Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Latest Vacancies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Latest Vacancies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – 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, the foundation 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 are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Program Officer, RI Strengthening in Africa

Ref No: B013214
Loaction:  Abuja, Nigeria
Job Type: Full time
Reports to: Deputy Director, Nigeria Country Office

Group Summary

  • The goal of the Global Development Program (GD) is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions. Our strategies focus on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Nutrition, Family Planning, and Polio.
  • These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Vaccine Delivery and Integrated Delivery as well as country teams focused on India and Africa. The Vaccine Delivery team is responsible for the key foundation goals on immunization and manages one of the foundation’s largest single grants – Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
  • The Vaccine Delivery team is structured to focus on vaccine coverage while accelerating innovation that can significantly change how we approach reaching every child.

Position Summary

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invites applications for a Senior Program Officer position aimed at strengthening routine immunization programs in select countries in Africa. Our aim is to sustainably improve routine immunization coverage in subnational geographies at risk of poliovirus transmission, with a particular focus on francophone countries.
  • We work in close collaboration with country governments and their Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) staff, as well as immunization stakeholders such as Gavi, WHO, UNICEF, NGOs and donors. We seek field-oriented, bilingual candidates familiar with routine immunization programs on the continent to help design, implement and monitor strategies that safeguard children from vaccine-preventable diseases across some of the highest risk areas of Africa.
  • The Senior Program Officer will also work closely with the foundation’s Vaccine Delivery and Polio teams, as well as the Africa and Global Policy, Advocacy & Communications teams. The position will be based in Africa and will be expected to undertake up to 40% international travel.

Core Responsibilities
The Senior Program Officer will:

  • Engage national and sub-national immunization technical staff on an agreed strategy to strengthen government routine immunization program leading to sustainable improvements in immunization coverage
  • Support the development of annual workplans at the sub-national level that strengthen the cold chain, improve immunization planning and operations, increase oversight of immunization activities through supervision and monitoring, engage families and communities on the importance of immunization, and make use of quality data to inform overall program performance
  • Monitor field activities on a regular basis, together with government counterparts and development partners, to validate planned activities, support amendments to strategy and provide feedback to local health teams
  • Engage sub-national political leadership on the importance of routine immunization as a development priority, improve visibility for immunization activities and encourage their accountability for health outcomes
  • Coordinate with Gavi and other immunization partners, including WHO, UNICEF, CDC, and civil society organizations on activities in select sub-national geographies
  • Manage consultants and grantees in priority countries, in alignment with national government health and immunization strategy plans
  • Liaise with high level government and donor leadership as required
  • Expectation of up to 40% international travel

Leadership & 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.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in public health or community health, medicine, public policy or related field
  • At least 10 years of direct experience in routine immunization programming in Africa, preferably in a francophone country and in low-resource and/or conflict settings
  • Understanding of, and ideally direct experience with, vaccination or other health programs, including basic planning, delivery, and community engagement strategies

Core Knowledge & Skills:

  • Leadership abilities to work with multiple stakeholders, including government, other donors, grantees to create a common vision and visualize simple and effective but implementable solutions to complex problems.
  • Strong strategic thinker with experience developing evidence-based strategic or operational plans as well as shaping and managing sustainable and scalable ventures
  • Experienced coalition builder and background of creating effective partnerships and establishing cross-sectoral linkages
  • Demonstrates strong personal initiative and ability to be self-directed, but also a strong collaborator and team member
  • Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, political, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people
  • Works with efficiency and diplomacy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to clearly communicate with a wide range of partners and audiences, including with the foundation senior management
  • Fluent in English and French

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online



Job Title: Senior Program Officer – Malaria Research and Service Delivery

Ref No: B013176
Loaction:  Abuja, Nigeria
Job Type: Full time

Job Summary

  • The primary purpose of the Senior Program Officer (SPO) – Malaria Research & Service Delivery, is to conceive, develop and manage a complex portfolio of grants and technical assistance at federal level and in selected states to improve child health and broader health outcomes in Nigeria.
  • This will be done specifically through supporting interventions to accelerate the reduction of malaria burden through improved data-driven decisions to kickstart endgame systems building progress; and support the “Resiliency through Azithromycin for Children” (REACH) program. The SPO will work closely with government, private sector, and civil society partners to catalyze these efforts.
  • The focus of the foundation’s work will involve development, testing and scale-up of high impact and cost-effective solutions in selected areas to drive results and influence scale across Nigeria and potentially other similar contexts within the region and Africa.  This role reports to the Deputy Director, Health, Nutrition, and Eradication.

Duties and Responsibilities 
The selected candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Identify, negotiate, execute and monitor complex, performance-based contracts/grants to accelerate increase in child health outcomes. Specifically, this position will identify activities to support adoption of new innovations/interventions into clinical practice. This includes identifying appropriate partners, undertaking operational research, training in workflow, malaria surveillance and monitor overall execution of investments.
  • Manage partnerships and grantee relationships to ensure learning and impact, for example, by conducting site visits, convening meetings of key stakeholders, monitoring and evaluating components of grants.

