Population Services International

  • DFID Commercial Specialist Consultant

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(4/16/2018 3:53 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Country Program Operations
    Position Location: City
    Washington, DC

    DFID Commercial Specialist Consultant     

    East Africa

    Based in Remote

    Reports to Senior Program Manager


    Who we are

    With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.


    There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.


    Join us!

    PSI is a long-time recipient of UK Department for International Development (DFID) funding; however, increased competition for funding and riskier contracting mechanisms, like pay-for-performance, require additional expertise to assess and pursue opportunities. PSI therefore seeks to build its DFID knowledge, including donor culture, priorities, language/terminology, and familiarity with commercial tender formats and requirements.  In addition, PSI would like to improve its understanding of the various funding mechanisms DFID uses, particularly performance-based financing.


    We are looking for a DFID Contracts Commercial Specialist Consultant to provide advisory services, training, and technical assistance on DFID contracts for PSI staff involved in developing commercial tenders, including members of PSI’s New Business Development team, Grants and Contracts Team, Regional Support Teams, and others. S/he will provide one-on-one or small group consultations via email or teleconference, review tender documents and provide feedback to improve PSI’s competitiveness, share intel related to DFID priorities and the funding landscape, and conduct formal trainings for PSI staff as needed. The consultancy will be flexible to allow for both ad hoc advisory services and more intensive assistance and review on live DFID bids. Depending on the opportunity and availability of the consultant h/she may be asked to lead on a commercial tender.


    This is a remote consultancy. While the consultant will be working mostly with DC-based staff, she/he can be located anywhere.


    Sound like you? Read on.


    Your contribution

    PSI seeks a short-term DFID Contracts Commercial Specialist Consultant to provide advisory and technical services related to DFID commercial tenders and/or lead commercial tender development for upcoming new business opportunities.


    This will include: 

    • Support and/or lead development of prime and partner commercial tenders, inclusive but not limited to budget, narrative, and value for money requirements in close collaboration with core tender team;
    • Design and analyze cost effectiveness, value for money, and performance-based payment models to inform financial decisions throughout the commercial tender development;
    • Provide on call technical assistance and advisory services for core proposal teams related to commercial tenders;
    • Develop commercial tender guidance for prime and partners in collaboration with our Cost & Pricing team to support a competitive bid for ongoing and planned new business opportunities;
    • Review prime and partner commercial tenders, providing feedback at various points throughout the process;
    • Liaise with our Cost & Pricing team and core tender team to ensure internal best practices and risk mitigation strategy is addressed as well as alignment to technical and project implementation;
    • Ensure prime & partner commercial tender is responsive to the RFP and its amendments;
    • Complete other commercial tender supporting documents, as outlined in the RFP and agreed upon with the core proposal team. This may include items such as: executive summary for the commercial tender, financial risk assessment, pricing details using commercial proformas, value for money analysis, etc.;
    • Finalize commercial tender package for submission in accordance with RFP guidelines; and
    • Other tasks, as assigned and agreed upon with the core proposal team related to the development of the commercial tender


    What are we looking for?

    The Commercial Tender Specialist will have a proven expertise and demonstrated leadership in procurement of DFID contracts, particularly commercial tender requirements, and demonstrated success with DFID commercial tenders, including value for money approaches and performance-based payment opportunities.  


    *Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your iCIMS account to find out.


    PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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