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Senior Program Officer, Malaria

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Operations
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2024

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 Program (GHP) harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. We focus on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don’t, 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/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, and maternal, newborn and child health. These strategies are supported by functional & cross cutting teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Innovative Technology Solutions, Vaccine Development, Innovation Introduction, and Integrated Development.

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

The Malaria Team is recruiting a Senior Program Officer (SPO) to support the Malaria Director and Program Strategy team (PST) in achieving its impact goals by strategically developing and managing a portfolio of complex product development and delivery investments focusing on the prevention of disease morbidity in high-risk populations and prevention of malaria transmission. This requires high-level project management skills, monitoring and evaluation expertise, as well as the management of large Product Development Partnerships and/or other partner relationships.

*Must be based in the U.S. with Seattle being the preferred location.

What You’ll Do

Specifically, the SPO will be responsible for the following:

  • Manage the malaria vaccine and oral & injectable chemoprevention investment strategy for the PST and ensure that is integrated into the higher level Prevent Transmission strategy and the overall foundation’s malaria eradication strategy.
  • Develop use case and iTPPs for product classes within the 1st and 2nd generation vaccine pipeline. Develop business cases and plans for cost effective analyses for tradeoffs within this portfolio.
  • Critique grantee’s product development, regulatory and launch plans, and help maintain updated project management timelines for product development for BMGF management.
  • Lead teams to develop, manage and implement investment-level plans, and negotiate, execute, and manage complex, performance-based contracts/grants.
  • Review investment concepts & new grant proposals; provide clear, concise & insightful written analyses & recommendations for funding to management and back to the grantee. Review progress reports, report progress to management, and authorize grant funding for existing investments.
  • Consult regularly with partners and grantees to maximize impact of projects and ensure optimal learning. This may include site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.
  • Attend international meetings to represent the foundation and shape global, regional, and country agendas in line with foundation strategy, with guidance from the Director and Deputy Directors.
  • Manage internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, budgeting and reporting.
  • Contribute to the design of new strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.
  • This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with partners internally and in the field.

Your Experience

The foundation is seeking an individual with expertise in malaria and/or vaccine research & development.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • An MD, PhD, or equivalent in a related field is preferred.
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience working in antimalarial and/or vaccine research & development. Experience working in a malaria-endemic country is desirable.
  • Proven ability to evaluate new technologies and innovations. Experience with business plan and cost effectiveness analyses is strongly preferred.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, organize and lead teams in a very complex matrix, and effectively/efficiently drive to evidence-based decisions.
  • Experience in a role requiring collaboration (both internally and externally), prioritization and results-orientation in a fast-paced, complex organization.
  • Experience in strategic planning and strategy implementation.

Other Attributes

  • Demonstrated capacity and initiative to solve problems with energy and a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated excellence in scientific writing and data analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
  • The ability to manage relationships (internally and externally), communications, knowledge sharing, information gathering.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility particularly as part of a team.
  • Experience working on teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally.

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

The salary range for this role is $229,100 to $355,200 USD. We recognize high-wage market differences in Seattle and Washington D.C., where our offices are located. The range for this role in these locations is $249,600 to $386,900 USD. As a mission-driven organization, we strive to balance competitive pay with our mission and new hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary range between the minimum and the midpoint salary range. Actual placement in the range will depend on a candidate’s job-related skills, experience, and expertise, as evaluated during the interview process.

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Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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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.