Senior Program Officer, Enteric & Diarrheal Diseases

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th February, 2015

Job Description


- As a core member of the Global Health - Enteric & Diarrheal Diseases (EDD) Program Strategy Team (PST), the Senior Program Officer (SPO) - EDD is responsible for the development and management of a strategic and catalytic portfolio of EDD-related investments (grants and contracts). The primary focus of this portfolio will be on research and interventions for improved gut health and reduction of 0 – 5 morbidity and mortality in the developing world. The SPO – EDD partners with and reports directly to the Director, EDD. This is a Seattle-based role.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

- Serve as an internal expert on EDD research, with focus on environmental enteropathy and interventions (in target geographies) to help shape strategy and drive progress against strategic priorities.
- Successfully manage collaborative internal and external partner relationships and provide thought leadership to support innovative and impactful research for interventions for enteric and diarrheal diseases.
- Use technical expertise to identify, develop and manage strategic investments related to all aspects of portfolio.
- Provide guidance to other program officers to develop and manage related investments and sub-initiatives.
- Build and manage highly collaborative grantee and partner relationships to maximize impact of projects and ensure optimal learning. This may include: site visits, providing technical guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.
- Identify & cultivate partners to build coalitions and achieve objectives.
- Attend meetings to represent the foundation and influence global, regional and country agendas in line with global objectives.
- Provide clear written analyses and recommendations for funding, including proposal summaries and progress reports for new and existing grants for review by foundation leadership
- As needed, may participate in hiring, managing and onboarding new employees, including communicating performance expectations, giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.


- MD with clinical training in pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric nutrition, pediatric endocrinology and/or PhD in field related to gut immunology or child nutrition and growth, preferred
- A minimum of 15 yrs. experience applying scientific expertise to lead the development and implementation of research related to enteric inflammation or malnutrition/growth failure in children.
- Understanding of the complexities of basic science and clinical research, along with proven ability to translate research findings into highly effective programs.
- Related research or clinical experience in target geographies (Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia) with an understanding of the complexities of in-country field research work preferred.
- Skilled at identifying areas for program improvement; innovative and collaborative problem solver.
- Exceptional communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to gain clarity among diverse stakeholders and ensure alignment toward shared goals/outcomes.
- Ability to represent and communicate the complexities of the foundation's strategies and goals to key programmatic partners both internally and externally.
- Knowledge of global health landscape; experience managing key relationships with global partners and developing country governments;
- Ability to collaborate effectively in a matrixed environment – manage, organize and prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines within a fast paced environment with multiple and competing demands
- Demonstrated ability to work and lead with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility particularly as part of a team effort. Experience in working on teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
- Proven ability to lead and influence data-driven strategy planning and implementation.
- Demonstrated excellence in scientific writing and data analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
- Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally.
- We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits program that reflects the foundation's values and culture.
- As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check


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