New Business Development Manager

February 7, 2024
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Job Description

About Save the Children:

Save the Children, a global organization with approximately 25,000 employees across the globe, is dedicated to improving the lives of children in over 100 countries. With a focus on crises-affected children and those in need of better healthcare, education, and child protection, Save the Children works on the ground and advocates at the highest levels to realize the rights of children. The organization aims to achieve three breakthroughs by 2030: no child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday, all children receive a quality basic education, and violence against children is no longer tolerated.

Save the Children has been active in Afghanistan since 1976, working closely with communities based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The organization is committed to providing a better education, enabling more boys and girls to attend school, helping children protect themselves, and influencing their own conditions. Save the Children collaborates with families, communities, and health workers to promote basic health, ultimately saving lives of children and mothers.

Job Description:

New Business Development Manager

Role Purpose:

The New Business Development Manager will report to the Head of New Business Development, focusing on developing external relationships with local, regional, and global key stakeholders to drive Save the Children’s business development efforts in Afghanistan. Responsibilities include portfolio analysis, donor engagement and funding strategies, tracking donor funding opportunities, and leading proposal development processes. The role also involves providing technical support to the Partnership Unit.

Scope of Role:

Reports to: Head of New Business Development

Staff reporting to this post: None

Role Dimensions: Complexity, relationships, communication with stakeholders

Key Areas of Accountabilities:

New Business Development (30%):

Analyze the current portfolio to inform a better funding strategy

Identify and track upcoming funding opportunities through research and donor engagement

Cultivate business relationships with external stakeholders and potential partners

Implement the funding strategy, ensuring coordination among country office teams

Work with thematic leads to develop thematic funding plans and track their implementation

Local Donor and Funding Partners Engagement (10%):

Prepare materials to facilitate donor engagement and enhance SCI’s reputation

Monitor news media and donor/government sources for potential changes impacting operations

Provide technical support to the Partnership Unit for sub-awarding and collaboration with other organizations

Proposal Development (40%):

Lead interdepartmental coordination for project design and proposals development

Collaborate with the Awards team and thematic advisors to develop and monitor the proposal development calendar

Write sections of proposals and review inputs for quality control before submission

Ensure the use of BD and quality assurance tools for effective proposal development

Strategic Information Management (10%):

Share accurate and timely overviews of funding priorities and pipeline health across the country office and Regional Office

Contribute to institutional learning by documenting and sharing practices on bid management

Humanitarian Response (10%):

Support strategic resources mobilization for Emergencies within the country

Deploy immediately to support funding coordination in the first phase of major regional responses as required

Behaviours (Values in Practice):


Holds self and the team accountable for decisions, resource management, and role modeling Save the Children values


Sets ambitious goals, takes responsibility for personal development, and motivates others

Communication & Collaboration:

Builds and maintains effective relationships, values diversity, and actively develops self and others


Encourages new and innovative solutions, willing to take disciplined risks


Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates the highest levels of integrity

Job Requirements:


  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in both emergency and development contexts
  • Proven experience leading large-scale complex proposals and engaging with donors
  • Knowledge of major institutional donors, budgeting, eligibility issues, compliance management, and reporting
  • Strong planning, management, and coordination skills
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills in English
  • Computer literate (Word, Excel, Teams, Outlook, Internet Explorer)


Experience in donor mapping and knowledge of the Afghanistan context

Experience in strategic portfolio analysis

Submission Guideline:

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply through the online application form, attaching their CV and cover letter. Only applications received through the online portal will be considered.

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Submission Email:

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