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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Interim Senior Program Officer, Integrated Portfolio Management, Global Health in Seattle, Washington

Group Summary

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 proven 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 and pneumonia. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Vaccine Development, Integrated Development, Innovative Technology Solutions and Strategy, Planning &Management ( SPM).

Position Summary & Responsibilities

The SPM group is looking to hire an interim Senior Program Officer (SPO) for it’s Integrated Portfolio Management efforts. The SPO will ensure that the foundation has ongoing visibility on the status and performance of its global health product pipeline. You will be a thought partner with Program Strategy Teams, Functional Teams and Global Health Leadership to frame key strategic questions to support investment decisions, identify and generate the necessary data to address issues related to impact, cost effectiveness and risk, assist with the prioritization of product development and other interventions.

By executing health impact and cost effectiveness analyses, this role enables Program Strategy Teams, Functional Teams, and Global Health Leadership to have the right information at the right time to make decisions about individual product investments, a portfolio of investments, as well as tradeoffs within and across portfolios. In addition to improving the way that the foundation makes resource allocation and performance management decisions, this role will drive adoption of improved portfolio management practices. This role will collaborate with PSTs, Functions, and external researchers to gather and continuously improve critical data and inputs needed to execute health impact and cost effectiveness modeling of interventions.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Apply knowledge of health impact and cost effectiveness modeling principles to set up and execute a product valuation using the foundation’s software modeling tool.

  • Work closely with foundation vendors to translate model methodology enhancements into modeling software requirements and ensure successful implementation of modeling software enhancements.

  • Contribute to the evolution of the foundation’s portfolio management approaches and tools.

  • Carry out research on relevant academic papers and global health studies to inform assumptions needed to implement health intervention models.

  • Utilize data analysis techniques to identify patterns in relevant data sets, and clearly articulate technical findings to non-technical stakeholders.

  • Drive the discussion with foundation subject matter experts to determine methodology enhancements that can be made to existing health impact models.

  • Develop presentation materials and be able to effectively communicate key subject matter to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Identify and evaluate opportunities for continuous improvement of team, division and broader foundation strategy and operational processes.

Education & Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Masters or MBA with 6-10+ years of experience including 5 years of experience designing epidemiological and/or health economic models.

  • Demonstrated quantitative and analytical skills including experience assembling, organizing and analyzing information, extracting insights and communicating findings.

  • Competency with modelling in R/Python. - Develop spreadsheet modeling, simulation, data analysis, statistics/econometrics and other quantitative skills. -Capability to quickly learn new software programs and new analytical methods.

  • Knowledge of infectious diseases, epidemiology and biostatistics techniques used in global health.

  • Proven strategic problem solving skills to structure the analysis needed to address a complex and ambiguous question, within the resources and time constraints provided.

  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills to effectively calibrate input and synthesize information to connect with varied and diverse audiences.

  • Broad understanding of global health & development issues and some global health & development experience.

  • Experience with strategy development, execution, measurement, review and adjustment processes.

  • Ability to drive change across a complex organization. Experience in developing and managing strong partnerships and relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Candidates with less experience will be considered as an Interim Program Officer

The employee transfer policy applies to internal backfill positions. An employee may apply for an open position after at least 12 months in their current position. If you meet this requirement and wish to pursue a backfill opportunity, you are required to have a conversation with your manager to confirm their support before you apply. In rare cases, the requirement of a minimum of 12 months in a position may be waived if a transfer is critical to the foundation’s goals and is approved by the current manager and their HR Consultant (HR Business Partner or Generalist).

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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

  • Prior Protected Activity

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists’ whose purpose is to work to reduce inequity. Our vision is to ensure a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. We have four missions to:

  • Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive;

  • Empower the poorest, especially women and girls, to transform their lives;

  • Combat infectious diseases that particularly affect the poorest; and

  • Inspire people to take action to change the world.

Key to enabling these missions is our commitment to science and innovation, collaboration and partnership, measurement and rigor, as well as optimism and risk taking. Based in Seattle, the foundation has a worldwide staff of 1,500 people and is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. We have offices in the United States, Europe, India, China and Africa.

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