Strategy, Partnerships and Engagement Advisor

12 Sep, 2023


Strategy, Partnerships and Engagement Advisor

Washington D.C.

As a part of CARE’s Institutional Funding and Strategy team, the Strategy, Partnerships, and Engagement Senior Advisor serves as an in-house USG expert, leading and advising as well as managing and tracking CARE’s USG positioning efforts within their assigned technical sectors. This critical role lays the foundation for growth of CARE’s USG portfolio by working intimately with both CARE HQ and country staff to conduct analyses, gather intel, and develop a comprehensive strategy for growth. Key activities include partnering with HQ (executive and technical) and country staff to develop and manage strategic donor relationships, engage effectively as thought partners, and increase visibility for the purpose of positioning CARE as a preferred partner. The role plays a key role in working with teams to identify, prioritize, and effectively position for both short and long-term funding opportunities.

This position is great for someone who enjoys working with country teams, being in a collaborative space where ideas and innovation are encouraged, and engaging in both strategic, big picture thinking as well as developing and executing detailed operational plans.

The position operates as part of a broader team collectively responsible for both short-term and long-term, strategic efforts in support of CARE’s USG fundraising efforts. The position does include managerial responsibilities.

This position is located in Washington DC. 


1.Intel gathering, analysis and strategic planning

  • Within their assigned technical areas, the Senior Advisor is responsible for staying abreast of USG priorities and trends by conducting analyses, tracking trends, meeting with stakeholders, and gathering and actively communicating relevant formal and informal USG intel to CARE staff with a focus on intel that is helpful and relevant to strengthening current and future opportunities to position CARE for USG funding.

2.Strategic engagement, marketing and outreach

  • The Senior Advisor leads, manages, and coordinates a strategic approach to building and strengthening CARE’s relationship with the US Government. To this end, the Senior Advisor is responsible for providing CARE staff recommendations and direct support to effectively position CARE through direct engagement, thought leadership, marketing, and visibility. The Senior Advisor works with CARE staff to identify, prepare for, and subsequently build on strategic engagements with USG staff.

3.Lead and manage priority initiatives to operationalize strategic plans

  • The Senior Advisor will serve as Project Manager on various sectoral and geographical positioning plans. This includes working with country and technical teams to conduct market analysis, establish strategic priorities, and develop operational plans around donor engagement, thought leadership, and visibility.

4.Funding pipeline development

  • In line with the strategic priorities, the Senior Advisor, working with relevant CARE staff identifies, scopes, and advises on both prioritization and pursuit of new opportunities including advising Go-No-Go decisions within their assigned technical sectors.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Social Sciences, International Development or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience
  • No less than 8-10 years relevant experience working for the U.S. Government and/or non-profit or for-profit organizations in a position focused on working with the U.S. Government
  • Significant experience working with the U.S. Government with relevant and demonstrable connections with staff in USAID or other relevant parts of the U.S. Government
  • Intimate knowledge of USAID including structure, priorities, processes, etc.
  • Experience in international development;
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to interpret data and make actionable recommendations
  • Proven experience in strategic planning and/or project/initiative management
  • Skilled writer and communicator with experience developing communication materials for either senior executives or external audiences


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Starting salaries are based on internal equity, candidate experience, and the cost of labor where the job is based. Salaries listed only apply to jobs based in the US.

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Job posted: 2023-09-12