Group Summary The goal of the Global Development Program (GDP) is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions. Our strategies focus on Polio; Agriculture Development; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; Financial Services for the Poor; Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; Family Planning; and Nutrition. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Vaccine Delivery and Integrated Delivery. GDP also has Special Initiatives that focus Urban Poverty, Emergency Relief, Global Libraries and Value for the Money.
The foundation’s Family Planning strategy works to bring access to high-quality contraceptive information, services, and supplies to an additional 120 million women and girls in the poorest countries by 2020 without coercion or discrimination, with the longer-term goal of promoting universal access to voluntary family planning. With our partners, we support national governments that have committed to the goals of FP2020 and are leading the development and implementation of their own country-specific plans. We work with countries that are committed to expanding access to high-quality, voluntary family planning to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and to empower women and girls.
Position Summary & Responsibilities
Strategy and Planning
Lead processes to develop and oversee portfolio strategic planning, including annual financial and strategic planning, ongoing budget management and forecasting, and providing critical support to Deputy Director(s) and program staff in translating strategy goals into coherent portfolio level theories of action and investment plans.
Guide program officers to ensure that portfolio investments are strategically aligned, and include outcomes that will lead to impact on key strategy goals. May consult with program officers on the early stage development of program investments.
Facilitate the definition of success metrics for strategy/portfolio level grants including design of tools to track progress and learning in strategy execution.
Conduct ongoing research, provide background data and information and prepare analytic models in support of program teams.
Lead time-bound strategic projects/initiatives as applicable.
Expertly facilitate process definition and improvement efforts in support of staff productivity. Works with program staff to identify process gaps and inefficiencies that impede effectiveness. Promotes efficiency and productivity on the team by providing leadership and support in process development and improvement, implementation and change management, and analysis and reporting.
Ensure smooth implementation of operational initiatives through rigorous assessment, planning and execution of project management and change management strategies.
Act as a liaison between the program team and Operations (e.g. IT, Finance, Financial Planning & Analysis, Grants, Contracts) regarding business processes, financial reporting and forecasting, and related systems and tools.
Manage a team of 2-4 Program Coordinators.
Monitor grant and contract pipeline to produce accurate forecast vs. budget reporting and provide financial information needed to facilitate management decision-making.
Consult/ strategize with program leadership to maximize impact of investment and financial processes and ensure optimal learning, decision making, and collaboration.
Design and manage special projects in support of team operations as defined by program leadership.
Coordinate team learning through development of training plans, agendas, and draft briefings, soliciting input and gaining buy-in as needed.
Qualifications We are interested in candidates with a passion for the foundation’s mission generally and for family planning in particular. Direct experience in global public health and/or family planning programming helpful, but not required.
Masters in Business Administration and/or Masters in Public Health with 10+ years of experience. Management consulting experience preferred.
Creative and successful both collaboratively and as an independent thinker. Demonstrated ability to identify, assess, and develop creative solutions to complex strategic and operational challenges.
Demonstrated complex project management skills and a successful track record of leading or managing multiple projects simultaneously. Includes defining and scoping projects, forming and leading project teams, establishing governance and stakeholder management plans, problem identification, solution development, creating dashboards / scorecards, measuring project results, and overseeing implementation and accompanying change management.
Ability to create structures and develop frameworks to increase clarity and transparency of decisions, trade-offs and impact on financial and organizational resources.
Experience with public health program design and evaluation, development and use of logic models and logical frameworks, and epidemiological concepts a plus. Eagerness to otherwise learn and apply these skills essential.
Strong consultative and advisory skills. Demonstrated excellence in influence and leadership, ability to build trust, is a team leader and player who motivates and educates other team members and understands the value of interpersonal relationship building.
Strong people/team management skills.
Self-motivated and able to self-manage and act independently with limited oversight.
Highly adaptable and able to perform in ambiguous situations, with ability to effectively alternate between strategic thinking and tactical implementation.
Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills with the ability to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences, including senior foundation management.
Demonstrated financial acumen plus budget development, financial analysis and operational management skills.
Demonstrated experience, expertise and enthusiasm for process and meeting facilitation.
Ability to work as part of a team with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm, diplomacy, and humor in an evolving, fast-paced and highly matrixed work environment.
Proficiency using MSWord, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and related software.
Ability to travel up to 10% domestically and internationally.
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From poverty to health, to education, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation focuses on improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. There are four problem areas the organization focuses on; the Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In developing countries the foundation focuses on improving the health and welln...ess of people as well as helping children and families escape from extreme hunger and poverty. In the United States, the foundation focuses on low-income families and makes sure that everyone has opportunities to receive an education that will help them succeed. The foundation works with numerous organizations around the world to tackle critical problems and addresses challenging inequalities. The headquarters of this organization is based in Seattle, Washington, one of the most proactive global health and non-profit cities in the world.