Deputy Director, COVID-19 Vaccine Supply & Policy

03 May, 2021


Deputy Director, COVID-19 Vaccine Supply & Policy

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Seattle, WA

Role Title: Deputy Director, COVID-19 Vaccine Supply & Policy

Division: Global Development

Group: Global Delivery Program

Role Type: 12 Month LTE


Travel Requirements: N/A – given current travel restrictions

Posting Close Date:  Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.


The Gates Foundation has set a target of enabling the immunization of 500 million people in lower and middle income countries in 2021.  To achieve this goal and to enhance our internal organization of ongoing work, we have established a COVID-19 Tools Launch Team.  This team is tasked with coordinating the linkages with upstream development work and downstream delivery partners to execute the work.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Supply & Policy Workstream Lead will be one of four COVID-19 vaccine workstream leads on the internal Global Delivery Program effort to drive COVID-19 vaccine introduction.  The Vaccine Supply & Policy workstream will be responsible for coordinating supply planning internally and with global partners, understanding country demand, monitoring the allocation process for vaccines, and tracking the policy context and decisions for COVID-19 vaccines.  The workstream lead will coordinate work from various program staff and grantees in this realm designed to support the success of the COVAX initiative/COVID-19 vaccines.  This role will be responsible for strong connections to the leads in other workstreams and functional teams and ensuring synchronization of work plans and objectives. The lead will also be responsible for identifying issues, surfacing to the overall Launch Lead and drawing on other teams and functions within the foundation to achieve outcomes.  Other workstreams focusing on COVID-19 vaccines include Country Preparedness, Data/Measurement, and Communications/Demand.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead on the Supply and Policy deliverables within the COVID-19 Tools Launch Team.

  • Build on and identify new areas of work to achieve these ends and link with existing or new partners to deliver.

  • Recommend allocations of resources (people, dollars and voice) to achieve workstream objectives.

  • Engage with internal stakeholders especially upstream development colleagues and teams whose work intersects with policy decisions or supply availability.

  • Help develop long-term supply / manufacturing strategy in partnership with foundation colleagues.

  • Maintain a strategic view of the work to get done, connecting the dots across workstreams, seeing around corners to be proactive problem solvers and spotting, managing and mitigating risks.

  • Accountable for the identification and assessment of key risks within this workstream, and the development and management of mitigation/contingency plans at the workstream level.

  • Provide strategic guidance in crafting grants and contracts.

  • Responsible for the successful management and performance of individual team members in partnership with the direct line managers. This includes insuring alignment on goals, performance expectations and priorities.

  • This role will also focus on giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned in alignment with the hard line managers.

Core Knowledge and Skills for Success

  • Must embrace the complex and ambiguous – ability to bring clarity and direction amidst fragmentation.

  • Fluency/familiarity with BMGF, our work, and internal processes will be an asset to accelerate the work.

  • Keen ability to communicate upwards and understand key priorities for executive decision making.

  • Focuses on outcomes rather than tasks, able to spot issues before they become problems, and able to prioritize and see big picture while staying focused on delivery.

  • Ability to work with internal and external stakeholders and gain trust and confidence.

  • Ability to manage upwards, as well as across and downwards. Manages through program management tool and KPI’s.

  • Ability to connect operational data to strategic considerations.

  • Comfort with policy processes and understanding evidence to drive policy.

  • Able to connect and understand upstream product development phases and stage-gates and implications for supply availability and risks.

  • Exceptional organizer, coordinator and creative thinker who brings insight from past experiences and/or lateral examples to the vaccine challenges.

How We Work

  • Purpose: We put what is good for the long-term future of the world first, above our own ambitions or preferences. We go big, seeking the transformational contribution our foundation can make toward improving health.

  • Results: We are outcome-oriented, working against goals we aspire to achieve. We consistently reassess our efforts, capabilities, and investments to apply them toward the greatest impact.

  • Learning: We approach our work with curiosity and a sense of adventure. We spark new ideas and explore alternatives, bringing an inventive, creative and open-minded approach to everything we do. We fail fast, learn without blame, and get back to work.

  • Ownership: We each take ownership for the whole of our team. We own our individual experience at work, seeking clarity and help when we need it. We own our part in how our team works, providing clarity and offering feedback to build the strength of our colleagues and team.

  • Humility & Openness: We are humble and open to influence and give one another the benefit of the doubt. We seek genius and input from people at all levels in our team, our foundation, our partners, and the people we serve. We actively work to mitigate our unconscious biases and assumptions.

  • Appreciation: We remain grounded in how fortunate we are to be here doing this. We listen for brilliance, partnership, and wisdom among diverse voices and celebrate the richness of one another’s skills and experiences. We fluidly and frequently acknowledge contributions.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s or other advanced degree with 15+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.

  • 10+ years of leadership and management experience.

  • Demonstrated leadership overseeing work at the intersection of supply, demand, and policy.

  • Experience working directly with other leaders to guide decision-making and translate to teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop a strong understanding of a complex organization and environment.

  • Experience influencing at all levels and negotiating priorities/tradeoffs.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:

* Race

* Color

* Age

* Religion

* Pregnancy

* Sex

* Sexual Orientation

* Disability

* Gender Identity

* Gender Expression

* National Origin

* Genetic Information

* Veteran Status

* Marital Status

* Prior Protected Activity

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is lead by CEO Mark Suzman, under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

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Job posted: 2021-05-03