Write winning proposals

Learn the process for writing responsive, compelling, and technically rich proposals in response to USAID solicitations.

Jordann El Dorry
Susanne Barsoum

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Jordann El Dorry, Susanne Barsoum

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        If you're new to the details of technical writing, this course will give you the right context and helpful tips for breaking the process down.
Anna
Anna
        I really enjoyed how this content was presented and how the course was structured. Having a small group of people over many weeks allowed us to learn together but also the individual homework was really helpful for me to understand how these things were working together and get honest feedback back.
Kate
Kate
        This is a great introdcutory course to technical writing for USAID. The course was effectively structured, the content was compelling, and all instrcutors provided useful examples to reinforce key concepts.
Mark
Mark
        Overall, it was a really useful course and helped delve into very important topics for business development and technical writing in general. The ability to be able to effectively analyze and respond with a compliant and compelling proposal is a real skill. I have been in BD a long time, but this was a really important skill to keep working on.
Krystle
Krystle
        The course provides a lot of great insight into the process, even for someone who is already relatively familiar with the basics of being a tech writer. It was helpful to see how others approach the process.
Allison
Allison

Who is this course for

01

USAID business development managers and directors

02

Technical staff working looking to write proposals

03

USAID implementing partner project managers

By the end of this course you will

Understand the role

Describe and explain the role of a technical writer

Learn proven practices

Explain best practices and tested methods for successfully writing USAID proposals

Become a skilled writer

Write a technical approach for a USAID proposal as lead writer employing best practices

Know which jobs are for you

Identify technical writing jobs that are a suitable match to your skills

Gain confidence as a writer

Demonstrate a level of confidence, and a healthy fear, of technical writing

Meet your instructors

Jordann El Dorry
Jordann El Dorry

Everyone knows that writing a technical for USAID is difficult, challenging, and at times stressful. But it's also an opportunity to intellectually engage with interesting content, and to be creative! I've been writing technical proposals for years and am excited to share some of the tools and strategies I employ to make the process a little less painful and a lot more fun!

Susanne Barsoum
Susanne Barsoum

After a career as a BD Director at Chemonics International, Susanne is building Keylime to make business development more fruitful for everyone through courses like this one. She has worked on hundreds of proposals with a strong win rate. Susanne finds proposal writing the most challenging and intellectually stimulating proposal role. Her experience and networks are primarily in the Middle East, but she has also worked and lived in Nigeria and Haiti, and done assignments globally.



Course syllabus

01

Tech Writer Role in Capture and Proposal Development


02

Reading an RFP and the first 48 hours


03

Outlining


04

Background Section


05

General Approach

06

Detailed Approach

07

The Review Process

08

MEL for Tech Writers

09

Tips and Tricks

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts
Active, not passive

This course focuses on live workshops and hands-on assignments

Learn with a cohort of peers

You’ll be learning in public through breakout rooms and an engaged community

Learn with a cohort of peers

Surround yourself with like-minded people who want to grow alongside you

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Cost

$2000 USD

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