For the Resiliency through Azithromycin for Children (REACH):

  • Work closely with the Nigerian federal and state governments and implementing agencies to develop operational research and implementation frameworks for new and emerging interventions for child survival, such as periodic azithromycin distribution to reduce child mortality in high mortality settings.
  • Manage grants and stakeholder relationships at the country level to support early rollout of such strategies including the development of a local evidence base for appropriate policy development and scale-up.
  • Serve as a senior technical resource on new and emerging interventions for child survival, connecting international research and scientific expertise with national child survival and mortality reduction policy and priorities.
  • Liaise with Seattle-based research and product development teams to ensure research and product development strategies within Nigeria are tailored to the local context.
  • Engage a broad range of stakeholders and decision-makers working on delivery of clinical services for child survival, either in primary health clinical care settings or through mass delivery platforms such as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), supplementary immunization activities (SIAs), Child Health Weeks, etc. Within this coalition, work collectively to identify opportunities to optimize clinical services at the “last mile”, with an emphasis on making such services more accessible, effective, cost-effective, of higher quality, and client-centered. Support testing and evaluation of such opportunities through grants, contracts and technical collaboration.

For the support efforts to accelerate Malaria burden decline by improving systems to optimize intervention location, timing, and mix:

  • Work with National/State Malaria Programs and the RBM partners under the High Burden to High Impact initiative to translate the National and/or State Level Strategic Plans for Malaria into costed operational plans based on a rigorous assessment of the local epidemiology and an evidence-driven financial prioritization to maximize the available resources through data- driven, sub-nationally tailored implementation.
  • Work with the Nigeria country office health team to bring an integrated view and approach across primary health areas to:
    • Provide innovative solutions to malaria control in designing a strategy to support optimization of private sector engagement to expand access to affordable ACTs, or other areas where the private sector may play a catalytic/ or accelerator role.
    • Investigate potential opportunities in supply chain strengthening, performance management toward improved malaria interventions in Nigeria.
  • Any other duties aligned with the foundation malaria strategy in Nigeria

In addition:

  • Represent the foundation to key selected government health leaders, platforms, and working groups on malaria at state and federal levels – this would include delving into issues from the policy level to the facility and community (i.e. demand generation) levels. Potentially taking responsibility for coordinating all foundation health and development activities in one or more states.
  • Play a liaison and advisory role with different Seattle-based Global Health and Global Development teams (NTD, Malaria) and the Nigeria County Office on investments aimed to optimize equitable coverage, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for specific clinical services and tools.
  • Act as the Nigeria focal point for key global mechanisms supporting global health strategies (Global Fund, END Fund, WHO, PMI, ect).
  • Collaborate with foundation colleagues in related program areas to take advantage of cross-sector grant making opportunities.
  • Implement other duties as assigned

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.

Education and Experience

  • The ideal candidate will hold an advanced degree in Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology or related field (e.g. MSPH, MHA, MPH, MD, PhD).

Core Knowledge and Skills:

  • 10+ years of proven experience in public health service delivery management in African settings.
  • 5+ years of experience in a low-income country context, or equivalent experience, in managing clinical service delivery programs at scale including introduction of new treatment, use of diagnostics and other decision tools to improve quality, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of care. Experience providing advice to government, donor, implementing agency, and other national-level stakeholders in developing countries.
  • In particular, in the implementation of child health interventions through mass-delivery platforms such as supplementary immunization activities, mass drug administration for malaria and/or neglected tropical diseases, Child Health Weeks, etc. Experience with both public and private sectors is a plus.
  • The candidate should have an in depth understanding of the Nigerian health system, as well as economic, social, and political factors that influence health outcomes.
  • In-depth experience in broader public health with a strong development orientation backed with excellent management capabilities.
  • Experience of integration across disease areas and/or integrating health and “non-health” interventions is a plus.
  • Experience in managing complex delivery of health programs, with evidence of achievement of significant results whether directly or indirectly influenced.
  • Collaborates: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared/joint objectives, both internally and externally. Ability to orchestrate effective decisions across a broad range of issues and stakeholders, assess progress, analyze gaps, and make necessary changes.
  • Strategic Mindset: Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into strategies, concrete theories of change and actions. Ability to think/act like an investor and a creative and generative thinker. Innovative and open-minded approach; ability to question and challenge colleagues including managers and partners in a constructive manner.
  • Manages complexity and ambiguity effectively: Making sense of complex, high quantity and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems – especially in managing relations. Demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a complex, fast-paced environment both in Nigeria and in headquarter (Seattle).
  • Communicates effectively: Developing and delivering communications that convey complex situations in a clear and concise manner with a broad and diverse audience.
  • Demonstrable experience with effective interactions between country level and headquarter offices is critical.
  • Being resilient: Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations both internally and externally. Self-motivated and self-managing.
  • Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people.
  • Ability to travel up to 40% domestically and internationally.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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