Senior Program Officer, Infectious Diseases Communications

Senior Program Officer, Infectious Diseases Communications

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA, United States

Your Role

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will serve as PAC Infectious Diseases Communications lead. You develop and implement communications with an emphasis on Infectious Diseases. This role will support our program goals and strategies, as well as leading a discrete grant portfolio and providing support to grant making and strategy development. You will work within the PAC Infectious Diseases team that also covers advocacy for Malaria, NTDs, HIV and TB and their related financing entities. This role reports to the Deputy Director, Infectious Diseases with a dotted line to the Senior Communications Lead, PAC Health. You will also be accountable for participating in both individual and group learning and work to increase the diversity, equity and inclusion of the foundation and our work.

What You’ll Do

  • Plan, lead, and carry out the implementation of multiple advocacy communications strategies to generate attention, resources, and policy changes specifically related to infectious diseases.
  • Develop a broad array of evidence-based materials inclusive of messages, fact sheets, press releases, FAQ documents, data visualizations, and other creative writing materials).
  • Support and collaborate with teams in developing and implementing communications strategies.
  • Lead a diverse and inclusive global portfolio of grants and contracts, including reviewing letters of inquiry and grant proposals and crafting written analyses and recommendations for funding.
  • Lead all aspects of agency and consultant support to help implement advocacy, communications, and champion building objectives.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key communications leads of grantees, donors, and civil society organizations in coordination with the foundation’s Communications division.
  • Proactively identify potential platforms to elevate messages that address the foundation’s infectious disease (HIV, TB, Malaria and NTD) priorities.
  • Lead a portfolio of grants and contracts to advance the advocacy communications outcomes in support of program strategies, including reviewing letters of inquiry and grant proposals and providing clear, concise, and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding.
  • Counsel advocacy and PST colleagues on potential inclusion of communications elements into grant proposals.
  • Collaborate with grantees and other partners to improve the impact of projects and ensure communications grants are meeting strategy goals. This may include site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key partners.
  • Collaborate with external partners to identify opportunities where foundation grantees can engage and represent the foundation to key program-related external constituencies, as appropriate.
  • Identify and assess key communications risks at the portfolio level; develop and manage mitigation and contingency plans.
  • Collaborate with country and regional communications staff from our Europe Middle East and Asia, and North America teams, communications staff in the broader PAC health team to align strategies, develop joint investments and communications content, as well as our central communications to develop world-class issue communications approaches that includes internal and external voices.
  • Proactively work with peers/fellow SPOs to ensure a consistent approach as well as application of appropriate rigor to portfolio management across PAC Infectious Diseases.
  • Consult with partners regularly to maximize the impact of projects and ensure optimal learning to inform our work. This may include site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.
  • Write and produce clear, concise, and insightful briefings, reports, email updates, and other materials on key Malaria and other relevant issues for foundation leadership.
  • Participate in and learn from the program strategy team, and GPA and PAC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) efforts to ensure that we are continuing to make progress towards realizing our commitments.
  • Participate in cross PAC efforts to enhance our integration, accelerate impact, and maintain a cohesive and dynamic culture.

Your Experience

  • Advanced degree required with 10yr+ experience or equivalent progressively senior experience.
  • Deep experience in developing policy, advocacy, and communications strategies, with an emphasis on strategic communications.
  • Experience working on Global Health and/or Development issues and communications in a developing country context is a plus.
  • Extensive experience leading the conception, design and management of communications strategies, creative content management, excellent writing and editing skills, ability to strategically assess opportunities, and a proven capacity to translate sophisticated health and development issues into compelling, persuasive writing.
  • Comprehensive experience working in the public, non-profit or private sectors, and linking communications with advocacy work, ideally in global health and development issues.
  • Knowledge of global health and development issues as well as a deep dedication to the sector.
  • Ability to learn new concepts quickly and communicate effectively with different audiences.
  • Experience developing and using communications tools and working with partners to achieve advocacy goals and policy change at the global and/or country level.
  • Expertise in health and development policy issues and advocacy efforts across donor and lower-middle-income countries, working with civil society organizations, coalitions, governments, influencers, and the media.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships.
  • Ability to present publicly in meetings, defend different strategies or approaches and keep various parties abreast of the work in play and the ultimate results/impact.
  • Proven ability to provide vision and influence others in a constructive, optimistic manner, while building and sustaining collaborative relationships.
  • Ability to work with flexibility and entrepreneurship, individually and as part of a complex team effort.
  • High standards of personal integrity; and comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic, and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diversity of people.
  • Outstanding project and team leadership skills including ability to lead strategy development through execution, develop shared goals and execution plans, prioritize, facilitate meetings, manage budgets, developing consensus, and work both autonomously and collaboratively.

Other Attributes

  • Experience managing a grants portfolio either as a grantee, receiving and reporting on a grant or as a grant manager, with direct responsibility for grant making and management.
  • Ability to work with flexibility and a high level of rigor, collaboration, and diplomacy, both individually and as part of a complex team effort.
  • High standards of personal integrity.
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time when health and safety protocols allow.

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