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Senior Program Manager, Malaria

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 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 Foundation’s Malaria Program Strategy Team (Malaria PST) aims to improve existing tools and discover and develop new ones to reduce and prevent malaria transmission, and in the long term, eradicate malaria worldwide. Our strategy is based on our assumption that the preventive and curative tools that are currently available are not sufficient to achieve eradication everywhere, especially in areas of high transmission, and that emerging resistance to drugs and insecticides present additional challenges. With eradication as the aim, our strategy focuses both on improving current approaches and on intensive research and development toward the creation of new drugs, vaccines, vector-control tools, and diagnostics to prevent and interrupt transmission of the two major species infecting humans - P. falciparum and P. vivax. The foundation works with bilateral and multilateral partners to drive the discovery, development, and delivery of improved and new tools; demonstrate and document impact, especially of integrated interventions; and improve surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation needed to achieve and document eradication. We also engage in modeling to better understand the potential impact of new tools and the optimal combination of such tools to achieve eradication in different settings. Underlying these efforts is our ongoing analysis of financial needs and advocacy for sustained commitment, funding and supportive policies that are needed in the long-term fight against malaria.

Your Role

As a (Senior) Program Manager you will play a crucial role in the foundation's efforts to eradicate malaria. Collaborating with the technical program team, the Senior Program Manager will provide strategic management, facilitate operational oversight of program portfolios, and drive planning of R&D delivery of innovative solutions. This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the global fight against malaria, working alongside dedicated experts to shape our overall investment strategy and orchestrate grant portfolios across pharmaceutical and vector control research and development (R&D), as well as grant portfolios in innovative health data use globally.

This position reports to the Deputy Director, Strategy Planning & Management.

What You’ll Do

Strategic Program Management:

  • Partner with the technical program team, leadership team, and external collaborators (within and beyond the foundation) to shape and implement strategies for malaria eradication.

  • Develop long-term roadmaps, identify milestones, and handle risks and dependencies to accelerate progress.

  • Facilitate cross-functional initiatives in R&D investments, delivery strategies, and other critical areas to advance malaria eradication goals.

Annual Resource Planning:

  • Collaborate with the leadership and technical program team to develop and implement annual resource plans, in line with foundation guidance.

  • Identify resource needs, assess funding gaps, and prioritize initiatives for optimal resource allocation.

  • Enable efficient utilization of available funding, considering program priorities and impact potential.

  • Identify budgetary trade-off decisions and recommend options for leadership decision-making, including shifts across portfolios and key initiatives

  • Ensure that the team maintains accurate reporting on programs and investments, including independent performance assessment of these

Executive Leadership Communications:

  • Support the technical program team in developing high-quality memos and meeting materials for executive leadership (i.e., foundation co-chairs and CEO).

  • Gather and synthesize relevant data, insights, and program updates into clear, executive-level communications.

  • Craft comprehensive and compelling materials to effectively communicate program progress, challenges, and opportunities.

  • Project manage individual leadership communication efforts, including developing workplans/timelines and coordinating the team against milestones.

Portfolio Management and Resource Optimization:

  • Support the leadership team with analytics and thought partnership to enable integrated portfolio management, ensuring alignment across efforts within the team, and with the foundation's malaria eradication goals.

  • Identify resource trade-off decisions and recommend options for leadership decision-making, including assessing large, long-term investments for efficiencies (in partnership with Financial Planning & Analysis)

  • Monitor progress, identify critical outputs and outcomes, and optimize resource allocation / trade-offs to drive efficient and impactful investments.

Partner with financial planning colleagues to apply resource management judgment to effectively allocate and coordinate execution of funding across the portfolio. Integrated planning for country, product, and other cross-functional Initiatives:

  • Organize and coordinate high-complexity, cross-functional initiatives to advance malaria eradication, collaborating closely with the technical program team and external collaborators (e.g., African malaria programs, World Health Organization, US Government President’s Malaria Initiative, and the Global Fund).

  • Develop long-term roadmaps, define critical outputs and outcomes, identify interdependencies and handle risks for integrated planning along key initiatives or key geographies.

  • Similarly, develop and facilitate roadmaps for drug, vaccine, biologics, diagnostics, and vector control product development and introduction.

  • Coordinate activities within and across initiatives, track progress, and ensure adherence to timelines and quality standards.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Management:

  • For key initiatives, develop and implement robust MERL frameworks to assess program progress and impact.

  • Establish key performance indicators, data collection methodologies, and analysis techniques.

  • Use evaluation findings to guide evidence-based decision-making and refine strategies.

  • Develop solutions for knowledge management, and lead change management to enable usage.

People Management, Business Team Leadership, and Process Optimization:

  • Lead, manage, empower, and influence people, direct reports, broader team, and matrix partners, using adaptive strategies depending on situation and people involved.

  • Lead a team of Program Coordinators facilitating grant-making and management with Program Officers.

  • Provide guidance, mentorship, and support to ensure effective coordination and execution of grant coordination activities.

  • Drive business process optimization to increase efficiency of grants and contracts management.

Your Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of prior work experience in a related role required

  • Proven experience in strategic program management, preferably in global health or related fields.

  • Strong project management skills with a focus on long-term planning, risk management, and outputs and outcomes tracking.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving capabilities, including an understanding of quantitative research and translating data into actionable insights.

  • In-depth understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and product development processes.

  • Outstanding communication skills and experience, including drafting executive memos, slide making and story lining key messages for executive presentations

  • Outstanding collaborator management skills, enabling effective community and collaboration across diverse teams.

  • Demonstrated passion for global health and a deep commitment to making a positive impact on vulnerable communities.

  • Advanced degree preferred in a relevant field such as public health, life sciences, business administration, or a related fields.

  • Prior experience in management consulting at a premier firm preferred

  • Prior experience in infectious diseases preferred, ideally with a focus on malaria or other relevant tropical diseases.

  • Prior experience living and/or working in a low- and/or middle-income country preferred.

  • French or Portuguese language proficiency preferred, but not required.

  • 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 $164,800 to $306,500 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.


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.