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

Responsibilities    

- 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.

Qualifications    

- 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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