Proposal Writing Specialist

Financing Alliance for Health

Financing Alliance for Health

Marketing & Communications
Hanoi, Vietnam · Remote
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2023

Position Title: Proposal Writing Specialist
Reports to: Head of Operations and Risks
Travel: 25%
Location: Remote, preferably within GMT+/-3

Are you interested in helping lead an entrepreneurial effort aimed at changing paradigms in international development, and in true partnerships with governments to reduce donor dependency and increase financial sustainability? Would you be excited to leverage your private sector background to help finance health systems? Do you get energy from working with different stakeholders – ranging from Wall Street banking institutions to ministries of health and finance to UN agencies? Are you looking to join a team of partners that are committed, experienced, and fun to work with? Then you should explore this leadership role with the Financing Alliance for Health.


Financing Alliance for Health (FAH), partners with the government on all steps of financing to strengthen, and sustain community health systems, leveraging primary health care to attain universal health coverage. (FAH partners long- term with Ministries of Health and Ministries of Finance teams to develop different and changing financing sources). FAH draws on private sector knowledge of financial structuring and access to private sector and development finance opportunities to increase and diversify funding options for governments to scale and sustain community health systems.

The aim of our work is to increase access, coverage and utilization of quality primary health services at household level, in a culturally appropriate manner so as to reduce morbidity and mortality. Community health systems have a proven track record of economic, social and health impact through the thousands of jobs created for predominantly female, marginalized and young community health workers (CHWs).

In early 2015, UN Special Envoy Ray Chambers and Prime Minister Hailemariam of Ethiopia convened a high-level group to assess financing and scale-up of Community Health Worker (CHW) programs in Africa. At the Financing for Development event in July, the group launched a report that outlined the case for investment in CHWs, existing and new CHW financing mechanisms, pathways for financing CHW programs, and principles of best-practice CHW systems.

The report recommended creation of a ‘financing support unit’ (now called the ‘Financing Alliance for Health’) to help countries access financing for health systems (and community health in particular), given the complexity of the funding landscape, the challenges of utilizing domestic resources, and the difficulty of capitalizing on available funding opportunities. This Financing Alliance would also be charged with identifying and tapping into private sector financing and developing new, creative and ‘out-of-the-box’ models of ‘blended’ financing that combine domestic and international support with private sources of capital, including from corporations.

The FAH (through support from its partners) soft-launched its activities in January 2016 in the four anticipated “business lines” of the Alliance: (1) Country support: the team launched a pilot project in Liberia, which culminated in a set of recommendations to the Ministry of Health of Liberia in December. In addition, the Financing Alliance is supporting work in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Malawi, South Africa and has been asked to consider supporting a number of additional developing countries (2) Analytical toolkit: Refining toolkits to support country costs, investment cases, and financing pathways. (3) Financing products/modalities: Cataloging existing options while building new tools; and (4) Market building/awareness and education: developing funding baseline, country case studies, and advocacy.

Our Core Values

  • Respect and trust as the basis of our relationships
  • Challenging and disrupting the status quo for impact
  • Curios, passionate and effective in our approach
  • Driven to support the well-being of communities


The Financing Alliance for Health (FAH) is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Proposal Writing Specialist to join our dynamic team. The Proposal Writing Specialist will play a key role in enhancing our grant acquisition efforts by crafting compelling and well-structured proposals to secure funding for our vital healthcare initiatives. This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the growth and impact of FAH’s programs while working collaboratively with cross-functional teams.


  • Collaborate with programmatic, technical, and finance teams to gather information and develop a deep understanding of FAH’s projects and initiatives.
  • Lead the development of high-quality, persuasive, and comprehensive project proposals for various donors and funding opportunities.
  • Translate complex program concepts and data into clear, concise, and compelling narratives that effectively communicate FAH’s mission and impact.
  • Research and analyze donor requirements, guidelines, and priorities to tailor proposals that align with their strategic objectives.
  • Create and maintain a repository of proposal templates, boilerplate content, and relevant documentation to streamline future proposal development.
  • Work closely with the Grants and Subcontracts Specialist to ensure accurate budgeting and financial information is integrated into proposals.
  • Collaborate with relevant teams to ensure technical and programmatic aspects are accurately represented in proposals, including monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks.
  • Review, edit, and proofread proposals to ensure clarity, consistency, and alignment with donor
  • Manage multiple proposal deadlines and priorities simultaneously, coordinating inputs from various team members to meet submission requirements.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement efforts by providing feedback and insights into proposal development processes.
  • Undertake additional duties assigned by the Head of Operations and Risk.


Professional Experience

The ideal candidate for the Proposal Writing Specialist role should possess the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as finance, accounting,
  • A minimum of eight years of progressive experience in proposal writing, preferably in the non-profit or international development sector.
  • Proven track record of successfully securing grants and funding through well-crafted
  • Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to synthesize complex information into clear and compelling narratives.
  • Familiarity with major international donors
  • Strong research skills to identify and understand donor priorities and
  • Familiarity with health programs or related fields is a
  • Detail-oriented and thorough in reviewing and editing written
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, collaborative
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and other relevant software
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including staff, visitors, partner institutions (both local and international NGOs), governmental entities, and the Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Track record of leadership, versatility, and
  • Excellent proficiency in spoken and written French language skills desirable


This position offers a competitive compensation package linked to the background and experience of the candidate. This position is initially structured as a one-year consulting contract.


Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

Please submit a resume and cover letter as one pdf document via this link

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

FAH values the diversity of the people it hires and serves within the community. Our diversity is committed to fostering a work environment where individuals’ strengths and uniqueness are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop their potential.

FAH has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a vulnerable child or adult by any of our staff, partners or representatives. We are committed to preventing all undesirable behavior at work. This includes, child abuse and exploitation, sexual harassment and abuse.