Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy and productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Work Groups’ Summary
The goal of the Global Development (GD), Global Health (GH), Global Growth & Opportunity (GGO), and Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) Programs is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of illness, hunger, and poverty, and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions. Our health strategies focus on Family Health [which includes Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH); Family Planning; and Nutrition] and Infectious Diseases [which include HIV, TB, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), Malaria, Enteric & Diarrheal Diseases (EDD), and Pneumonia]. These strategies are supported by functional teams that bring specialized focus on Vaccine Delivery, Integrated Delivery, Vaccine Development, Integrated Development, Discovery & Translational Sciences, and Policy & Advocacy.
The India Country Office (ICO) plays a leading role in advancing the foundation’s goals of reducing inequities in global health and development in India, supporting the Government of India. The ICO reports into the Global Development Program, but its initiatives encompass almost the entire range of strategies that reside in our Global Development, Global Health, Global Growth & Opportunity, and Global Policy & Advocacy Programs, spanning from R&D to delivery to strengthening systems and the enabling environment. Our New Delhi office oversees the foundation’s work in India, which includes partnerships with India’s central and state governments, nonprofit organizations, community groups, academic institutions, and the private sector. We began our work in India more than a decade ago with an initiative to curtail the spread of HIV. Since then, the scope of our work in India has expanded tremendously to include maternal, neonatal, and child health; health and nutrition services; vaccines and routine immunization; family planning; control and elimination of infectious diseases; agricultural development; sanitation; and financial services for the poor. Because our mission and India’s strategy for the future are closely aligned, we have formed fruitful partnerships with government devoted to our shared goals. Given our focus on improving conditions for the poorest populations, we make significant investments in two priority states -- Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Given our vantage point across programs, our technical experts look for holistic, integrated, or cross-cutting solutions that overcome system impediments effectively and efficiently. We encourage staff and partners to put the user at the center of our program solutions and to design integrated program models that break silos and best meet human needs. We look at every layer of the healthcare system – from community to front-line workers to public facilities to private sector – to identify delivery solutions and insights that help to change behaviors, to introduce and scale high impact interventions, and to generate higher level overall system performance. In support to the government of India, we bring evidence and expertise to bear on important public policy debates around issues affecting our work, building public support and partnerships to advance our shared objectives for health and livelihood. Our goals and operating model require leveraging the vast network of internal and external foundation partners.
Position Summary & Responsibilities
The goal of the foundation’s Community initiative is to strengthen and leverage community institutions to the benefit of India’s health and development SDG goals. To date our investments have focused on Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and their federated structures. Self-Help Groups (SHGs) refer to groups of poor women (10-20) formed at a micro-local level through social affinity working towards a common purpose and providing access to savings, lending, and information with the aim of improving livelihoods, agriculture, health, and empowerment.
Over the last seven years, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has deployed human and financial resources in India to assist the development of the SHG platform while integrating critical interventions that have the potential to transform the lives of women, their families, and the communities in which they live. Among these, one notable example is the integration of health and nutrition messaging in SHG meetings, for which external evaluation results showed significant increase in coverage of many lifesaving health and nutrition behaviors among SHG members and their families, alongside improved social cohesion, collective action, and empowerment. SHGs are an integral part of the foundation’s strategies in, not only health and nutrition, but also agriculture, gender, and financial inclusion.
The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will serve as the lead for the foundation’s Community Initiative in India, providing overall leadership to develop, refine, and execute an integrated platform strategy that serves to advance health and development goals. The SPO will liaise closely with India Country Office Initiative Leads in vertical areas such as MNCH, Family Planning, Nutrition, Gender, Agriculture, WSH (Water Sanitation & Hygiene), and FSP (Financial Services for the Poor) to understand how the Community platform might best be leveraged to serve their goals. The SPO will also liaise closely with Seattle-based colleagues who curate global evidence and learning on SHGs. Working with and through a matrixed Initiative Team, the SPO will oversee the portfolio of Community investments and engagements that support the Community Initiative strategy, directly managing some investments and advising on others. The SPO will manage strong relationships with various stakeholders such as NGOs, state and national level political and administrative leadership, Indian institutions working in this space, academic and research institutions, and other development partners that promote community mobilization approaches, in order to ensure coordination and collaboration for greater collective impact.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Conceptualize and lead strategy development for the India Community Initiative in consultation with the internal and external stakeholders and undertake refinements to the strategy informed by latest evidence and experience.
Design and develop approaches to capture results and integrate lessons from the foundation’s Community investments across the various health and development verticals.
Forge alliances and work closely with leadership of Rural Development and linked programs at national and state level to facilitate community engagement to integrate and promote health, livelihoods, social development, and empowerment.
Develop, process, and manage investments (grants and contracts) to execute activities in support of programmatic goals, while ensuring that interventions and investments can be replicated and sustained at scale.
Serve as a single point person for issues related to community mobilization within the India Country Office of the foundation
Convene and participate in meetings/conferences to advance learning and provide opportunities for shaping the community mobilization agenda
Collaborate with the Monitoring, Learning, & Evaluation (MLE) team at ICO to ensure high quality results frameworks, monitoring, and evaluation of investments and to enhance use of data to improve program performance and to inform strategic decisions and future investments.
Collaborate with internal experts in Health Systems Strengthening, Frontline Workers, Behavior Change, Information Communications Technology, to ensure that work through Community Initiative is complementary and maximizing the impact of foundation’s investments
Identify and work closely with selected set of technical experts nationally and internationally to set standards and monitor progress
Core Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
Expertise in design and execution of large scale community mobilization projects with proven results in community empowerment, health, and development indicators
Deep appreciation for community mobilization principles and approaches to address health and development issues, and knowledge of systems and processes related to community mobilization and social development in Indian (or similar) context.
Experience in a global donor or philanthropic agency in grant making capacity is desirable.
Demonstrated success in a role requiring collaboration in complex internal and external organizations, as well as ability to work with efficiency and diplomacy.
Proven track record of building trust-based, productive advisory relationships, especially with senior leadership in government and external stakeholders.
Rigorous thought leadership, zeroing in quickly on core issues. Demonstrated success in roles requiring logical, systematic thinking while managing multiple priorities in a highly dynamic environment.
Ability to scope and structure high-return, well risk-mitigated investments.
Results-driven and self-motivated with ability to inspire the pursuit of excellence
Strong understanding of data and evaluation, with ability to use diverse kinds of data to design and manage strategy and investments
Excellent verbal and written communications skills
Familiarity with policy, advocacy, and strategic communications for advancing programmatic goal
Ability to travel up to 40% of time domestically and internationally
Advanced degree (preferably in Rural Management or Social /Development Studies or Business Management)
Minimum 15 years of relevant work experience, with minimum 5-6 years of experience in community mobilization management
Relevant experience in strategic planning, investing, and/or policy and advocacy is preferred.
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.