Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Washington, DC

Senior Program Officer, Global Policy and Advocacy

Washington, DC


Strategically develop and manage one or more portfolio of grants and contracts requiring high-level grant management skills, monitoring and evaluation. As a key advisor on strategy initiatives, 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.

Core Responsibilities

Directly or indirectly leads a team to develop, manage and implement project strategies.

Negotiate, execute, and manage complex portfolio of grants or performance-based contracts. Review letters of inquiry and grant proposals and provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding.

Consult with grantees and other partners to maximize impact of projects and ensure grants are meeting strategy goals. This may include: site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.

Develop, manage, resource, and implement a program that aligns with foundation strategy and is operationally integrated with other foundation programs. Contribute to the design of new strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.

Represent the foundation to key program-related external constituencies, as appropriate, on committees related to area of expertise and responsibilities of the position.

This role may manage employees and may be responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, 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.

Leadership and Culture

We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.

Core Knowledge and Skills

Recognized internally and externally by the global professional community as an expert within a particular specialized field.

Proven ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships.

Experience as technical resource to teams and leadership on impact, cost effectiveness and decision analyses.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus.

Knowledge methods of impact evaluation, operational research, and modeling.

Strong quantitative analytic skills.

Education and Experience

Advanced degree with 7+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.

This is a Limited Term Employee role as part of our parental leave program and targeted for 12 months starting in September/October 2017, however the start and end dates for this assignment may change.

For internal candidates, you are required to have a conversation with your manager to confirm their support before you apply to this position. Managers have the right to decline a request to apply for a backfill position, regardless of tenure in role. With Manager Support and if selected for the role, internal FTEs will retain their FTE status during this stretch assignment.

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Job Posted: September 6, 2017