Business Development Associate

The International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST), is looking for an experienced and dynamic professional to support the organisation’s Business and Capacity Development Programme.

A successful applicant must have a proven aptitude for secondary research, putting together proposals, developing Expression of Interests, and organising training programmes, with good communication skills.

Location: Noida, India

Required Experience: 1-2 years

Education: Master’s or Post Graduate Diploma (business administration, economics, commerce, or allied subjects)

Length of commitment: 2 years+

Reporting to: Programme Lead, Business and Capacity Development


iFOREST is an independent not-for-profit research and innovation organisation that was established in 2019 to identify, promote and scale up solutions for pressing environment-development challenges in India and other developing countries in Asia and Africa.

Our work is rooted in regional priorities to accelerate environmental actions at the sub-national level and to improve national policies and plans to support it. Our mission is to address the unique needs of regions by leveraging our resources and expertise to scale up national action and make a global impact. We use our regional knowledge to inform national policy and plans and strengthen international collaboration.

To achieve our goals, we conduct independent evidence-based research, develop new knowledge and innovative solutions, convene stakeholders to increase awareness and build consensus, and partner with think tanks, civil society, government agencies, philanthropies and industry to scale up solutions.

The Role

The associate will be responsible for supporting the team in business development, organising training programmes, creating and updating data base, and putting together proposals. This would entail dedicated support for identifying new opportunities for Expression of Interests (EoI) and Request for Proposals (RfP), as well as support the team in project and contract management activities.

Specific tasks to be undertaken by the associate would include:

  • Identify new EoI opportunities from multilateral and bilateral, and government funded projects.
  • Develop end-to-end documents for EoI and RfP responses in line with requirements of RfP.
  • Liaise with internal team and other stake holders on developing EoI and tender/bid documents and financial proposals.
  • Support the team in business development activities.
  • Support team in project management and contract management activities.
  • Support team in organising various training programmes/meetings/events.
  • Identify and source external team of experts as and when needed for project and draft CVs as per the RfP requirements.
  • Periodically work in updating online LMS portal and integrating new developments.

 Additional duties.

  • Execute any other related assignments that may arise in relation to the aforementioned tasks or for the further enhancement of the Business and Capacity Development programme.

Qualification & Work Experience

Master’s or Post Graduate Diploma in business and/or relevant subject (minimum) from a recognised institution in a relevant field, including management, economics, commerce, or allied subjects.

Required competencies

In line with the listed responsibilities for the successful candidate, she/he is expected to have the following competencies:

  • Good understanding of procurement process’ of multilateral, bilateral and government agencies.
  • Experience of carrying out business development activities in consulting industry.
  • Ability to identify, track and source EoIs and RfPs from multilateral and bi-lateral funding agencies viz, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, etc. and government projects.
  • Experience in liaising with clients/funding agencies, associate firms, external experts, and other stakeholders as and when required for tender preparation, JV/consortium, bid submission.
  • Experience in identifying potential external experts and maintaining database of professionals and associate firms.
  • Experience in contract management and project management steering contract meetings, contract negotiations, periodical project reporting’s and other stakeholder meetings.
  • Excellent organisation skills for organising training programmes, events and high-level meetings at regional, state and national level for various stakeholder group.
  • Familiarity with different online and offline tools for effective engagement with participants of a training programme will be an added advantage.
  • Willingness to travel as per requirement.

What we offer

At iFOREST, we offer an inclusive and amicable work environment. In addition, our institution strongly supports professional development through education, training and capacity building.


We offer highly competitive salaries in a think tank space, and reward performance through annual appraisals. The final designation of a successful candidate will be based on qualifications and experience.

Application instructions & deadline

We prefer that candidates submit online applications at In case of any difficulties, you may also send your application to

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Position open until filled.

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