Our Global Health Program (GHP) harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. We focus on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don’t, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Our work in infectious diseases focuses on strategies to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, and maternal, newborn and child health – Discovery and Tools. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Innovative Technology Solutions, Vaccine Development, and Integrated Development.
The Innovative Technology Solutions group is looking for an exceptional Program Officer to join their HIV Frontiers Program. This program seeks to find an alternative to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for those living with HIV, in particular: a safe, effective, and durable intervention that either completely eliminates HIV infection (eradication) or that suppresses viremia in the absence of ART (remission). Its work will build on current knowledge while also exploring new ways to best design a "curative" intervention for HIV, aiming to determine whether and how such an intervention might best and most quickly provide benefit of those in resource-limited parts of the world.
Position Summary and Responsibilities
Responsible for managing a discrete grant portfolio and/or providing research and analysis work in support of grant-making, strategy development, coordination, communications and advocacy. Contribute to the continued development of the team’s strategic vision, partnering closely with team leadership to manage toward strategy and goals for the team.
Plans, manages and executes a wide range of activities in support of strategic planning, prospect and develop complex investment opportunities, grant management and external relationship management.
Review letters of inquiry and grant proposals; provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding, including drafting and editing proposal summaries and progress reports for existing grants for review by foundation leadership.
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.
Manage internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, grant budgeting and reporting. Improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Prepare and write briefs and synthesize existing literature. Provide written analysis of key topics for foundation management. Fulfill data requests from leadership.
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
Strong knowledge across relevant technical area/expertise, especially in the fields of immunology, HIV biology, and/or translational research.
Leadership abilities to work with multiple stakeholders, including government, other donors, grantees to create a common vision and visualize simple and effective but implementable solutions to complex problems.
Proven ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships.
Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people.
Strong understanding of shaping and managing sustainable and scalable ventures.
Understanding of strategies for automating the process of data collection in a variety of settings and sites.
Experience with research methodologies and deployment of data strategies.
Strong analytical, writing and verbal skills for communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
Effective as a collaborator in complex internal and external orgs.
Extensive project contribution and management experience.
Works with efficiency and diplomacy.
Education and Experience
PhD or other advanced degree with 4+ years of post-doctoral, or equivalent (e.g., industry) experience preferred, ideally in the fields of immunology, HIV biology, and/or translational research.
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:
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 wellness 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.