The Program Officer will be responsible for developing and executing impactful advocacy communications, with an emphasis on Research and Development (R & D) and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The role will support the foundation’s program goals and strategies, as well as managing a discrete grant portfolio and/or providing work in support of grant-making and strategy development for communications and advocacy. They will work within an advocacy and communications cluster that covers HIV, TB, Malaria, NTDs, GH R&D and Global Fund, reporting to the Senior Program Officer overseeing communications within this team.
Plans, manages and executes a wide range of activities in support of strategic planning, prospect and develop effective investment opportunities, grant management and external relationship management.
Review letters of inquiry and grant proposals; provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding, including drafting and editing proposal summaries and progress reports for existing grants for review by foundation leadership.
Consult with grantees to achieve desired impact of grants; conduct site visits when appropriate, provide technical guidance, convene meetings and apply and evaluate milestone-based performance objectives.
Manage internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, grant budgeting and reporting. Improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Prepare and write briefs and synthesize existing literature. Provide written analysis of key topics for foundation management. Fulfill data requests from leadership.
Work in coordination with Program Strategy Teams and Program Advocacy & Communications colleagues to translate programmatic goals into effective communications plans.
Collaborate with grantees to build capacity and advance common objectives.
Develop documents in support of program portfolio, including fact sheets, statements, Q&As, speeches and submitted articles.
Collaborate with foundation’s internal media and campaign teams to manage communications for a discrete program portfolio.
Leadership and Culture
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
Reports to: Senior Program Officer, Global Health, Program Advocacy and Communications
Bachelor’s degree required or other advanced degree preferred in communications, public policy, international relations, advocacy or related field with 5+ years of equivalent experience.
Strong knowledge across relevant technical area/expertise.
Leadership abilities to work with multiple stakeholders, including government, donors, and grantees to create a common vision and visualize simple and effective but implementable solutions to complex problems.
Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people.
Strong understanding of shaping and managing sustainable and scalable partnerships and initiatives.
Experience interpreting scientific literature and data for a lay audience; facility with data visualization.
Experience with research methodologies and utilizing output to inform communications and strategies.
Understanding of health research and development process, including clinical trials and regulatory path.
Experience working with media to develop in-depth stories on complex health topics.
Strong analytical, writing and verbal skills for communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
Effective as a collaborator in complex internal and external orgs.
Extensive project contribution and management experience.
Works with efficiency and diplomacy.
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:
From poverty to health, to education, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation focuses on improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. There are four problem areas the organization focuses on; the Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In developing countries the foundation focuses on improving the health and welln...ess of people as well as helping children and families escape from extreme hunger and poverty. In the United States, the foundation focuses on low-income families and makes sure that everyone has opportunities to receive an education that will help them succeed. The foundation works with numerous organizations around the world to tackle critical problems and addresses challenging inequalities. The headquarters of this organization is based in Seattle, Washington, one of the most proactive global health and non-profit cities in the world.