Senior Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications, Global Health Research & Development

29 Jun, 2020


Senior Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications, Global Health Research & Development

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Seattle, WA

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Group Summary

The Program Advocacy and Communications 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.

Leadership & Culture

Our culture shapes our choices about what we do and how we do it. We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment can do extraordinary things. We expect foundation employees to intentionally and consistently embody our four agreements; show respect, offer trust, be transparent, and create energy.

Position Summary

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will design and lead advocacy efforts across specific Global Health Research & Development (R&D) global priorities to help generate the awareness, resources, partnerships and policy changes necessary to achieve success in the following ways: galvanizing civil society in donor and developing nations to increase political commitment to global health R&D issues; understanding and shaping international financing channels for R&D and supporting the evidence-base to facilitate sound decision-making; and influencing policymaker decision making through increased visibility and understanding of R&D solutions to health and development inequities. This role will report to the Deputy Director for PAC – TB, HIV and Global Health R&D and will work closely with the Global Health R&D PAC team and teams across the Global Health and GPA divisions.

Core Responsibilities

  • Contribute to development, implementation and refinement of advocacy and communications strategies that include individual market-specific approaches and assessments of political economies, ensure long-term sustainability and impact, and are synergistic to other strategies in the foundation.
  • Develop consensus and serve as a point of contact on portfolio-related issues for internal and external partners, working within the complex matrix style organization across GPA and Global Health divisions.
  • Conduct research and analysis to strengthen investment decisions.
  • Negotiate, implement, and manage a portfolio of investments.
  • Provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for investments.
  • Represents the foundation to external constituencies. This could include formal and informal presentations such as making speeches, attending conferences, committee representation and other meetings. May serve on boards and working groups.
  • Forms key partnerships with people and organizations – in both the public and private sector – to improve implementation of advocacy strategies and tactics.
  • Conceptualizing and managing high impact and complex partnerships, grants, coalitions, and advocacy campaigns.
  • Writes and produces informative briefings, reports, email updates, and other materials on key Global Health R&D and other relevant issues for foundation leadership.

Position Reports to: Deputy Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, TB, HIV and Global Health Research & Development

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of advocacy and communications efforts to increase awareness of global health and development issues and inform political and financial support for health and development goals in the developing world with governmental and non-state organizations.
  • Experience in the conception, design and management of advocacy strategies, initiatives and programs including hands-on experience with advocacy efforts passionate about international development – this will include personal interaction with senior level policy makers, civil society organizations, coalitions, and governments.
  • Understanding of clinical trials process, product development, product introduction, regulatory environment and other key GH R&D policy issues.
  • Understanding of bi-lateral and multi-lateral finance institutions and mechanisms including how they fund R&D programs at national and regional level.
  • Connection and networks within the global R&D communities, desirable.
  • Experience working with industry on the development and introduction of global health products, desirable.
  • Ability and willingness to be a great partner to partners around the global including the necessary flexibility on schedule to allow interactions with many global time zones.
  • Demonstrated results, supporting resource mobilization strategies and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide vision and influence others in a constructive, optimistic manner, while forming and sustaining collaborative relationships.
  • Outstanding project management skills including demonstrated ability to lead groups and organizations from strategy development through implementation, develop shared goals and implementation plans, facilitate meetings, manage budgets, developing partner consensus, and work both autonomously and collaboratively.
  • Ideally, candidate will have experience managing a grants portfolio; either as a grantee – receiving and reporting on a grant or as a grant manager – with direct responsibility for grant making and management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus.
  • Experience working in a constantly changing environment with ambiguity and efficiently helping teams manage change.

Willingness to travel up to 25%.

Education and Experience

Advanced degree preferred in public policy, international relations, public health, development or a related field with progressive senior level experience leading advocacy initiatives in global health and development (preferably with a mix of service in either the public or non-profit sectors).

*The preferred location is Seattle, with consideration of London as a possibility. However, you must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and 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

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Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists’ whose purpose is to work to reduce inequity. Our vision is to ensure a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. We have four missions to:

  • Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive;
  • Empower the poorest, especially women and girls, to transform their lives;
  • Combat infectious diseases that particularly affect the poorest; and
  • Inspire people to take action to change the world.

Key to enabling these missions is our commitment to science and innovation, collaboration and partnership, measurement and rigor, as well as optimism and risk taking. Based in Seattle, the foundation has a worldwide staff of 1,500 people and is led by CEO Mark Suzman and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. We have offices in the United States, Europe, India, China and Africa.

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Job posted: 2020-06-29