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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Program Officer, Polio (Program Monitoring & Reporting) in Seattle, Washington

Position Summary

In partnership with the Deputy Director, Polio (Endemics), the Program Officer (PO) will synthesize, analyze and report on polio epidemiology and polio surveillance in endemic and outbreak countries, track and report on program activities of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and analyze and describe the impact of Foundation grant-making and other investments to accelerate polio eradication.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares weekly, monthly and quarterly reports for internal and external communication to key stakeholders and partners, including briefing materials, PowerPoint presentations, reports and letters; provides clear, concise and informative analyses and insights for Foundation leadership and other key partners.

  • Synthesizes epidemiological and surveillance data, tracks and analyzes polio program activities, and monitors the impact of Foundation grants and contracts aimed at eradicating polio.

  • Consults with internal and external partners to collect, synthesize and report on a quarterly ‘scorecard’ to assess program performance in meeting key milestones.

  • Plans, manages and executes a wide range of activities in support of program implementation, data analysis and information management related to global polio eradication.

Core Knowledge & Skills

  • Knowledge across epidemiology, disease surveillance and immunization programs.

  • Strong analytical thinking skills. Ability to discriminate between important and unimportant details, recognize inconsistencies between facts and/or data, and draw correct inferences from information (including differentiating, comparing, contrasting, linking, researching).

  • Advanced written and oral communication skills and ability to effectively communicate with high-level and diverse audiences. Knack for effectively synthesizing and communicating complex information in both presentation (PowerPoint) and memo (Word) formats.

  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders, including government officials, other donors, and grantees, to effectively manage and summarize divergent points of view to advance the thinking of the group, synthesize and extract meaning from complex bodies of work and effectively communicate key takeaways for diverse audiences.

  • Experience developing and maintaining programmatic scorecards and / or other program measurement and evaluation tools.

  • Extensive project contribution and management experience.

  • Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people.

  • Knowledge of strategies for automating the process of data collection in a variety of settings and sites.

  • Experience with research methodologies and deployment of data strategies.

  • Able to travel up to 20% of the time.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s or other advanced degree with 5+ years of experience, or equivalent experience .

  • Experience related to immunization preferred but not required.

Reports to: Deputy Director, Polio (Endemics)

*Applicants for this role will only be considered if they possess current USA Work Authorization, and do not require employer-sponsored VISA support to begin or remain in this role.


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    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman, under the direction of Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates, and Warren Buffett.