Senior Program Officer, Gender Equality Communications

19 Sep, 2022


Senior Program Officer, Gender Equality Communications

Gates Foundation
Seattle, WA/Washington, DC

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: that people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. By building a global and cultural workplace that supports greater diversity, equity, and inclusion — of voices, ideas, and approaches — together with our employees and partners, we can help all people improve their lives from poverty and health to education. As an organization we offer full healthcare premiums coverage, generous paid time off, contribution to your retirement fund, several employee communities, and a commitment to embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do.


The Team

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

  • Developing and coordinating the execution of policy, advocacy, finance and communications strategies.
  • Leveraging leadership and foundation voices to implement advocacy strategies.
  • Developing and managing a grant portfolio dedicated to achieving high impact.
  • Directly advocating with private and public-sector leaders, influencers and media 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.


Your Role

This Senior Program Officer serves as the daily lead for global policy and advocacy efforts for Gender Equality communications. As part of this, you will strategically develop and manage one or more portfolio of grants and contracts requiring high-level grant management skills, monitoring and evaluation.

Reporting to the Deputy Director, Gender Equality Advocacy and Communications you will work as a key advisor on the gender equality advocacy and communications strategy, contribute to the continued development of the team’s strategic vision, while partnering closely with team leadership to set the overall strategy and goals for the team.


What You’ll Do

  • Develop, lead and implement a communications strategy in support of the Gender Equality program and advocacy strategy.
  • Lead a portfolio of grants and contracts to advance the advocacy communications outcomes in support of the Gender Equality program and advocacy strategy, including reviewing letters of inquiry and grant proposals and providing clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding. Counsel advocacy and program colleagues on potential inclusion of communications elements into grant proposals.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key communications leads of grantees, donors, and civil society organizations. Proactively identify potential platforms to elevate messages that address priority development issues.
  • Develop and implement a proactive media and communications plan for the foundation to advance its gender equality strategy, coordinating with internal partners and managing external vendors to assist in execution. Contribute to the design of new strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.
  • Contribute to the development of new partnerships and advocacy and communications practices by formulating recommendations based on monitoring, analyzing trends relevant to global health and development and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches and message development.
  • Represent the foundation to key program-related external constituencies, as appropriate, related to area of expertise and responsibilities of the position.
  • This role will manage one Program Officer, Communications, Gender Equality, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.
  • Collaborate across teams to ensure gender equality is integrated throughout the foundation’s public communications efforts.
  • Advise Executive Leadership use of voice in support of the foundation’s Gender Equality goals.
  • This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners.


Your Experience

  • Advanced degree with 7+ years of experience, or equivalent experience
  • A breadth of knowledge and experience with the gender equality community and with a range of key gender policy issues related to gender equality.
  • Experience developing and managing communications campaigns and complex global strategies in support of policy initiatives, advocacy programs and events.
  • Ability to learn new concepts quickly and communicate effectively with different audiences.
  • Knowledge of how to use and experience using communications to achieve advocacy goals and policy change.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus. Clear and coherent writing style.
  • Ability to effectively alternate between thinking strategically and high-quality execution.
  • High standards of personal integrity; and comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally-sensitive behavior with a diversity of people.
  • Effective as a collaborator in complex internal and external organizations, including the ability to work with efficiency and tact.
  • Calm under pressure with capability to lead and inspire confidence through ambiguity or change.


* Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.





Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.


Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.



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Inclusion Statement

We are 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 our mission 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, and prior protected activity.

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Job posted: 2022-09-19