Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Proposal Writer

American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
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United States
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For more than 25 years, and through our work in more than 100 countries, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and our partners have sought to strengthen legal institutions, to support legal professionals, to foster respect for human rights and to advance public understanding of the law and of citizen rights. In collaboration with our in-country partners—including government ministries, judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures and civil society organizations—we design programs that are responsive to local needs and that prioritize sustainable solutions to pressing rule of law challenges. ABA ROLI has roughly 500 professional staff working in the United States and abroad, including a cadre of short- and long-term volunteers and legal specialists.


ABA ROLI is seeking an experienced Proposal Writer to assist our Regional Divisions in the writing of winning proposals for rule of law programs funded primarily by USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) but also possibly other U.S. government agencies and other governmental donors. This is a consultancy position open to applicants within the Washington D.C. metro area.


  • Serve as the lead writer for technical approach areas related to the sectors and countries in which ABA ROLI works (primarily rule of law/governance/democracy/rights);
  • Develop proposal content that addresses/complies with the requirements outlined in the solicitation, scores well in terms of the evaluation criteria, and incorporates winning themes and other strategies developed by the proposal team;
  • Write proposal content, including cover letters, executive summaries, resumes, project descriptions, and past performance references to respond to US Federal Government proposal requirements;
  • Engage members of the ABA ROLI proposal team to become familiar with the subject matter; critically evaluate proposed technical approaches to identify strengths and weaknesses and suggest areas for improvement;
  • Work with ABA ROLI subject matter experts, including ABA ROLI field staff to translate technical solutions, approaches and strategies into a clearly articulated, compelling, and compliant proposal document that is well written;
  • Work with the ABA ROLI proposal team on developing appropriate graphics for inclusion in the proposal;
  • Proofread and edit technical documents and proposals.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, or a technical discipline;
  • Five years’ experience writing, editing, and proofing winning, successful proposals for clients for submission to USAID and/or other donors in the rule of law area;
  • Strong expertise and understanding of the conduct of USAID performance and impact evaluations and development of performance monitoring plans and M&E plans;
  • Strong conceptual, analytical, writing, and editing skills, including the ability to synthesize large amounts of information into concise narratives;
  • Knowledge of competitive proposal processes and the role of a proposal writer in those processes;
  • Strong organizational management skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks, time management, adherence to tight deadlines, and the ability to handle multiple activities;
  • Strong MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other computer skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and fluency in English.


  • Knowledge and understanding of cross-cutting requirements in international development, including monitoring, evaluation and learning, gender mainstreaming, technology and innovation, public private partnerships, capacity building and training;
  • Experience in preparing EU, UK DIFID proposals is a plus;
  • Experience in or familiarity with Asia region preferred.
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If you meet these requirements, please include your most relevant CV and 1420 form in your application. If you encounter any problems when completing this application, please contact

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up with candidates who are selected for interviews. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may be filled prior to the close date.