Bid Development Officer – Tower Hill, London

Refuge is the country’s largest provider of specialist services for victims of all forms of gender-based violence (domestic, sexual, so called ‘honour’ violence, trafficking, prostitution, forced marriage, stalking and FGM). Every day we support over 3,800 women and children in our national network of services.  These include Independent Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Advocacy services (IDVAs/ISVAs and IGVAs), community outreach, specialist refuge accommodation, sanctuary services and culturally-specific services and the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid). We advise Government and lobby to keep violence against women and girls high on the public agenda. We run award-winning prevention and public education campaigns, managing a busy press office and website, and we are an accredited training provider. We give a voice to the voiceless.


Job title   Bid Development Officer

Ref           059 BDO

Salary      £31,926 – £35,700 per annum

Hours      37.5 hours per week 

Location  Tower Hill, London  


An exciting opportunity has arisen at Refuge for an experienced Bid Development Officer to support future growth and development in the violence against women and girls (VAWG) sector. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual, with a flair for producing compelling and persuasive written responses for PQQ and ITT responses and grant applications. Involvement in developing win strategies to ensure success will be a key requirement for this role.


Reporting to the Business Development Manager, the post holder will work as part of a small but dynamic bid team. Key responsibilities include:


  • Bid Writing / Tender Development
  • Grant and Proposal Writing
  • Horizon Scanning


Experience of working with colleagues across departments to develop service proposals and a successful track record in generating income through writing competitive bids is essential. A strong understanding of the commissioning environment in government and local authorities is necessary for this post. An ability to work under pressure and to challenging deadlines is a prerequisite.


Refuge is a national organisation therefore flexibility to travel is a prerequisite.


This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to enhance their career in business development in a specialist setting.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day during which their ability to sell through their written work will be assessed.


To apply please complete the below application form and 1 page relevant writing sample of your choice and send to



Closing date: 31/10/2016  at 10.00am                               

Interview date: 8/11/2016 and 9/11/2016

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Bid Development Officer JD

Refuge Benefits – Manager


Refuge is committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. This post is restricted to women due to the nature of the role. The Occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.


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