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Program Officer, Development Policy & Finance

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Accounting & Finance, Operations
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2023

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. We believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve. We provide an exceptional benefits package to employees and their families which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage with no premiums, generous paid time off, paid family leave, foundation-paid retirement contribution, regional holidays, and opportunities to engage in several employee communities. As a workplace, we’re committed to creating an environment for you to thrive both personally and professionally.

The Team

The Development Policy & Finance (DPAF) team is the foundation’s development economics and finance team, accountable for ensuring GPA’s work – and by extension the foundation’s work – is informed by strong economic and financial analysis and viewpoints, resonant with economic trends, and connected with key decision-makers at major multilateral development banks (MDBs), development finance institutions (DFIs) and think tanks focused on development economics and finance. This is not a research team but a group of economists, grant makers and development finance experts accountable for using economic analysis and perspectives to strengthen foundation policy and advocacy strategies, and for growing the community of economic policymakers engaged in foundation issues such as global health, human capital, and gender equity.

Your Role

As a Program Officer, you will report to the Deputy Director, International Development Finance, working in a hybrid remote work arrangement from our Washington, D.C. office. You are a creative, thoughtful, and curious leader that identifies as a problem solver, trusted partner, and subject matter expert. You will have two roles within the team.

  • You will work with the Advisor to manage and coordinate DPAF activities related to our large and visible body of work with the World Bank and other multilateral development banks (MDBs). You will support our foundation program teams in building effective partnerships with multilateral development banks, undertake or support analysis of important financial and operational issues at the MDBs, and prepare materials (memos, briefing notes, Powerpoints) for senior foundation audiences.

  • You will work with the Deputy Director, International Development Finance, and DPAF Senior Program Officers to advance the team’s work on several development policy and finance issues, such as climate finance, gender and macroeconomics, human capital and economic transformation. In this role, you will support the team in monitoring and analyzing major trends and publications in these areas; identifying, developing, and managing investments with partner organizations; and producing briefing and informational materials for internal audiences.

This is a 2-year Limited Term Employment position with salary and foundation provided benefits package. This position is eligible for relocation assistance.

What You’ll Do

Relationship Management (33%)

  • Plan and organize foundation leadership interactions with IMF and MDB senior officials, and with think tanks and CSOs trying to influence them.

  • Organize foundation participation in the IMF/World Bank Spring and Annual Meetings.

  • Support foundation program teams to develop MDB engagement strategies and advise on individual investments, as requested.

  • Maintain DPAF’s suite of materials on investing with the MDBs and organize quarterly internal MDB partner meetings.

  • Monitor foundation investments in the MDBs.

  • Represent the foundation in discussions with the World Bank on their ongoing trust fund reform agenda.

Research Assistance (33%)

  • Serve as a source of in-house expertise on the multilateral development banks and development policy and finance, supporting strategy development and overall priorities for the DPAF team and wider Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) division.

  • Contribute to and produce research summaries and data analysis; write reports, memos, articles, and blog posts for foundation staff and external use in response to MDB and development policy and finance data and trends, new research, and political / economic developments.

  • Develop tables, graphs, charts, and other graphics for presentations and written materials.

  • Attend meetings, take notes, and write summary reports of outside policy briefings, conferences, forums, and symposiums.

Grant Management / Project Support (33%)

  • Assist in developing and managing a portfolio of grants covering multilateral development banks and other development policy and finance partners. The work will include supporting grantees through the proposal development and other internal processes, linking grantee research to advocacy opportunities, and coordinating portfolio progress.

  • Serve as a resource for relevant teams across the foundation to ensure coordination and alignment of our MDB work and development policy and finance work. This will include representing DPAF at relevant country and thematic working groups and task teams, as well as ensuring that our work is relevant and used by other teams at the Foundation including advocacy and government relations teams.

  • Participate in meetings, coordinate programmatic input, and write and review briefs to prepare Foundation Leadership for high-profile events.

Your Experience

  • Advanced degree in economics, finance, public policy, development, consulting, or a related field.

  • 5+ years of experience working for or with the World Bank, IMF, or a regional development bank.

  • In-depth knowledge of MDBs, particularly their financial and operational models.

  • Experience working on different aspects of inclusive and sustainable economic transformation and financing, including climate, gender equity, and/or human capital-related finance and policy.

  • Sophisticated consumer – and producer – of applied policy research and analytical work on issues of development policy and finance.

  • Competency: Strong initiative, organizational skills, and ability to work autonomously and cross-functionally while remaining flexible to changing tasks, priorities, and roles and responsibilities.

  • Competency: Models professional courage – engages in trust-based debate, asks hard or unpopular questions, and is willing to say no.

  • Competency: Excellent research, analytical, writing, PowerPoint design and public presentation skills. Critical and creative problem solver.

  • Competency: Relationship building and partnership development

*Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.

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.

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Hiring Requirements

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Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We strive for a global and cultural workplace that supports ever greater diversity, equity, and inclusion — of voices, ideas, and approaches — and we support this diversity through all our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.