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Senior Program Officer, New Product Planning & Introduction LTE

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Product, Operations
London, UK
Posted on Friday, November 3, 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

Our Global Health (GH) program harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in low-income countries by focusing on health problems that have a major impact but receive too little attention and funding. Where proven tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they do not, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Our work in infectious diseases focuses on strategies to fight and prevent HIV, malaria, tuberculosis (TB), neglected and other infectious diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases, and pneumonia. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Vaccine Development, and Integrated Development.

Our TB and HIV work is combined under a joint TB & HIV Program Strategy Team (PST), and focuses on research, development, introduction, and delivery of new products and tools. The foundation’s TB team aims to address key gaps along the TB care pathway through new approaches to protecting against infection, preventing progression from infection to disease, and improving diagnosis and treatment. Our efforts are diversified based on the understanding that vaccines, diagnostics, drugs, and improved care delivery are all essential to addressing the TB epidemic.

HIV remains a global epidemic that disproportionately impacts some of the most vulnerable populations. While ART scale-up has led to decreased mortality and incidence, there remains a persistently high incidence. The HIV Program’s strategic vision is to accelerate the reduction in the incidence of HIV infection in high-burden geographies and populations, and a main focus for the program is to develop new prevention interventions, including vaccines and biologics and enable their effective use.

Your Role

The Senior Program Officer (SPO), New Product Planning & Introduction LTE is a member of the New Product Planning and Introduction team within the broader TB & HIV PST in the Global Health Division.

The SPO’s efforts will be focused on enabling and accelerating the launch of new TB & HIV biomedical interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The postholder will develop and lead investments and projects supporting TB and/or HIV product introduction in select focus countries for the PST and will also cultivate productive relationships with key country-level decision-makers by coordinating product launch activities with Ministries of Health (MoHs) and global normative and funding agencies including the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), The Global Fund, and World Health Organization (WHO), among others. The SPO will ensure that these investments and partners are well-coordinated and aligned with the team’s overall strategic goals.

This is a two-year limited-term position. The postholder will be based in London and report to the Deputy Director for New Product Planning and Introduction.

What You'll Do

a) Product Launch Leadership

  • Navigate supply-side considerations for new products, including timely access to ample and cost-effective product volumes for LMICs, in close partnership with the Deputy Director.

  • Anticipate and develop action plans and investment ideas for market development and demand generation of new products in select focus countries, in line with the program and team strategy, in partnership with grantees and other external stakeholders (e.g. MoHs, civil society, private sector).

  • Develop and lead new projects supporting product launch efforts, such as market research, implementation studies, and demonstration projects. Identify catalytic investment opportunities that will impact the TB and/or HIV epidemic, and be generalizable to other countries or lead to changes in global guidance.

  • Establish and sustain effective working relationships with key external partners in TB and/or HIV, including MoHs, global and multilateral partners, and key opinion leaders, and demonstrate leadership in the field of TB and/or HIV and new product introduction. Maintain an understanding of the country landscape of TB and HIV activities and investments by these key partners as well as implementers and communities.

  • Seek opportunities to coordinate and synergize investments where appropriate and avoid redundancy across foundation teams and partners, as a good steward of foundation resources. Ensure effective collaboration across product launch efforts among both internal team members and external partners.

  • Demonstrate a strategic approach with an ability to frame projects in a broader strategic context.

b) Grants Management and Team Engagement

  • Develop and manage investments with cross-functional team members and a wide variety of internal and external partners to drive new product planning and introduction and improve TB and HIV outcomes.

  • Write background documents, briefs, and presentations, including relevant literature reviews, landscape analyses, and data analysis based on internal needs for portfolio/grant progress reporting and/or new grant development.

  • Participate in initiative and other meetings as a contributing member of the team across various bodies of work providing lessons and insights. Support other bodies of work as a collaborator where needed.

  • Routinely engage with the New Product Planning and Introduction Team, the Product R&D team, and the Delivery team, as well as TB & HIV department leadership on portfolio progress, grant and goal updates, and key events or activities.

Your Experience

  • Advanced degree in life science, public health, public policy, or related field, with extensive experience and track record in healthcare marketing and commercial development.

  • Demonstrable hands-on experience in biomedical product launch/introduction required, in LMICs and sub-Saharan Africa region preferred. In-depth knowledge of TB and/or HIV preferred. Launch experience in main product areas of drugs, vaccines/biologics, and in vitro diagnostics preferred.

  • Strong familiarity with biomedical product development/R&D processes with an emphasis on late-stage clinical development and parallel product launch activities, including both supply-side and demand-side requirements.

  • Deep understanding of in-country healthcare service delivery, preferably in developing countries, with full appreciation for the complexities of implementing and managing field-based programs with sustainability as a priority.

  • Experience working with governments, MoHs, NGOs, and academic/research institutions, as well as with regional, multi-country institutions such as the WHO and global funders such as PEPFAR and The Global Fund.

  • Program and/or project management capabilities; from workplan concept development through Implementation, with strong organizational and prioritization skills. Experience making/managing grants and overseeing program/project budgets also strongly preferred.

  • A healthy bias for action and execution of work.

  • Skill and capacity to deal with ambiguity, and to turn ambiguity into clarity and impact.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences, build consensus and be the voice/represent the foundation, including in internal and external meetings.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with humility and respect with a wide variety of partners (e.g., government, development, industry, etc.) from a diverse range of geographies, cultures, across sectors and expertise.

Other Attributes

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 25%.

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

Application deadline: 26 November 2023


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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.