Global Program Specialist
Job Details
World Food Program USA - , DC
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Position Description

The Global Program Specialist is responsible for creating sophisticated, compelling content for donors and prospective donors. Supporting all development teams, the Global Program Specialist will work closely across the department in a lead project coordination role to streamline and maintain effective processes for information gathering and reporting.  Working with U.N. World Food Programme home office, country offices, and programmatic experts, this position will craft and execute comprehensive written cultivation materials for donors and prospective donors.  

Position Details



  • Develop deep background in the programmatic mission of the World Food Programme and WFP USA and monitor industry-specific information 
  • Create world-class, competitive funding proposals to be used by the entire development team
  • Draft and oversee the production of uniquely tailored written materials for donors, prospects, and connectors, including concept papers, proposals, thank you letters, stewardship repots and other creative updates
  • Ensure communications are of the highest quality and aligned with fundraising strategy and key messages to advance engagement with donors, prospects, and connectors
  • Work hand-in-hand with senior fundraisers to share stewardship plans and execute activities for WFP USA’s donors
  • Works closely with Manager of Prospect Research to ensure materials align with prospective donor interests
  • Create and maintain database of proposals for reference

Proposal Development

  • Conceive and propose ideas for securing large, multi-year gifts
  • Work with U.N. World Food Programme to identify fundable programmatic opportunities to be utilized by corporate, foundations, and individual giving teams
  • Collaborate with internal departments to ensure consistent language and visual content

Reporting and Budget Development

  • Work with account managers to manage the fulfillment of donor grant restrictions and reporting preferences
  • Work with finance team to prepare financial reports for donors as needed
  • Manage the Annual Impact Report: working with the Corporate, Individual and Foundation teams to compile, write, and finalize Development content
  • Keep record of all grant reports due during the calendar year


  • Monitor trends in overall grant making and philanthropy
  • Distill and provide updates on key industry news and information as well as institutional and prospect news with relevance to fundraising
  • Identify RFPs and other emerging opportunities for grants that support our mission
  • Keep abreast of best practices in research, data integrity and other hallmarks of a state-of-the art research function and share within Development Operations
  • Lead development in creating a repository of commonly requested content for proposal
  • Develop and adhere to ethics and confidentiality policies in compliance with industry standards, federal regulations, institutional guidelines and policies




  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and minimum of 3-5 years of experience in proposal development or similar work for the non-profit sector
  • Exceptional writing skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Knowledge of the greater philanthropic landscape, including individual, foundations and corporate giving
  • Experience with donor databases and management systems
  • Strong strategic thinking, problem-solving and writing skills
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize large quantities of data and effectively communicate key information to development team
  • Willingness to learn new tools, technologies, and skills, and adapt to a growing and changing development environment

Personal Characteristics

  • Superior organizational skills
  • Intellectual curiosity and resourcefulness in pursuing knowledge
  • Proven ability to responsibly handle confidential and sensitive information and abide by ethics standards and privacy policies
  • Demonstrated ability to independently coordinate production of projects accurately and on deadline
  • Proven ability to work collegially and collaboratively and to work effectively under deadline
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment