Program or Senior Program Officer - Neglected Tropical Disease

Program or Senior Program Officer - Neglected Tropical Disease

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA, United States

The Neglected Tropical Diseases program strategy team (NTD PST) plays a lead role in advancing the Global Health Division’s goal of addressing diseases that have a major impact on people in the developing world but get little attention and funding. Where proven tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don’t, we invest in research, development, and deployment of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and vector control. We also support efforts to accelerate progress through coordinated, mass drug administration (MDA) interventions, public-health surveillance, screen and treat programs and vector control.

Position Summary

The London Declaration is one of the largest ever public-private initiatives, and it includes the donation by major pharmaceutical companies of $2-3 billion per annum in medications targeting five preventive chemotherapy (PC) NTDs (lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, trachoma, schistosomiasis, and the soil-transmitted helminths). The Gates Foundation NTD team focuses on supporting sustainable approaches to improve and expand the implementation of NTD programs, assisting countries in taking full advantage of the extraordinary opportunity of the 2012 London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases. We are actively engaged in implementing a strategy that increases the efficiency of accessing and delivering the donated medicines committed to accelerate impact for the control and/or elimination of the five PC-NTDs.

This role will be responsible for leading/managing our lymphatic filariasis (LF) and onchocerciasis (oncho) initiatives. The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with the NTD Director and team, as well as the broader global LF and oncho communities of WHO, USAID, DFID, and other key partners to evolve the vision for the most impactful way for BMGF to serve endemic countries’ ambitions for control and elimination of LF and oncho. You will decide what investments can most effectively reach these ambitions and which partners are the right partners in whom to invest. You will subsequently partner, develop, and manage a portfolio of grants and contracts to accomplish the global goals for these diseases in an end-to-end way, from project conception to implementation, and from basic research to development to operations research and ultimately implementation. This position requires expertise in NTDs and global health challenges, high-level strategic vision skills, grant-making and management skills, as well as expertise in program and project monitoring and evaluation. As a key member of the NTD leadership team, you will contribute to the continued development of the team’s vision, team culture, and team structure, while partnering closely with team leadership to contribute and set the overall strategy and goals for the Gates Foundation’s strategy on NTDs.

The successful candidate will utilize a unique blend of rigorous technical expertise, global strategic visioning, keen skill in partnership at all levels, and detailed attention to execution.

Core Responsibilities

The PO/SPO will be expected to:

  • Act as an expert resource within the NTD program and as a consultative expert for other teams across the foundation a needed.
  • Lead the NTD team’s strategy for LF and Oncho, including developing goal(s) for each of the initiatives, articulating how the foundation’s goals support the global community’s elimination efforts, gaps in achieving goals and how the foundation is using its strategic advantage to close these gaps.
  • Contribute to the NTD team’s strategic initiative aimed at improving the implementation and delivery of MDA for lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and India.
  • Work in close collaboration with internal and external partners to design, negotiate, execute, and manage a complex portfolio of investments including performance-based grants and contracts against specific and measurable strategic goals related to improving delivery and implementation of NTD programs in-country.
  • Review letters of inquiry and grant proposals and provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding. S/he will also serve in a technical advisory role bringing project management and in-country expertise to other grants in the team’s overall portfolio.
  • Work with the World Health Organization (WHO), other funders, national and state/local governments, private companies and NGO service providers in our priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa to co-create catalytic investments aligned with the NTD team’s strategy and goals.
  • Consult with grantees and partners in public and private sectors to maximize the impact of projects and investments and to ensure optimal learning. This may include participating in site visits, providing operational guidance, working with companies, and convening meetings of key stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the evolution of the NTD program’s vision, strategic objectives, priorities, processes, and organizational structure, including integration and coordination with the overall NTD strategy.
  • Directly or indirectly lead a matrixed team internally and externally to the Foundation to develop, manage and implement initiative strategies.
  • Contribute to the design of new initiatives, cross-program, and cross-foundation strategies, including collaborating and/or implementing plans to ensure long-term sustainability and increased impact.
  • Collaborate with foundation colleagues in related program areas to take advantage of cross-sector grant making opportunities.
  • Represent the foundation to key program-related external constituencies, as appropriate, on committees related to area of expertise and responsibilities of the position.

Core Knowledge and Skills

We are looking for people who enjoy the challenge of working on complex projects and collaboratively creating solutions that have the potential for transformational change. We seek a global leader with deep knowledge of Tropical Diseases, NTDs or Malaria, preferably with experience in public health and familiarity with the development and deployment of various products/interventions to achieve impact on the burden of infectious diseases.

Education and Experience

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Successfully worked in developing countries for a significant period; gaining an appreciation for the complexities of implementing and managing field-based programs. Preference for experience in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and/or India.
  • Experience working with governments (e.g. African and/or Indian governments), Ministries of Health, NGOs and Academic Institutions, as well as with regional, multi-country institutions such as WHO.
  • In depth knowledge of Tropical Disease, Malaria or NTDs; preference for LF and Oncho.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships.
  • Experience as a technical resource to teams and leadership on impact, cost effectiveness and decision analysis.
  • Experience in strategic planning and strategy implementation.
  • Program and/or project management experience; from work plan concept development to implementation.
  • Strong competence working within a highly matrix environment where impact is achieved through collaboration with diverse colleagues/teams as well as externally within a network of grantees and partners.
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity, and with turning ambiguity into clarity and impact.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of partners (e.g. government, development, etc.) from a diverse range of geographies, cultures, across sectors and expertise.
  • Ability to work in a complex team environment delivering on multiple outcomes; “leading from behind”.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences, build consensus and be the voice/represent the foundation, including in high-level meetings.
  • Knowledge in methods of impact evaluation, operational research and modeling.
  • Strong quantitative analytical skills.
  • Advanced degree with 10 plus years of experience; or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally. Anticipate higher initial travel needs, especially to Africa and India, during the first 12 to 18 months of employment.
  • Candidates with less experience will be considered at the Program Officer level.

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