Program Officer, Vaccine Development & Impact
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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The TeamOur Global Health Program 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 proven 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, biologics, and diagnostics. Our priorities in infectious diseases focus on strategies to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases, and pneumonia. Our work in maternal, neonatal and child health focuses on ensuring that women and newborns survive and remain healthy before, during and after childbirth, and ensuring optimal growth, neurodevelopment, and resistance to disease, by identifying and addressing underlying biological vulnerabilities. We also support innovative research in reproductive health. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery & Translational Sciences, Vaccine Development, Surveillance, Integrated Development, and Innovation Introduction.
The goal of the Pneumonia & Pandemic Preparedness (PPP) Team is to accelerate the reduction in childhood deaths from pneumonia, meningitis, and neonatal sepsis in low- and middle-income countries. We also aim to minimize mortality and prevent transmission during epidemics and viral respiratory pandemics. We do this by accelerating the development and commercialization of novel and lower-cost vaccines and monoclonal antibodies for our target populations. Our prevention efforts target the following pathogens: pneumococcus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), group B streptococcus (GBS), meningococcus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, as well as pandemic influenza and coronaviruses. Given that a growing portion of deaths in young children happen before a child can be vaccinated, we are developing vaccines that can be delivered safely during pregnancy (maternal immunization) to protect vulnerable infants during the first months of life through antibodies transferred from their mothers. We are also focused on antimicrobial resistance as an increasing global health threat that disproportionately contributes to neonatal sepsis deaths. Guiding the prioritization of global health interventions, our team’s surveillance efforts define the global disease burden through better primary data and support countries to pilot integrated disease surveillance.
Hiring/Reports to Manager: Gail Rodgers, Deputy Director, Pneumococcal and Meningococcal Programs.
The Program Officer will have both grant management and project management responsibilities.
This role will manage a grant portfolio that supports development of new pneumococcal conjugate vaccines and associated impact. In addition to working on the scientific areas of clinical vaccine development, schedule optimization and impact assessment, this role will serve as a project manager and be responsible for coordinating and tracking achievement of milestones and timelines for a vaccine development portfolio for a range of bacterial and viral pathogens.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required to build strong, positive relationships and bring ownership and oversight to the grant management work which engages with internal and external partners. This work is likely to result in transformative changes in life-saving vaccines for children, and thus is very high priority within the foundation.
What You’ll Do
Grant Management (70%)
Plan, run, and implement a wide range of activities in support of introduction and continued optimization of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine programs, strategic planning, grant management and external relationship management.
Review submitted concept notes & grant proposals; provide clear, concise & insightful written analyses & recommendations for funding including drafting & editing proposal summaries & progress reports for existing grants for review by foundation leadership.
Consult and co-develop ideas with grantees to achieve desired impact of grants; conduct site visits, provide technical assistance, convene meetings, and apply and evaluate milestone-based performance objectives.
Manage internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, grant budgeting and reporting.
Prepare and write briefs and synthesize existing literature. Provide written analysis of key topics as strategically relevant to the PPP team.
Identify promising areas of research and programming to fill key gaps in our knowledge related to pneumonia, and develop or guide development of related requests for proposals.
Identify & cultivate partners to build coalitions and achieve objectives.
This role requires high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.
Project Management (30%)
Portfolio management: track progress against strategic and financial goals to improve impact of portfolio; coordinate input from internal and external partners; support updating of annual scorecards and other performance measurement tools; document key activities and decisions; identify risks; resolve or call out issues when necessary; promote efficiency and productivity on the team.
Meeting management: provide project management support (agenda, materials, facilitation, minutes).
Communication and reporting: develop and maintain strategy dissemination materials; support coordination and preparation of materials for key leadership meetings.
MPH and/or PhD preferred with 5+ years demonstrated experience or equivalent.
Proven understanding and experience in epidemiology and end-to-end vaccine development is required.
Experience in project management, new vaccine introduction, and optimization of vaccine programs is preferred.
Proven effectiveness as a collaborator with internal and external organizations.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team effort with efficiency and diplomacy.
Experience in working on teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
Experience working in low- and middle-income countries preferred.
Excellence in scientific writing and data analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
This role will require the ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally to grantee meetings, conferences, site visits, and convenings.
The typical salary range for this role is $114,600 to $213,200 USD. The exact offer will be determined by a variety of factors such as the candidate’s individual skills, qualifications, and experience relative to the requirements of the role.
*Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.
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