Deputy Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, Vaccine Delivery

05 Jul, 2021


Deputy Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, Vaccine Delivery

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Seattle, WA

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We expect foundation leadership to demonstrate our leadership principles & management expectations. As a people leader, you are responsible for:

  • Creating a culture for impact by shaping an environment where your team thrives, and their unique perspectives and identities are valued

  • Strategy development, refinement and management to ensure your team goals align with overall foundation strategies

  • Nurturing people and building great teams by prioritizing collective success, team development, setting expectations and assessing performance

Division Summary

The mission of the Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) division is to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the foundation’s work, build support for its major program and policy objectives, and develop partnerships and alliances that can advance the foundation’s objectives nationally and globally. Because the foundation’s resources alone are not enough to solve the challenges ahead, GPA also supports advocacy efforts to engage diverse stakeholders and promote innovative solutions that advance our program goals.  We work in close partnership with grantees, our colleagues in the Global Health, Global Development, Global Growth & Opportunity, U.S. and Gender Equality programs and Foundation Communications to build the environment in which all people have the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.

Group Summary

The Program Advocacy and Communications (PAC) team works in partnership with program teams and other teams in Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) to achieve their policy and finance goals by:

  • Developing and coordinating the execution of advocacy and communications strategies.

  • Leveraging leadership and foundation voice to implement advocacy strategies.

  • Developing and managing a grant portfolio dedicated to achieving advocacy outcomes.

  • Directly advocating with sector leaders, influencers, media and government officials in order to achieve advocacy outcomes.

  • Leading issue-specific communications in service of advocacy goals.

  • Developing policy recommendations or proposals in partnership with programmatic and regional offices.

Position Summary

The Deputy Director, Vaccine Delivery guides team members in the development and implementation of resource mobilization strategies, the development and management of portfolios of foundation investments, and works with external partners to drive financing and policy objectives in support to programmatic objectives, specifically related to Gavi, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and the Global Financing Facility (GFF). This role leads all aspects of political advocacy efforts in support of polio eradication and routine immunization efforts. This role leads a team and relationships with grantees, contractors and key partners to achieve the foundation’s desired impact, and provides project briefings and updates to foundation leadership.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of advocacy strategies to address policy and financing for Gavi, GFF and the GPEI, in partnership with program teams.

  • Provide leadership on foundation resource mobilization efforts for Gavi, GPEI and GFF, in partnership with other GPA teams.

  • Provide leadership on political advocacy efforts, via direct foundation engagement and partners, to increase routine immunization and support polio eradication.

  • Facilitate development of annual investment plans and budgets and provide strategic guidance in crafting grants and contracts that require complex research or analytics.

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

  • Advise, mentor, and support colleagues within team and their grantees in the design, improvement, and execution of project, initiatives and engagements. Lead partnerships and grantee relationships to achieve impact, for example, by conducting site visits, convening meetings of key partners, monitoring and evaluating components of grants.

  • Serve as a foundation spokesperson on polio and immunization advocacy priorities internally to foundation Co-chairs and leadership and externally to global health partners.

  • This role leads people and is responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, crafting goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, providing mentorship, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.

Position Reports to: Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, Health

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience in the effective design and execution of resource mobilization strategies with multilateral partnerships, utilizing a wide range of advocacy tools from communications campaigns to evidence-rich policy discussions and creative partnership building, resulting in measurable finance and/or policy successes.

  • Experience in health partnerships, at global, regional and/or country level.

  • Proven track record to lead and influence others. Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility as part of a team. Experience working on, and leading teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.

  • Experience in strategic planning and strategy implementation.

  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and data analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.

  • Experience in a role requiring collaboration in a complex organization and working with external organizations.

  • Ability to establish and maintain a high integrity, collaborative culture, including the ability to manage conflicts and build consensus.

Education and Experience

Advanced degree in public policy, international relations, public health or relevant field with 10+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.


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

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* 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 led by CEO Mark Suzman, under the direction of Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates, and Warren Buffett.

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Job posted: 2021-07-05