Cost Proposal Manager

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the primary voice for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For over 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. 

NCBA CLUSA seeks a qualified Cost Proposal Manager to support NCBA CLUSA’s business development team in Washington, DC. This position reports to the Vice President of Contracts, Grants, and Compliance and works closely with the proposal manager and technical team.


  • Support the bid team in reflecting agreement terms and conditions with Proposal Primes and Subs, ensuring equitable treatment of NCBA CLUSA based on negotiated Level of Effort, and supporting negotiations where necessary.
  • Using internal budget and cost narrative templates, manage Cost Proposal preparation, including budget preparation, cost recovery, budget narrative, and compliance document preparation.
  • Review, analyze, and compile Program Manager’s, field, and subawardee inputs into cost proposals for ensuring cost realism and timely submission.
  • Review and analyze Subawardee due-diligence documentation, as applicable, communicating to the team any material weaknesses in subawardee financial, HR, or general management systems, and make recommendations on mitigation activities for post-award management.
  • Work with proposal team and Vice President of Contracts, Grants, and Compliance to analyze, ensure accuracy of, and finalize final cost proposal package, ensuring consistency of terminology with the technical proposal, lack of grammatical or spelling errors, and overall quality of submission.
  • Manage final cost proposal compilation and assembly.
  • Work with Vice President of Contracts, Grants, and Compliance to ensure compliance with NCBA CLUSA financial and legal requirements.
  • Prepare certification and representation documents for signature.
  • Support cost proposal review and preparation for other bids as needed, including quality and accuracy checks.


  • Minimum three years’ experience preparing cost proposals for USAID proposals required; experience with USDA preproposals preferred;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business, International Development or related field.
  • Knowledge of accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, and business procedures
  • Requires a working knowledge of the administrative, financial and contractual management of international economic development programs; and interpreting and applying US Government rules and regulations that govern foreign assistance development financing.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent language skills in English; a second language is helpful but not required
  • Experience and or interest in providing financial and program training to people in the developing world is highly desirable
  • Ability to work on multiple high priority projects concurrently
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to travel is preferred but not required.

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NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.

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