Technical Writer, Global Health At Pact



Pact is an international nonprofit that works in nearly 40 countries building solutions for human development that are evidence-based, data-driven and owned by the communities we serve. Founded in 1971, Pact works with partners to build resilience, improve accountability, and strengthen knowledge and skills for sustainable social impact.


Programs – Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.

Position Overview

The Technical Writer, Global Health, primarily works with technical and country-based staff on proposals to public sector funders and occasionally to private sector and foundation funders, with a special focus on global health opportunities aligned with strategic areas of growth. S/he will be responsible for developing highly quality and technically sound proposals that are responsive to and compliant with funder requirements, working together with technical experts within Pact’s Global Health Team, Pact’s country offices, Business Development team, Programs Operations team, and Integrated Communications team. Beyond proposals, the Technical Writer, Global Health, will craft and maintain an up-to-date catalog of written materials for prepositioning, such as capability and past performance statements. S/he will also dedicate level of effort toward supporting documentation as part of Pact’s global thought leadership to influence the public, private, and social sectors, and is also a member of Pact’s cross-sectoral Technical Writers and Editors (TWE) team. The Technical Writer, Global Health, will report to the Vice President, Global Health.


Key Responsibilities

Proposal writing and support (85% level of effort)

  • Lead the writing of high-quality and responsive proposals, in accordance with Pact and donor requirements.
  • Contribute to technical design sessions on proposal strategy, proactively facilitate development of win themes, and participate in discussions on strategic partnerships and approaches.
  • Support the preparation and delivery of proposal design workshops.
  • Develop the technical narrative by collecting, integrating, and ensuring the quality of inputs and contributions from technical leads/technical support team and/or consultants.
  • Review, revise, and edit technical proposal sections provided by technical staff, consultants, and partners, and integrate them into the overall technical proposal.
  • Participate in technical reviews and incorporate feedback and revisions in a timely manner.
  • Review and integrate all background materials to ensure that the technical application is compliant with all technical and structural requirements.
  • Interview and gather technical inputs and competitive intelligence from country offices, technical units, subject matter specialists, and other resource persons.
  • Constructively challenge the design team to produce a high-quality proposal design and product.
  • Support partner engagement to draw forth technical insight and proposal contributions.
  • Advise on visuals and graphics that reinforce narrative messages.
  • Provide peer support by copy-editing proposals drafted by other technical writers, as needed and as time and workload permit.

Program Support (5% level of effort)

  • Support project teams to structure and develop key documents.
  • Review, revise, and edit project reports and deliverables.

Organizational Initiatives (10% level of effort)


  • Support other organizational efforts around Strategic Priorities/Initiatives as appropriate.
  • Develop additional materials, such as capacity statements and web content.
  • Participate in and contribute to Pact’s Technical Writers and Editors (TWE) team and
  • Technical Writing Community of Practice (TWCOP) meetings and trainings, including on best practices in technical writing for proposals and thought leadership projects.

Employee complies with all company policies and procedures, including completing all compliance training topics by the deadline to satisfy each and receiving the corresponding acknowledgment statement that the training has been completed.

All other duties as assigned

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree and 8+ years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Master’s degree in international development, Public Health, Communications, or a related field.
  • At least 8 years of work experience in international development or a relevant field.
  • At least 5-8 years of progressive experience in developing and writing successful proposals worth more than $2 million.
  • Experience writing successful USAID and/or FCDO proposals.
  • Experience in global health,
  • Excellent English technical writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent management, communications, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Familiarity with critical global health trends and issues.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize knowledge (inputs) into high-quality proposal outputs.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously while still meeting deadlines and maintaining quality.
  • Ability to objectively assess proposal responsiveness against requirements.
  • Ability to successfully collaborate with others and work in teams – especially under pressure.
  • Ability to mentor and guide staff on proposal writing.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently and manage a high-volume workflow.
  • Experience with a range of public and private donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with various team members, country office staff and in-country host government personnel, local partners, and donors.
  • Experience building staff writing skills. Verbal and written French or Spanish fluency.
  • Willingness to travel up to 25%, often on short notice