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Senior Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications, HIV & TB

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Marketing & Communications, Operations
Johannesburg, South Africa
Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 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 mission of the Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) division is to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the foundation's work, build support for its major program and policy objectives, and develop partnerships and alliances that can advance the foundation's objectives nationally and globally. Because the foundation's resources alone are not enough to solve the challenges ahead, GPA also supports advocacy efforts to engage diverse partners and promote innovative solutions that advance our program goals. We work in close partnership with grantees, our colleagues in the Global Health, Global Development, Global Growth & Opportunity, U.S. and Gender Equality programs, and Foundation Communications to build an environment in which all people have the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.

The Program Advocacy and Communications (PAC) team works in partnership with program teams and teams in GPA to achieve their policy and finance goals by:
• Developing and coordinating the execution of advocacy and communications strategies.
• Developing, when required, resource mobilization strategies in collaboration with relevant teams.
• Demonstrating leadership and foundation voice to implement advocacy strategies.
• Developing and leading a grant portfolio dedicated to achieving advocacy outcomes.
• Directly advocating with sector leaders, influencers, media, and government officials to achieve advocacy outcomes.
• Leading issue-specific communications in service of advocacy goals.
• Developing policy recommendations or proposals in partnership with programmatic and regional offices.

Application Deadline: 24th November, 2023.

Your Role

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will serve as the global PAC strategy lead for both HIV and tuberculosis (TB). They will be responsible for leading efforts in partnership with the PAC TB & HIV team and with teams across the foundation to refresh, implement, and evaluate advocacy and communications strategies that accelerate the decline in the incidence of TB and HIV. This work supports the foundation’s HIV and TB strategies which focus on R&D (Research and development) for new vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics and the systems to equitably, and sustainably deliver tools and interventions that can drive down incidence in both epidemics. This work includes engaging both on policy and finance with relevant agencies globally (e.g., World Health Organization, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, PEPFAR, UNAIDS, USAID, Stop TB Partnership, U.S. National Institute of Health / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) and in high burden countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South & Southeast Asia.

In addition, the SPO will work within the PAC Infectious Diseases team which also includes Malaria, NTDs, and their related financing entities, and will be expected to allocate approximately 10% of their time to advocacy beyond TB and HIV. They 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 of our work.

What You’ll Do

  • Partner with the HIV & TB PAC team, programmatic teams, country and regional offices (in particular, Africa Regional Office, India and China Country offices, and North America Team), and the GPA division to update, implement, and evaluate HIV and TB PAC strategies that include market-specific approaches and assessments of political economies, ensure long-term sustainability and impact, and are collaborative to other foundation strategies.

  • Serve as the initiative lead for the HIV & TB GPA initiatives.

  • Work individually and with other program officers to develop, negotiate, and handle a portfolio of investments, including conducting research and analysis to strengthen investment recommendations, oversight of portfolio budget, and all related grant-making processes (e.g., investment reviews, strategic alignment, grantee engagement, etc.)

  • Serve as a point of contact on strategy and portfolio for internal and external partners.

  • Form partnerships with people and organizations – in the public and private sectors – to improve the strategy.

  • Conceptualize and lead high-impact and complex partnerships, grants, coalitions, and advocacy campaigns.

  • Represent the foundation and our strategies to external constituencies. This could include formal and informal presentations such as making speeches, attending conferences, committee representation, and other meetings. May serve on boards and working groups.

  • Writes and produces clear, concise, and insightful briefings, reports, email updates, and other materials on key HIV and TB 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

The SPO will report to the Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, Africa Team, based in Johannesburg, with a dotted-line reporting relationship to the Deputy Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, Infectious Diseases, based in Seattle.

Your Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, international relations, public health, development, or a related field with 7+ years of progressive senior-level experience leading advocacy initiatives in global health and development.

  • Understand the role of advocacy and communications efforts to increase awareness of global health/development issues and shape political and financial support for these issues with governmental and non-state organizations.

  • Experience working on advocacy globally and in sub-Saharan Africa and South & Southeast Asian countries with high TB burden, including interaction with senior-level policymakers, civil society organizations, coalitions, and governments.

  • Understanding the issues driving the TB and HIV epidemics or broader global health and having connections and networks within the global TB and HIV communities is desirable.

  • Experience supporting resource mobilization strategies and initiatives.

  • Understand bilateral and multilateral institutions and mechanisms (e.g., PEPFAR, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, the World Health Organization) including how they make policy and fund development programs at the national and regional levels.

  • Proven track record of providing vision and influencing others in a constructive, optimistic manner, while building and sustaining collaborative relationships.

  • Outstanding project and team leadership skills including the ability to lead teams and organizations from strategy development through execution, develop shared goals and execution plans, prioritize, facilitate meetings, manage budgets, develop consensus, and work both autonomously and collaboratively.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus, ideal.

  • Experience handling a grant's portfolio either as a grantee, receiving and reporting on a grant, or as a grant manager, with direct responsibility for grantmaking and management.

  • Experience developing and leading complex projects and/or grants in support of policy initiatives, advocacy programs, and events at the global, regional, and national levels.

  • Experience working in an environment with ambiguity while helping teams adapt to change.

  • A keenness for bringing to bear technology, and/or competence in using generative AI tools, for task efficiency is desired.

Other Attributes

  • 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 30% of the time when health and safety protocols allow.

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


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.