Program Officer, HIV Discovery, Global Health

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 6 months ago

Our Global Health Program (GHP) harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. We focus on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don't, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Our work in infectious diseases focuses on strategies to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, and maternal, newborn and child health Discovery and Tools. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Innovative Technology Solutions, Vaccine Development, and Integrated Development.

Group Summary:

The Innovative Technology Solutions group is looking for an exceptional Program Officer to join their HIV Frontiers Program. The HIV Frontiers Program is a complementary approach to those living with HIV (PLHIV) and currently on antiretroviral therapy (ART). The program is designed to be a safe, effective and durable intervention that completely eliminates HIV infection (eradication) or suppresses viremia in the absence of ART (remission). The work will build on current knowledge while also gathering new ways to best design a curative intervention for HIV and to determine whether and how it might be applicable for the benefit of those in resource limited parts of the world.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Responsible for managing a discrete grant portfolio and/or providing research and analysis work in support of grant-making, strategy development, coordination, communications and advocacy. Contribute to the continued development of the team's strategic vision, partnering closely with team leadership to manage toward strategy and goals for the team.

  • Plans, manages and executes a wide range of activities in support of strategic planning, prospect and develop complex 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 and other partners to maximize impact of projects and ensure grants are meeting strategy goals. This may include: site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.

  • Develop, manage, resource, and implement a program that aligns with foundation strategy and is operationally integrated with other foundation programs. Contribute to the design of new strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.

  • Represent the foundation to key program-related external constituencies, as appropriate, on committees related to area of expertise and responsibilities of the position.

  • 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.

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.

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong knowledge across relevant technical area/expertise, especially in the fields of immunology, HIV biology, and/or translational research.

  • 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.

  • Proven ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships.

  • 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 ventures.

  • Understanding 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.

  • 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.

Education and Experience

PhD or other advanced degree with 4+ years of post-doctoral, or equivalent (e.g., industry) experience preferred, ideally in the fields of immunology, HIV biology, and/or translational research.

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 servein race, gender, age, cultures and beliefsand 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:

  • Race

  • Color

  • Age

  • Religion

  • Pregnancy

  • Sex

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Disability

  • Gender Identity

  • Gender Expression

  • National Origin

  • Genetic Information

  • Veteran Status

  • Marital Status

  • Prior Protected Activity

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