accord, the creators of the mGive mobile donation platform and experts in powering mobile insights across the globe. 

About the role 

As a Business Development Manager you will support our partnership strategy and the continued expansion and growth of GeoPoll’s international relief and development (social sector) portfolio. You will be part of a team that is passionately committed to expanding to our base of international development clients funded by USAID, Department of State, World Bank, United Nations, NGOs, and academic institutions.  This position is based in the Washington, DC metro area and our expectation is that the incumbent will serve in the GeoPoll office consistent with the organization’s 2022 hybrid work policy. 

In this role you will identify business/sales opportunities and lead partnerships from inception through full execution in support of our International Business Development team. You will expand and cultivate relationships with a wide variety of partners, developing teaming strategies and approaches and negotiating technical roles and budgets.  

About the candidate 

You enjoy working in the fast-paced environment of proposal development ranging from writing concept notes and drafting corporate capabilities statements, to developing detailed budgets and cost estimates. Additionally, you excel in a team-oriented environment that includes working on projects in parallel and have the flexibility to work on special projects when needed. You are a self-starter who is excited to work in a start-up environment. 

Responsibilities 

  • Identify international development procurement opportunities (under contracts and grants) and manage teaming discussions with for-profit and non-profit organizations 
  • Lead outreach to USAID-funded development assistance implementers (non- and for-profits) to pre-position GeoPoll on forthcoming RFAs and RFPs 
  • Identify partnerships and manage opportunities with other USG-funded clients, multilaterals, foundations, and universities 
  • Actively reach out to targeted clients to sell, upsell, and maintain positive long-term relationships     
  • Prepare and submit proposals, pricing and service agreements for international development clients, including conducting analysis for compliance and procurement considerations 
  • Develop PowerPoint presentations, marketing materials, and success stories 
  • Support the Business Development team’s financial projections and budgeting processes 
  • Coordinate with GeoPoll support teams including Operations, Program Management, Finance, and regional representatives 

Qualifications 

  • BA/BS degree in Business, International Relations, or related field 
  • 4 years of experience on a business development team supporting international development clients, including USG government contracting with a specific focus on USAID 
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills 
  • In-depth experience using Microsoft Office products that include MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • MA/MS degree in Business, International Relations, or related field 
  • Understanding of compliance, cost, and procurement issues 
  • Familiarity in developing countries, particularly Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East 
  • Innovative thinker able to work in a fast-paced impactful team-oriented environment 
  • Proficient language skills in Spanish, French, and/or Arabic 

Some travel to international offices, client locations, and conferences may be required. 

To apply please email a cover letter and resume (as a single file with YOUR NAME as the file name) to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line.