Senior Program Officer, Nutrition - Ethiopian Integrated Health

Senior Program Officer, Nutrition - Ethiopian Integrated Health

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Reporting to the Deputy Director, Ethiopia, you will be a member of Ethiopian Integrated Health and Nutrition team and as well as the Country Impact initiative team of the Nutrition strategy. Additionally, you will have a dotted line relationship (i.e. regular reporting including input on performance) to the Nutrition Deputy Director, Country Impact, who is based Seattle, WA.

Position Summary & Responsibilities

  • Responsible to lead the Ethiopian nutrition work and gradually incorporate regional duties mirroring need and bandwidth.
  • Lead the execution of a tailored nutrition strategy for Ethiopia while contributing to the replication strategy for the region (East and Southern Africa) as well as supporting a limited number of non-nutrition in-country responsibilities as per the EIHP team member structure and SOW.
  • Scope, propose and craft investments (grants and/or contracts) to execute activities to support the nutrition strategy as well as some non-nutrition programmatic goals.
  • Manage a portfolio of complex grants and contracts requiring high-level grant management skills, including applying and evaluating milestone-based performance objectives.
  • Participate as the Nutrition Senior Program Officer (SPO) of the EIHT to other program teams within the foundation as assigned (e.g. Agricultural Development team as it relates to the food systems initiative and the teams working in the health sector in Ethiopia).
  • Establish and nurture external partnerships that will contribute to the success of our investments in country and within the region. Work as part of the country office staff for coordinated relationship management with Federal and Regional government officials, other donors, grantees and other partners.
  • Lead efforts to promote appropriate policies and plans for health and nutrition in Ethiopia and investigate regional replication opportunities.
  • In collaboration with the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) SPO in-country and in Seattle, define and implement appropriate measures to track investment performance.
  • Serve as a partner and resource to grantees and foundation program teams to facilitate the accomplishment of strategic objectives.
  • Synthesize and document results and lessons learned from grants and contracts including preparing briefings and portfolio reviews to leadership.
  • Contribute to writing background documents, briefs, and presentations, including carrying out relevant literature reviews, landscape analyses, and data analysis.
  • Plan and coordinate partner consultations and meetings to advance understanding of key issues for the strategy.
  • Undertake and lead special projects, as requested.

Leadership & Culture

We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do extraordinary things.

Core Knowledge & Skills

We are looking for people who enjoy the opportunity of working on complex problems and collectively creating solutions that have the potential for transformative change in the lives of people around the world. You are a creative and curious leader who has an excellent track record of achievement and leadership in roles of increasing responsibility. You should be prepared to work across a diverse set of disciplines, bridging a wide range of expertise all the while being a teammate, with a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and diplomacy in an exciting, challenging environment. Additionally, we seek:

  • Experience in program design and implementation related to nutrition, food security, and/or public health; preferably gained within global health/development organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in partnership building and management in Ethiopia and/or other relevant countries.
  • Nutrition experience related to food systems. Experiencing engaging the private sector is a plus, but not required.
  • Experience working with health systems coupled with a deep understanding of public program implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience with conducting analyses.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated curiosity and comfort in areas beyond current areas of expertise with a proven ability to rapidly acquire knowledge and execute good judgment in a variety of scientific areas.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment with multiple and competing demands.
  • Ability to work with diverse teams including scientists, business analysts, program implementers and other partners.
  • Sense of humor and positive attitude required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to solve problems with energy.
  • Ability to travel within Ethiopia and internationally, up to one-third time (35%).
  • Ability to speak Amharic is desired. Fluency in English is required.

Education & Experience

  • Minimum of eight years of experience in nutrition-related field; preferably gained within Ethiopia and/or other relevant country experience.
  • Advanced degree in public health, agriculture, social sciences, or business.

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