Project Development Officer


Wallingford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Key accountabilities

Project Development

  • to work closely with CABI scientists in the preparation and collation of information for project proposals
  • to ensure that concept notes and bid documents conform to the requirements and priorities of donor organizations
  • to handle financial information competently and confidentially, including analysis and presentation of data in line with both donor requirements and with CABI’s financial procedures
  • to finalize project documents for submission, in excellent English and presented in a clear, logical and winning style
  • to gather donor intelligence, explore new funding opportunities through regular monitoring of donor websites, and circulate this information to the appropriate contact points within International Development and the Knowledge Business
  • to assist project scientists to develop logical frameworks and to plan and budget for project monitoring and evaluation
  • to ensure that gender perspectives are adequately represented in project proposals
  • to assist scientists with preparation of internal quality assurance documents during the proposal process.


Knowledge & Skills Required

  • Fluency in English, with first class written and oral communication skills
  • Broad understanding of the use of applied biological science in international development
  • Proven ability to rapidly evaluate complex information to ascertain its potential usefulness, and to produce a synthesis
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Familiarity with the logical framework and other strategic planning approaches
  • Understanding of gender issues and how to mainstream gender perspectives in projects
  • Good working knowledge of the MS Office suite of programs specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.


  • Competence in at least one other major language
  • Familiarity with MS SharePoint
  • Full driving licence.

Education & Qualifications

  • Required: A first degree and/or M.Sc. in a biological or social science, preferably in agriculture, agricultural development or international development
  • Desirable: PhD or equivalent experience.



  • Considerable and demonstrable post qualification experience in an agriculture or agricultural development context – typically 5 years plus
  • Proven experience of project development in an international development context
  • Broad range of experience of operating on multiple projects and across borders and cultures.


  • Significant developing country experience in agricultural development and applied research, ideally working with a wide range of stakeholders including local communities, NGOs, government officials, other partners, researchers, etc.
  • Good knowledge of global and regional development issues including experience in research management.

Personal Characteristics


  • Highly motivated, organized and adaptable, with strong inter-personal and communication skills
  • Comfortable working both independently or as part of a team
  • Able to work under pressure and deliver high quality products to tight deadlines, including occasional out-of-hours working
  • •rustworthy and capable of dealing with sensitive information in a discreet and confidential manner
  • Robust with the operational grip and capacity to handle a demanding workload, including some travel.


  • Ability to articulate scientific concepts effectively to technical experts and nonexperts
  • Strong influencing and networking skills - a natural ambassador
  • Ability to work and interface at a senior level both internally and externally
  • Keen to mentor and develop staff.

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