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Senior Program Officer, Animal Health and Productivity- Asia

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

New Delhi, Delhi, India
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 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

From the foundation’s inception, it has focused on addressing the problems that most seriously imperil the health and well-being of the world’s poorest people. The Global Growth and Opportunities or GGO Division advances this mission by helping to improve the financial, sanitation, agricultural and education systems so that the poor – especially the poorest women and girls – to more fully participate in their economy and society. We seek solutions that are sustainable, transformative, data-driven, and inclusive.

Agricultural Development is one of the largest initiatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and falls under their Global Growth and Opportunities Division. To date, they have committed more than US$2 billion to agricultural development efforts, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The goal of the foundation is to reduce hunger and poverty for millions of farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way.

As we embark on the journey towards inclusive agricultural transformation, there is an urgent need to support vulnerable communities around the world. That includes most people in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where most households earn income by producing a mix of crops and livestock. We are working with an international coalition of partners to ensure these small-scale producers including livestock keepers have access to a wide range of climate-smart innovations. This work is part of our broader effort to support environmentally sustainable, resilient food systems that generate a good income for rural farming communities; provide consumers with access to healthy, affordable diets; and create economic opportunities that empower women.

In India, we work towards adopting solutions that respond to national and state-level demand and integrate our investments with the public and private sector, and where our strategic focus areas align with government priorities for agricultural development. We align resources and interventions with government and in-country partner priorities, convene new partnerships to generate evidence and adopt innovative models to the larger Asian context, generate evidence for policy making, other decision-making, and help shape inclusive markets.

This position reports to the Director, Poverty Alleviation, India.

Application deadline: 21st November, 2023.

Your Role

In collaboration with the Agricultural Development Program and internal business partners, the Senior Program Officer, Animal Health and Productivity- Asia (SPO) will take responsibility for part of our efforts within our animal-health, production and systems portfolio in Asia (including improving productivity, vaccines, drugs and diagnostics, animal systems) aimed at increasing livestock productivity and production. The SPO will be responsible for bringing scientific and business expertise in animal production; animal systems and animal health portfolios. This could include support for product development and downstream delivery strategies to help reduce the preventable production losses in livestock due to animal diseases, and other animal production constraints particularly in South Asia relevant to poor livestock owners. (https://www.gatesfoundation.org/what-we-do/global-growth-and-opportunity/agricultural-development)

What You’ll Do

The SPO will have the following responsibilities:

  • Develop breeding programs focused on improving genetics of livestock for better animal health, increased production, reduced methane emissions, and resilience to climate change in South Asia; and potentially Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Accelerate and scale the development of new, improved, and appropriate vaccines, drugs and diagnostics for cattle, small ruminants and poultry to enhance food and nutrition security.

  • Landscape and identify key systems, capacity needs, tools and technologies to develop livestock value chains for smallholders and pastoral system in South Asia.

  • Develop and implement comprehensive market development strategies.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure effective product adoption by small scale producers.

  • Use data-driven insights to measure impact of strategies and interventions at national level and refine strategies accordingly.

  • Develop institutional partnerships (private and public) to leverage existing vaccine, drug and diagnostic manufacturers.

  • Partner closely with Innovative Financing/ Blended Financing, PRI teams as well as investment organizations' (e.g. IFC, CDC, Gates AgOne) to develop optimal partnerships with private sector partners for livestock development.

  • Continue to learn and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the causes that hinder productivity and production of livestock in South Asia.

  • Extensive experience interacting with experts in academia or the private sector involved in animal health.

Your Experience

  • Background in veterinary medicine/PhD in animal health/genetics. MBA or equivalent degree is also desirable.

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in animal production/ health research and development (e.g. vaccines, drugs, and/or diagnostics) with experience in animal health / genetics / nutrition product development; preferably gained in a global pharmaceutical company. Additional experience in business development is a plus.

  • Extensive experience living/working in a low-income country context, with years in direct management and delivery of livestock related business.

  • A ‘can do’ attitude with a mindset that guides and motivates the team to explore new approaches and partners and take risks that can potentially accelerate our pathway to improve lives of small holder farmers.

  • Highest levels of personal and professional integrity, along with a sense of humor. Culturally and politically savvy with excellent interpersonal skills to work across teams, cultures and partners.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to convey complex situations in a clear and concise manner with a broad and diverse audience.

  • Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s values with commitment to deliver results against the Foundation’s mission.

  • Willing to travel nationally and internationally (30%).

*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.